Neil Donlan

Neil is a Assistant Principal at UTC level and Director of Student Performance leading on assessment, feedback, data, tracking and target setting. He previously worked in leadership at two inner-city academies that transformed from Special Measures to Good and beyond. He is passionate that learners receive an engaging, fulfilling, high quality education. Neil believes learning requires thoughtful planning, timely feedback, intervention and appropriate assessment designed by subject experts. No one-size fits all! He is also a ex-pro rugby player.

5 thoughts on “Doing A Learning Walk On Yourself!

  • 15th January 2019 at 9:55 am

    I love this idea, I have shared with staff and asked them to consider having a go. I have also asked if anyone will be brave enough to share their findings at a staff meeting after doing so.

    • 15th January 2019 at 7:44 pm

      I’m so glad you like it and hope you at least get staff that are brave enough to take the leap for their own reflection. Let me know if you do get some shared feedback from really brave staff though please.
      Just the concept of ‘stepping out ‘ of your own lesson is a great habit to develop in itself.
      Kind regards

  • 17th January 2019 at 8:54 am

    Great post Neil!

    “It helps you understand what they understand, how well can they explain their learning, not their activity or task.”

    Absolutely critical to improving own practice. Keep up the good work!

  • 27th January 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Great idea Neil to encourage teachers to do their own learning walk. How impressed would Ofsted be if you could demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach. More importantly it is another strategy that could
    help pupils improve their outcomes.
    Happy to share at Portland.


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