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 recommend doing 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 recommend doing 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 deep dive

There's nothing stopping you from doing so, but you shouldn't use it to grade your staff’s performance, or prepare them for an inspection. You can use these questions to help you prepare for Ofsted, or familiarise yourself with the kind of questions inspectors are likely to ask in deep dives using our other article.

Who's involved: the phase/subject/department lead and the staff members that teach that phase/subject. This is a