Ofsted inspectors use subject 'deep dives' to inspect your curriculum. They use them to consider the 'intent, implementation and impact' of your curriculum as part of the 'quality of education' assessment.
See paragraphs 215 to 217 of the School Inspection Handbook for more details.
Ofsted has emphasised that it does not make judgements on specific subjects, lessons or teachers. Its inspectors use deep dives to help them arrive at an overall 'quality of education' judgement.
Will we get a 'deep dive' in art and design?
Ofsted might do an art and design deep dive.
In primary schools Ofsted will:
- Always do a deep dive in:
- 1 or more foundation subjects, which could include art and design
- Often do a deep dive in maths
In secondary schools, Ofsted will usually focus on a sample of 4 to 6 subjects. Art and design could be 1 of these subjects.
See paragraph 216 of the School Inspection Handbook for more details.