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Maths Deep Dive and Subject Knowledge Bundle

Maths Deep Dive and Subject Knowledge Bundle

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Looking to explore Maths in-depth and build confidence about an upcoming Maths Deep Dive? Tailored for Maths subject leaders, this bundle helps you to consider intent, implementation and impact questions across the breadth of Mathematics, 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. Maths Deep Dive and Subject Evaluation Audit (Primary) - over 100 deep dive questions about Maths to ask stakeholders, including senior leaders, subject leaders, teachers and pupils. As mathematics subject leader, you can utilise these to reflect on the current picture of Maths in your school and explore specific areas, such as fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Many maths subject leads find it useful to practise them with other leaders to build their own confidence in preparation for a Maths Ofsted deep dive. 

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

3. Maths Subject Knowledge Question Bank - content-specific questions for Maths covering KS1, KS2 and KS3. They’re ideal if you’re wanting to explore the finer details of staff members' maths fluency and calculation subject knowledge as well as the understanding of the reasoning and problem solving skills that pupils need to acquire.

4. Deep Dive Process Overview - use this to structure your internal deep dive in maths, 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 Maths lessons, asking pupils about their learning in Maths and looking through workbooks and other maths evidence.

Who will find this resource useful?

Maths subject leaders or maths department leaders, especially those who are new to maths leadership or have taken up a role as second in Maths. Anyone with responsibility over the Maths curriculum will feel supported when monitoring teaching and learning, or if preparing for an Ofsted deep dive in Maths.

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 Mathematics subject leader to prepare for an Ofsted inspection. The Maths 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 Maths can cause feelings of stress, anxiety and worry, especially if you’re thinking about what questions Ofsted will ask about Maths 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 Maths 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.

This pack can help you to understand:

  • 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 Maths 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.

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Samantha G
Brilliant!

Just what we were looking for!