Deep dives

OFSTED’s focus on all foundation subjects not just the core is to be welcomed. Less welcome are the unrealistic expectations being placed on often very inexperienced history leaders in primary schools. We need to get a sense of proportion here.

There’s nothing wrong with OFSTED shining a light on important aspects of the curriculum-indeed, I welcome this- but there needs to be a better balance between growing and weighing. Its all very well to critically appraise provision but how are subject leaders being supported both before and after the inspection. That is where this site comes into its own.

OFSTED’s view of deep dives in history

Recently Matthew Purves , the Deputy Director for Schools, set out OFSTED’s latest thinking on deep dives in primary schools. He makes reference a number of times to what that means in history. Here are...
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