The Ofsted Ready Senior Leader: Preparing for a Deep Dive

The new Ofsted framework really gives more time to look at areas and subjects in some depth: the now-famous Jacques Cousteau ‘deep dive’. This allows the school time to talk in rich detail about its teaching in different subjects.

What Is An Ofsted Deep Dive?

Ofsted deep dives are a key part of the new Ofsted Inspection Framework’s curriculum focus. An Ofsted inspection of any school, primary or secondary, will now include ‘deep dives’ into particular subjects or areas (e.g. maths or EYFS) which Ofsted will choose and inform you of prior to the inspection.

An Ofsted deep dive is an in-depth examination of a subject by inspectors. It is part of the inspectors requirement to monitor the 3 Is – Intent, Implementation and Impact – of the curriculum.

According to the new framework, the intent behind a deep dive is to “establish a coherent base on quality of education”; so multiple deep dives will give inspectors a connected sample of lessons with which to establish a clearer idea of the overall teaching quality of the school.

With a renewed focus on the quality of your school curriculum this one-day course will look at how judgements will be informed through the evidence available in your school.

Guiding you through questions and lines of enquiry this workshop will help you feel prepared and ready to articulate your approach with clarity and confidence.

Course Aims

  • To clarify the Ofsted expectations.
  • Give time to exploring the progress within subjects and how this is monitored in school.
  • To be prepared for a ‘deep dive’ line of enquiry.
  • Plan necessary actions that will enable you self-evaluate with accuracy and approach inspection with confidence.

Course Overview:

Session 1 The Inspection Framework

  • Headline changes in the new Ofsted framework
  • Unpacking the ‘Quality of Education’ standards
  • Intent, Implementation and Impact and Cultural Capital

Session 2 Your Curriculum

  • Progression of knowledge and skills
  • Age and stage appropriate learning
  • School pedagogy
  • Sources of evidence

Session 3 How judgements are made

  • What subject leaders need to know
  • Lesson Visits and work scrutiny
  • Use of assessment
  • Pupil Outcomes

Session 4 Planning for a deep dive in your school

  • Sample questions for subject leaders
  • Work scrutiny examples
  • Planning for accurate self evaluation

All sessions are led by Kat Kinshaw, former Headteacher and School Improvement Consultant. Kat has led many schools over her career and has a passion to support school teachers and leaders to self evaluate clearly, concisely with confidence.

Presenter Profile

Presenter Kat Kinshaw
Kat Kinshaw has been a teacher in London and the South West for 23 years, the last 10 as a Headteacher. Since leading Wells Cathedral Junior School (2010-2014) Kat regularly supports IAPS speaking on Leadership, Assessment, Appraisal, Teaching & Learning and Middle Management. Her career includes Prep and State Headship, LA advisor and MAT Director of Education roles. Kat has a down to earth approach, drawing on research and theory she offers realistic and practical advice to schools on a range of subjects.


Kat Kinshaw was a breath of fresh air - Supportive and friendly with a true passion.
Engaging, insightful' 'Very approachable, knowledgeable, down to earth, realistic.

Kat inspired us to really probe our systems and culture' 'Very engaging, fun, knowledgeable and inspiring.
Relaxed and approachable. Listens well to others.
Energetic, professional and experienced.
Kat has energy, confidence, excellent advice and expertise.

Training 2018-19

I am left inspired and hopeful from a wider perspective; for education and for true leadership.
Interim Headship 2019

Cost: £250 per delegate; £299 for 2 teachers from the same school booking on this course

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