Understanding Ofsted ‘Deep Dives’ and the Role of Subject and School Leaders

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This webinar will help subject leads, school leaders and governors to understand what to expect from an Ofsted ‘deep dive’ and how schools can best prepare themselves.

The new Ofsted ‘Inspecting the curriculum’ guidance states that as part of a ‘deep dive’ Ofsted inspectors will:

  • Gather evidence on the curriculum intent, implementation and impact over a sample of subjects, topics or aspects in collaboration with leaders, teachers and pupils.
  • Use a ‘deep dive’ to seek to interrogate and establish a coherent evidence base on quality of education.
  • Sample other areas of education within the school to probe questions that have emerged as a result of the deep-dive work

With the new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework (EIF) now firmly in place, Maggie Parker, a practising inspector, looks at the key questions around ‘deep dives’ and the responsibilities which fall on subject and senior leaders.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding the role of subject leads and school leaders around deep dives under the EIF

  • How deep dives are shaped, their purpose and what inspectors are looking for

  • Significant questions that inspectors may focus on during a deep dive

  • How Ofsted judges curriculums and key features according to Ofsted guidance

  • Assessing your school’s wider curriculum and evaluating current teaching and learning

Maggie Parker

About The Expert

Maggie Parker

Highly experienced practising Inspector supporting schools on SEND, working closely with the DfE
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Good ideas for subject leaders

some good ideas for formative assessments
Anila Hussain, Teacher - Elangeni School

Great insight to a deep dive.

Very informative on the process of a deep dive. Clearly states the roles and expectations of subject leaders. Great use of summaries at important points throughout the webinar.
Andrea CAIN, Head of Department - St Aidan's Catholic Academy

Excellent and very informative
James Workman, - The Heath School

Understanding Ofsted ‘Deep Dives’ and the Role of Subject and School Leaders

A well presented and informative Webinar covering all areas of 'Deep Dives.'
David Scoffield, - University Academy Holbeach

Deep Dive Webinar

I thoroughly enjoyed the webinar; it was comprehensive, informative and interesting. I especially loved the quotes!
Melanie Betts, - Caistor Yarborough Academy

Well delivered & good strategies to take back for good practice.
Helen Hadley, Senior learning Mentor - Cottesbrooke Infant School

Good
Lesley Gartlan, - Carrwood Primary School

Ofted deep dive

Very informative and detailed webinar
Eugene Asare, - The Appleton School

Excellent webinar

Really useful webinar on the Deep Dive process - lots to think about and an action plan ready to use.
James Edwards, n/a - Shirebrook Academy

Humanities Leader at a Nursery and Infants School.

This was a particularly helpful webinar as it clearly sets out the structure of a 'Deep Dive', what Ofsted will be looking for, and what all members of staff (not just SLT and Subject Leaders) need to know and be able to talk about.
Abigail Highfield, Teacher - Cottesbrooke Infant School

Very interesting and imformative .
Michelle Stanhope, - Carrwood Primary School

Informative

I found this very useful, easy to understand and I liked the way it was broken down into easy chunks, thank you.
Mark Campbell, - Court Moor School

A great way to access some CPD.

Easy to access and find good CPD material. Useful to be able to start and stop when you like and watch from the comfort of your own home or work.
Tom Copping, - Hampton College

Comprehensive guidance for the subject leader

As a primary teacher, this webinar is invaluable in imparting an in-depth awareness of responsibilities and approaches key to any subject leader's success.
Julia Banks, Key Stage Lead - Grove Street Primary School and Nursery School

Understanding Ofsted ‘Deep Dives’ and the Role of Subject and School Leaders

An excellent session that I would recommend to all subject leaders as it clarifies our role well in line with the expectations of OFSTED.
Marie BICKNELL, - Kingsford Community School

Full of useful advice

A handy webinar full of questions to focus on with your department in order to be prepare for a deep dive.
Hannah Latimer, - Anglo European School

Eye opener

Really got me thinking about how best to prepare going forward.
Ali Hussain, - Holy Family Catholic School & Sixth Form

Deep dives

Informative and thought provoking.
Holly Pestell, - The Venerable Bede CE Academy

Provided clarity and reassurance!

This webinar gave me a better insight as to what a deep dive consists of and explicitly stated what a subject leaders' responsibilities consists of (referencing key points of handbook and other suggesting other relevant documentation to read).
T Thrasivoulou, Associate Head Teacher - Holy Family Catholic School & Sixth Form

Deep Dives and What Ofsted Expects

Very informative and some excellent advice for subject leads.
Chris Foster, support staff - Grove Street Primary School and Nursery School

Informative and very well presented.

This gives a really clear picture to any subject lead about the expectations on them and the type of issues they need to be thinking about in preparation for an Ofsted deep dive in their area. The coaching part at the end was also very useful.
Cate Peeters, Senior leader - Anglo European School

Understanding Deep Dives and Role of Subject + School Leaders

Having been through an Ofsted Deep dive in December 2019, it was good to be able to confirm and relate to the type of experience that was being discussed to the one that our department and school went through. The Webinar was clear and an essential watch for anyone that needs to prepare for an Ofsted inspection but more importantly, reminds you with regards to the key responsibilities of running a department
Zahid Bashir, Teacher - Queen Katharine Academy

Very thorough and clear. Enough practical tips to keep it real.
Alison Munro, - Aston Academy

Very informative.

A lot to take in...but very valuable information.
Hazel Swain, - St Peter's CE Primary School

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I thoroughly enjoyed the webinar and it has given some clear areas for me to go away and discuss with my team. It has also provided me with some new strategies and ideas with regards to assessment and in lesson assessment strategies.
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