James Tooley is professor of education policy at Newcastle University. He is the author of the award-winning The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey into How the World’s Poorest People Are Educating Themselves (Penguin and Cato), as well as numerous academic books and articles on education and development. He is the co-founder of chains of low-cost private schools in India, Ghana, Nigeria and Honduras. Previously, he has taught and researched at the Universities of Oxford and Manchester. His first job was as a mathematics teacher in Zimbabwe.