Rory Fox is an educationalist who has been in educational leadership for over 25 years. During his career he has worked extensively in teacher training, curriculum design, opening schools and improving failing ones. He has led education initiatives in prison, private and state schools, most recently as an executive headteacher.
Rory is CEO of edu-charity Edlumino Education Aid, currently working in refugee camps across Europe to provide qualified teachers for refugee children. Edlumino specialises in the education of children and educational leaders and managers to help other NGO’s develop the educational aspects of services which they are providing to children.
During my years as a UK school leader, I’ve seen how education is becoming increasingly data-driven. We have inspections, reports, league tables, audits and internal data constantly flowing within schools. It can feel at times as if we are to be consumed by data. However, good teachers are constantly striving to improve, and they know that it is reliable data which is often key to improvement. Without data we have no proper sense of how we are doing now, and without an objective assessment of how things are, planning future improvements can be wasted.