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Find out what Ofsted inspectors might ask during a primary MFL 'deep dive'. Download our list of questions based on inspections under the 2019 framework.

Ofsted inspectors use subject 'deep dives' to inspect your curriculum.

How deep dives work

Who's involved?

Your senior leadership team (SLT), curriculum leads, subject leads, teachers and pupils.

How will inspectors do this?

  • Conversations (see the questions in the KeyDoc attached below, and the section 'What will come up in conversations about your curriculum' in the article linked below for a summary of what they'll ask each group)
  • Work scrutinies (they'll look at 6 pieces of work per year group, for at least 2 year groups)
  • Lesson observations (4 to 6 lessons)
  • Curriculum documentation

Read our article on how Ofsted inspects your curriculum for more detail.

Impact of COVID-19 

Ofsted recognises the challenges placed on schools during the pandemic, including that most schools will have been unable to implement their curriculum in the usual way. 

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