“A really helpful session covering all areas of the new Ofsted framework. The suggested questions are really useful”

Laura Creswick , Assistant Head , Teaching & Learning, Nailsea School

Is your school Ofsted ready ?

Under the new framework Ofsted are spending less time looking at exam results and test data, and more time considering how a academy, school, college or other education provider has achieved their results. But what does this actually mean in practice and what are the implications for your school, academy or college?

What are Ofsted Deep Dives?

Ofsted deep dives are a key part of the new Ofsted Inspection Framework’s curriculum focus. An Ofsted inspection of any school, primary or secondary, will now include ‘deep dives’ into particular subjects or areas (e.g. maths or EYFS) which Ofsted will choose and inform you of prior to the inspection.

An Ofsted deep dive is an in-depth examination of a subject by inspectors. It is part of the inspectors requirement to monitor the 3 Is – Intent, Implementation and Impact – of the curriculum.

According to the new framework, the intent behind a deep dive is to “establish a coherent base on quality of education”; so multiple deep dives will give inspectors a connected sample of lessons with which to establish a clearer idea of the overall teaching quality of the school.

With a renewed focus on the quality of your school curriculum this one-day course will look at how judgements will be informed through the evidence available in your school.
Guiding you through questions and lines of enquiry this workshop will help you feel prepared and ready to articulate your approach with clarity and confidence.

  • Do you know what Ofsted are looking at and for? Do you know how to satisfy lines of enquiry and how to predict questions and inspection themes?
  • Do you know what questions they may ask? And who they want to speak with?
  • Do you know what evidence if required to present within an inspection?
  • Are you aware of the current framework and the implications this has on teaching and leading within a school?

This programme can be tailored to the needs of your middle / senior leadership team and delivered as a training session or as part of a school improvement programme. For more details on school improvement services see our ‘Preparing for Inspection’ section


– To clarify the Ofsted expectations.
– Give time to exploring the progress within subjects and how this is monitored in school.
– To be prepared for a ‘deep dive’ line of enquiry.
– Plan necessary actions that will enable you self-evaluate with accuracy and approach inspection with confidence.

INSET Outline:

The Ofsted Inspection Framework

  • Headline changes in the Ofsted framework
  • Unpacking the ‘Quality of Education’ standards
  • Intent, Implementation and Impact and Cultural Capital

Your Curriculum

  • Progression of knowledge and skills
  • Age and stage appropriate learning
  • School pedagogy
  • Sources of evidence

How judgements are made

  • What subject leaders need to know
  • Lesson Visits and work scrutiny
  • Use of assessment
  • Pupil Outcomes

Planning for deep dives in your school

  • Sample questions for subject leaders
  • Work scrutiny examples
  • Planning for accurate self evaluation


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“Thank you so very much for the fantastic INSET yesterday. It was without doubt the best INSET I have attended and absolutely met my hopes of providing a ‘health check’ and ideas to energise, the buzz this has already stimulated has been great”.

Hilary Barry, Director of Studies, Highfield School


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