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History Deep Dive and Subject Knowledge Bundle

History Deep Dive and Subject Knowledge Bundle

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Wanting to explore the subject of History in-depth or looking to feel more confident about an upcoming History Deep Dive? This pack, ideal for History subject leaders, helps you to consider intent, implementation and impact questions that are specific to History, allowing you to consider areas of strength and weakness so you can plan for improvement and (if you feel you need to) prepare for Ofsted.
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What's included in this bundle?

A bundle pack containing 8-page guidance of what an Ofsted deep dive entails and how you can utilise a similar internal process in your own subject monitoring. It contains five comprehensive templates: 

1. History Deep Dive and Subject Evaluation Audit (Primary) - your source of over 100 deep dive questions about History that can be asked of senior leaders, subject leaders, teachers and pupils. As History subject leader, you can use these to reflect on the current picture of History in your setting and explore specific areas further when listening to staff and pupil voice. Many History subject leads also choose to practise them with other leaders to build their own confidence in preparation for a History Ofsted deep dive. 

2. History Deep Dive and Subject Evaluation Audit (Secondary) - KS3, KS4 and KS5 History deep dive questions for secondary leaders and History or Humanities department heads to consider. While there is crossover with the primary set of deep dive questions, this resource focuses on secondary History and includes questions about secondary-focused areas, such as the routes available for pupils who wish to take their knowledge of History into further education, employment or training.  

3. History Subject Knowledge Question Bank - content-specific questions for History covering KS1, KS2 and KS3. They’re ideal if you’re wanting to explore staff History subject knowledge.

4. Deep Dive Process Overview - use this to structure your internal deep dive in History, working through the process of identifying your perceived strengths and weaknesses, observation and questioning, and creating a plan of action. 

5. Deep Dive Evidence Exploration - a handy place to collate all your observation notes when conducting a deep dive, including observing History lessons, asking pupils about their learning in History and looking through work.

Who will find this resource useful?

History subject leaders, especially those who are new History subject leads, will find this pack extremely useful when monitoring teaching and learning, or if preparing for an Ofsted deep dive in History. Curriculum leaders, senior leaders, headteachers or anyone else with responsibility for teaching and learning will also find the pack beneficial, whether they use it to conduct a deep dive themselves or support their History subject leader to prepare for an Ofsted inspection. The History deep dive questions are particularly useful in reflecting on your setting's current practice.

What questions does this pack have the answers to?

Knowing you may have to go through an Ofsted deep dive in History can cause feelings of stress, anxiety and worry, especially if you’re thinking about what questions Ofsted will ask about History and how you’ll answer. This pack supports that thinking process, especially if you work alongside other leaders to consider what makes great teaching and learning in History and how your school does or doesn’t do this. 

However, it’s not just about preparing for an Ofsted inspection or doing things because Ofsted might want to see them - it’s about understanding the picture of your subject and knowing its strengths and weaknesses so you can get amazing outcomes for all of your pupils. It’s also important to know that even if you conduct an internal deep dive and find there are gaps, you can use this to formulate your next steps in an action plan, which will help to ensure improvement for all.

Key questions answered:

  • What is a deep dive?
  • What is the purpose of Ofsted’s deep dives into areas of your curriculum?
  • What does an Ofsted deep dive look like?
  • Why might I want to conduct my own internal deep dive?
  • Who should I involve in an internal deep dive?
  • What questions will Ofsted ask in a History deep dive?

What else can help me?

Deep dive packs for all other national curriculum subjects are available from Honeyguide. Even better, if you buy two or more packs, you get 20% off each one - perfect for if you lead multiple subjects or want to get together with other subject leader colleagues to get more value.

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Looking for every deep dive pack in one bundle?

If you're a head, senior leader, trust leader or hold responsibility for the full curriculum, our Deep Dive in Every Subject: Full Curriculum Set is the best value-for-money option to purchase all 16 packs.

If you lead the Early Years Foundation Stage, this EYFS Deep Dive pack can help you to explore your EYFS provision in-depth and build confidence for an upcoming Ofsted inspection or deep dive.