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

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

In a primary school, you'll always have a reading deep dive as part of your inspection.

How deep dives work

Who's involved?

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

How will inspectors do this?

  • Conversations (see the list of questions in the section below)
  • 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)
  • Looking at curriculum documentation

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

Impact of coronavirus 

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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