This term, to support subject leaders, I put in the opportunity for them all to work with a member of SLT. This was support in monitoring and recognising strengths and weaknesses within their subject as well as looking at the deep dive process.
Although deep dive process is not the be all and end all of education, if can give us an idea of what to look at with out subjects.
First up was PSHE.
I found a super resource for deep dives. It is for maths but the questions can be useful as a starting point. https://thirdspacelearning.com/resources/resource-ofsted-deep-dive-questions
We looked at the different areas:
Scheme of work/Curriculum
- Is there a scheme? Does it link to the National Curriculum?
- How do staff know what children have learnt before? Is there a sequence?
- What is the pedagogy of the subject?
- How do you ensure the subject is progressive?
- What are the strengths/areas of development?
- What would you expect to see in a lesson?
- How do you support children who are stuck?
- How do you assess children? How is this fed back into teaching and learning?
- What CPD is there for all staff including the Subject Leader?
- How do you ensure all staff have subject knowledge?
- How do you support new staff?
- How do you support children?
- What interventions are there?
- How are all children catered for?
Workload and wellbeing
- Are you supported by SLT?
- Do you have the tools to do the role?
- What do you do to provide a good work/life balance?
Some questions are repeated within other areas so they were put together to make it more manageable. After this we looked into the intent and how we were implementing this by looking at our curriculum folders.
A learning walk would have been great but an hour is simply not enough. However, just by looking at the key questions above and our learning intent, we could pick up on our strengths and weaknesses and work out what was the main priority for monitoring.