Understanding that the ready availability of data and analytics does not automatically translate into student growth through improved pedagogy or targeted interventions, Paul is interested in how educators can better utilise data and analytics as an element of their educational practice. Appreciative of this gulf between data and analytics availability, and its potential impact, Paul is project sponsor for the ‘Student Intelligence Project’ which has been initiated within the Diocese. This project has at its core the ethic of ‘#Data4good.’ To help bridge this divide a Data Framework has been created which emphasises the role of ‘data cycles’ in school settings.
Paul's initial teaching experience was in schools in southwest Western Australia as a Science/Maths Teacher and leader. After working for 14 years as a Secondary Principal in the Hunter Valley NSW Paul has for the last 4 years been in the role of Assistant Director of Schools in the Maitland Newcastle Diocese. In this capacity, he has championed at a system level Data Driven Decision making as a contributor towards positive educational and wellbeing outcomes for students and school communities.
Paul is also Chair of the ‘Data Literacy Workgroup’ for the Catholic Schools Office which has the goal of creating conditions in schools which enable effective data cycles. Working with this group in the domains of Infrastructure, Culture and Practices he promotes ‘self-service analytics’ through initiatives such #Data4Good.