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Ofsted - Deep Dives

Discussion in 'Primary' started by hotchoc6, Nov 24, 2019.

  1. hotchoc6

    hotchoc6 Occasional commenter

    Has anyone had one of these? What planning does Ofsted ask to see? Are there certain subjects that get targeted?
  2. Studyzonetv

    Studyzonetv Occasional commenter

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  3. hotchoc6

    hotchoc6 Occasional commenter

    Thank you for that - it was really useful. Do you know if they will they ask to see medium term planning?
  4. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    We have been told that the Deep Dive will cover from Intent to the point of delivery, so what is being taught, why at that particular point and with what prior learning to back it up. in theory, they can't ask for planning but subject leaders will need SOMETHING to show what is being taught and how this moves from long to medium and short term delivery and what the sequence of learning is and why!
    There will be a deep dive into reading, another foundation subject and at least 2 more non core subjects.
  5. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

  6. Outdoorman

    Outdoorman New commenter

    History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages.........good luck with the last one.

    CarrieV has in spot on, they will be looking for the golden thread that runs right through the school
  7. powerpointdave

    powerpointdave New commenter

    Oh no! We had to sell our last piece of golden thread as we’d run out of glue sticks in ks2
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  8. rl3384

    rl3384 New commenter

    We think there is going to be a big focus on the non-core subjects - ensuring that the curriculum is taught well and the intent is clear. They'll be looking for progression throughout school too.
  9. cornflake

    cornflake Senior commenter

    I know of schools that have had Reading (obligatory), then Maths, Geography, Art, History, Writing, Science.... take your pick really! And yes, they wanted to see schemes that were detailed!
  10. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    "deep dive"- :rolleyes: who was paid what for coming up with that particular stupid phrase?
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  11. Geekie

    Geekie Occasional commenter

    At the moment, Reading will almost certainly be chosen, and probably maths. After that they will choose 2 or 3 foundation subjects in negotiation with the HT. Outstanding schools (who are exempt from normal inspections) may have a visit to look specifically at history, geography or languages (no such thing as MFL in primary) and this is as a fact-finding mission by Ofsted to see how the best schools do it.

    Possible questions include:
    How do you quality-assure your curriculum?
    Does your curriculum fulfill the needs of the children in the school?
    Do all children access the subject?
    Why did you choose this scheme of work?
    How do you assess?
    What do you do with your assessment information?

    They will also make lesson visits (i.e. do observations!) to make sure that the implementation matches the intent, and speak to children to see how well they have retained everything from that lesson and things from before.
  12. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Lead commenter

    Our Ofsted 2 weeks ago had deep dives into PE and RE. Not sure why: I still do not believe all schools should adhere to a 'one size fits all' curriculum.
  13. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    Do they turn up in a wet suit, diving mask and flippers ;) ?
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  14. nical73

    nical73 Occasional commenter

    We had recent Ofsted. Reading, Science, RE and Music deep dives. No plans looked at. Interested in intent of curriculum and progression. Vocab was massive and those sticky facts. Lots of discussions with many staff (subject leads, teachers observed and support staff).

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