Accurate and credible
school self evaluation.
Learning walks, 'drop-in' observations, books studies, parent and pupil surveys for your ipad or tablet
how good is your school, today?
As a Headteacher, we know that you and your team are expected to have an accurate overview of your daily teaching and learning. We know that this knowledge provides a secure foundation for your successful school improvement strategies. Nautilus will help you and your team to capture your provision using your ipad. Your views will then be presented on your online Headteacher dashboard.

"When you find something as good as this, you just want to share it with your team."
- Headteacher, Tyne & Wear.

Now supporting schools in: Huddersfield · London · Birmingham · Bournemouth · Exeter · Darlington · Manchester · Oldham · Reading · Hastings · Dewsbury · Hertfordshire · Thameside · Lancaster · Leicester · York · Wolverhampton · Leicester · Derby

how does nautilus work?
Step 1: Set up your headteachers dashboard


Add your staff team, governors and school improvement colleagues to your personalised online dashboard.

Step 2: Choose your focus


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.

Step 3: explore your school


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.

Step 4: Analyse your evaluations


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.

Nautilus simply runs through your internet browser

Use your Ipad or tablet to record your views

Perform great learning walks with your team

Use the descriptors to focus on the core areas of your provision

Choose to use the Ofsted descriptors or to RAG rate

Observe quickly and frequently, capturing your daily provision

Learning walks and observations for SEND, EYFS, behaviour and more

Perform regular parent or pupil surveys that will save you time

Create and manage your activities

Your views will be presented on your dashboard

Quickly identify your strengths and areas for development

View the headlines for each activity

Assess each core area of your provision

Create great PDF reports for school-improvement purposes

Use your reports for your big meetings

Email your reports to your team on the same day

Help your governors to know more

Our teacher feedback reports prioritise collaboration and growth

Commend teacher efforts and discuss credible recommendations

Edit our frameworks or write your own with our Builder

Create bespoke learning walks, book studies, observations and surveys

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Platform developments, recommendations and features on schools

We help schools to get moving quickly and confidently

Exclusive leadership workshops for Nautilus schools

Giving school leaders a clear, credible and current view

No risk. Why not add Nautilus to what you already do?

About us

Straight from the Headteacher's Chair

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.


Related Articles and Documents

Ofsted on Observations

'...assessing the right things when judging the quality of education...'
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Ofsted on
Book Scrutinies

'...workbook srutiny provides a window into the quality of curriculum implementation...'
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A collection of Headteacher short stories by school improvement consultant, former Headteacher and the co-creator of Nautilus.
January 2021
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'...Research into the effectiveness of lesson observations shows that the time is ripe for change....'
28 January 2020
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