The Ofsted Ready Subject Leader: Preparing for a Deep Dive

This conference will be online:-

  • Julie is presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides and activities
  • Opportunities for delegate questions and comments
  • A short task between the two sessions
  • A copy of the slides will be made available after the course, along with further materials

This is a one day course split over two days, sessions will be 4pm to 6:30pm on Tuesday 25th January and Monday 31st January 2022.

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.


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

Session 1 - The Inspection Framework

  • Headline features of the 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

Presenter Profile

Julie Bloor has a career in education that spans over thirty years, with twenty of those in senior leadership. Her career saw her become a successful Head of Humanities before she was promoted to leadership. Over the past thirteen years she has been a Principal, Executive over several schools and an NLE, trained as an Ofsted Inspector, run a Teaching School, worked as a director for a large Multi-Academy Chain and Chief Education Officer for another.

In her first two Headships she took both schools from the bottom of their local authority league tables to the most improved schools, each with an Ofsted grade of Outstanding. She also became a Pupil Premium Reviewer due to the excellent outcomes her school achieved for their disadvantaged students. The School Improvement work she has undertaken, across a wide range of schools, has always had a significant impact. School improvement is Julie’s passion, as is ensuring all children have a first-class education that changes their life chances. Julie is currently a Trustee for Astrea Academy Trust and works delivering the new NPQHs for Ambition Institute. She lives in a village in Cambridgeshire with her husband, enjoying gardening, running and holidays to France when possible.

Feedback from teachers on this course

A really useful and informative course which was well managed and delivered. There were lots of good resources and practical ideas and I now feel confident in preparing our curriculum leaders for an inspection. Thank-you!

I really enjoyed the online platform and felt I could really focus on the content and the presentation. In many ways I preferred it to face to face training that I have had in the past. For example; there were a few moments during which I was able to reflect upon how the points being discussed were being interpreted in my area and pull up faculty documents and check things off as they were being covered.

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

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