Primary Subject Leaders – Deep Dive

Dear School and Subject Leader,

Welcome to the HEP Deep Dive homepage. Below you will find four print resources and three recorded presentations.

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact Andy Phillips ( who prepared these materials.

"The education inspection framework (‘the framework’) sets out how Ofsted inspects maintained schools, academies, non-association independent schools, further education and skills provision and registered early years settings in England.

The framework has been devised by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector for use from September 2019. It sets out the principles that apply to inspection, and the main judgements that inspectors make when carrying out inspections of maintained schools, academies, non-association independent schools, further education and skills providers and registered early years settings in England."

Ofsted Education Inspection Framework, September 2019

View the full document:
Education Inspection Framework

Ofsted and Curriculum Review April 2021

Ofsted has published the second in a series of reviews into different subjects across the curriculum.

Ofsted says - ‘This is only the start of our work in this area, though. As a force for improvement, we will be publishing a series of documents from April 2021, including:
Research reviews – these will collate currently available research evidence. We will consider what published research evidence tells us about a high-quality education in each subject
Subject reports – we will inform leaders, teachers and tutors, parents and policymakers about what we have learned about the state of the nation when it comes to the quality of school curriculum in a range of subjects
To carry out this work and lead on our curriculum thinking in schools, we have set up a curriculum unit. We have been recruiting subject leads for a range of subjects, starting with national curriculum subjects and religious education. These subject experts will be leading this work, along with our research team.’

For additional information click here.

Curriculum Research Reviews

So far, Languages, Maths, Geography, RE, Science and Music have been reviewed. Click on those subjects in the primary curriculum menu to read the reviews.

HEP will upload links to each subject as  further reports are published.

The three recorded presentations relate to each of the three online training sessions that were delivered during the spring term 2021.

They are intended as a reminder for anyone who took part in the spring term sessions. They also offer an explanation of the four print resources for any teacher or school leader who is new to this programme

Here you can access subject-specific deep dive resources as part of the summer term series.

Art & Design
Design & Technology

Resource 1 Ofsted and the subject leader: is an overview of where the role of the subject leader is referred to in the Ofsted Inspection Handbook.

Resource 1, Annex A: is based on some excellent guidance from the 2019 Ofsted handbook and offers really helpful advice for subject leaders around the inspection of the 3 I’s – Intent, Implementation and Impact

Resource 2 Preparing for subject Deep Dive: this provides an overview of how Ofsted will inspect the Quality of Education within a school and the role that subject deep-dives will contribute to this.

Resource 3 Deep dive in a foundation subject: covers a range of questions that a subject leader ‘could’ be expected to respond to.

Resource 4 Subject leader checklist: is an audit tool to enable a subject leader to ensure that they keep ‘on top’ of the leadership of their subject(s). It also includes a suggested annual monitoring and review timetable. 

The Council for Subject Associations’ (CfSA’s) directory provides information about 25 Subject Associations and other support organisations to help teach subjects in your school.

To access the CfSA directory, click the image below.

If you have used or know of any good resources to share with other subject leaders or teachers in Hounslow, please email them to Nikola Standing –

What our members say

Ofsted Inspection Training – "Four days well spent! Supporting the development of our school under the guidance of a skilled trainer with a wealth of experience across the primary range was invaluable."

Primary Subject Networks – "The content in the sessions covers all aspects of high quality practice in Maths and it makes me reflective on my practice in class and how I lead and help develop other teachers."

Primary Subject Networks – "Meeting other subject leaders and sharing, makes me feel better about what we are delivering and that we are on the right track."

Develop your A level Teaching – "It was really nice to be able to talk to other A level German teachers as there aren’t very many and we could share our experiences."

Contingent Talk with Books – "Such a worthwhile project for Early Years, which you can see working right in front of your eyes. Well-planned and organised project, fantastic expert who inspires us all."

Get Hounslow Reading – "The biggest impact has been on our teachers’ enthusiasm for reading/books and their knowledge of high quality texts, finding innovative ways to engage readers through displays, book talk and story time."

Secondary Subject Networks – "There are so many useful takeaways from the meeting to help improve teaching and learning and they are things which can easily be put into place after the meeting."

Get Hounslow Reading – “There can be no doubt of the enthusiasm of Hounslow teachers and impact of their hard work on growing a Reading for Pleasure practice in their schools over this academic year. Many teachers said that the time to talk and share practice was what they valued most highly.” Charlotte Raby – Programme Facilitator

Secondary Subject Networks – “I really enjoy the content and the supportive group of fellow geography leaders discussing ideas in a non-judgmental, relatively informal way. The group certainly helps each other and fundamentally discusses relevant topics which are benefiting me.”

Get Hounslow Reading – "Very informative and helpful. A lovely chance to reflect. Excellent, enthusiastic delivery which would inspire anyone! You are very knowledgeable and sessions are well-organised. Thank you!”

Challenging Behaviour Training – “Great training, thank you for all your expertise and advice. I learnt lots of things about different ways that can affect pupils’ behaviour and how to deal with different situations."

Deep Dive Subject Leader Training – “Thank you for the very detailed and thorough subject leader checklist. It is an extremely useful and much necessary exercise. It's been an eye opener. Thank you”

Develop your A Level Teaching – “A much appreciated forum to apply pedagogy to a subject specific domain, with such rich professional talk after the keynotes in the Economics breakout session.”

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