How to do your own subject deep dive

Follow our step-by-step guide to help you collaborate with staff to carry out your own subject deep dive, with a view to making improvements to your curriculum.

Last reviewed on 6 March 2024
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  1. Ofsted doesn't require you to do your own deep dive
  2. Step 1. Identify areas of weakness in your curriculum
  3. Step 2. Decide which year groups to collect evidence from 
  4. Step 3. Collect evidence to find out why these are areas of weakness
  5. Step 4. Discuss your findings with staff 
  6. Step 5. Agree on your next steps 

Ofsted doesn't require you to do your own deep dive

This is because Ofsted's subject deep dives help inspectors consider the effectiveness of your curriculum in a specific timeframe. 

Ofsted says there are probably better ways of assessing your own quality of curriculum than doing internal deep dives. You can see your curriculum in more detail and as an ongoing conversation. 

If you'd like to carry out your own:

Use your deep dive as an opportunity to find out if you have a robust curriculum plan that you're delivering in practice. 

Who's involved: the phase/subject/department lead and the staff members that teach that phase/subject. This is a collaborative effort that shouldn't feel like

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