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RE Deep Dive and Subject Knowledge Bundle

RE Deep Dive and Subject Knowledge Bundle

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Looking to explore RE in-depth and build confidence about an upcoming RE or RS Deep Dive? Tailored for RE and humanities subject leaders, this bundle helps you to consider intent, implementation and impact questions across the breadth of Religious Education, 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 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. Religious Education (RE) Deep Dive and Subject Evaluation Audit (Primary) - over 100 deep dive questions about RE to ask stakeholders, including senior leaders, subject leaders, teachers and pupils. As religious education subject leader, you can utilise these to reflect on the current picture of RE in your school and explore specific areas, such as the different faiths in your chosen curriculum. Many RE subject leads find it useful to practise them with other leaders to build their own confidence in preparation for a Religious Education Ofsted deep dive. 

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

3. RE Subject Knowledge Question Bank - content-specific questions for RE covering primary and secondary content, plus religion- and faith-specific subject knowledge questions in Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Bahá’í Faith, Humanism and Atheism. They’re ideal if you’re wanting to explore the finer details of staff members' knowledge in the general principles of RE teaching, as well as the subject knowledge needed to teach different religions, faiths and beliefs.

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

Who will find this resource useful?

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

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