'Nautilus gives all my staff a consistent way to complete all monitoring activities. They feel confident completing them as they are clear in what they are looking for as are those being monitored. My staff have welcomed the clarity and consistency it provides for monitoring across the whole school. I can quickly see which staff are monitoring their subjects well as well as being able to identify which co-ordinators need support in monitoring.'
C Chorlton, headteacher. Mercenfeld Primary School
Add your staff team, governors and school improvement colleagues to your personalised online dashboard.
Select and assign your learning walks, observations, pupil book evaluations or surveys to your team. Observe on a selected date or over a time period.
Grab your tablet or ipad and head out into school with your colleagues. Enter your views live as you observe, building a real-time evaluation from multiple observations.
Your online dashboard will now display your teams' observations, statistical reporting and individual feedback. Your current strengths and areas for improvement will be clearly presented.
We know how accountable you are. Your electronic PDF reports will serve to support your teacher feedback conversations, inspections, and your school improvement planning.
'In a short space of time, with the help of Nautilus, we feel we have even closer picture of the quality of teaching and learning. We also love that SEND and EYFS have their own sections, showing the company understands the significance of these areas.'
L Walsh, headteacher. Grove Street Primary School.
‘After a short period of time we can already see the benefits that the system has delivered. Instant and clear areas of development, leading to a planned programme of work. Making improvements happen much more quickly.’
R Shaw, headteacher. Lowerhouses Junior and Infant school
As a busy and long serving Headteacher, I found that I began to question some of the fundamental aspects of how schools are expected to improve. For example, if teaching and learning is always most important thing, then why are the methods that we use often so time consuming and uninspiring, with systematic cycles that could have little to do with any day to day activity. Our school had been on a journey from special measures to two consecutive 'good' judgements, and because we were always looking to improve, I knew that we could only do this if our methods themselves could evolve. To consider this, I began to use my ipad to wander around the school, gathering my thoughts more regularly. Then I did the same but with another group of Headteachers, all using the same focused criteria. We all took a one hour learning walk and spent ten minutes or so in each class. The outcome was a report that could tell me exactly what my colleagues thought, alongside my views. Our teachers much preferred this because they said that it was just business as usual, despite us capturing so much more. I then used this report for inspections, for the governors, for individual feedback, and for our leadership planning. My learning partners and the inspectors found our methods forward thinking and my reports credible. We began to apply quick and significant changes, more regularly, rather than just working through appraisal based, stand-alone observations. Our teachers and other leaders all began to contribute and participate in learning walks, often scheduled to occur over a week or half-term. All of this would mean less time sitting behind desks desk managing clunky systems and trying to find areas for improvement from summative data.
Headteachers, leaders, teachers and visitors can now walk around school, capturing their views with Nautilus. Every discovery can be presented clearly on the Headteachers online dashboard, ready for use. Nautilus is the product of a long and important process and I would now hope to help Headteachers to be able see more, know more and to be able to work much more intuitively and productively.
'...assessing the right things when judging the quality of education...'
'...workbook srutiny provides a window into the quality of curriculum implementation...'
A collection of Headteacher short stories by school improvement consultant, former Headteacher and the co-creator of Nautilus.
'...Research into the effectiveness of lesson observations shows that the time is ripe for change....'
28 January 2020
Primary Teaching & Learning
'Learning walks, observations and book studies for your iPad or tablet'
Thu, Jun 24, 2021 04:00 PM
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'We have found Nautilus extremely helpful in supporting our schools self-evaluation, as well as enabling us to make school improvement more transparent. The visualisation of findings has helped present findings to Governors and the wider school team. The cost of Nautilus is also a positive feature.'
S Davies, headteacher, Learning Partner and Ofsted inspector. Birkby Junior School.