Geoff Barton’s Vision for ASCL
About Geoff…

Geoff studied English and Linguistics at the University of Lancaster, then trained to teach at Leicester University. From 2002 to 2017 he was headteacher of King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds, a comprehensive school of 1650 students.

He is a Founding Fellow of the English Association and writes for a range of newspapers and journals. He has worked with various organisations, including the Department for Education, on leadership and literacy.

Geoff was a longstanding member of ASCL Council, former chair of its Pedagogy Committee, is Patron of the English and Media Centre, and a ‘Leading Thinker’ for the National Education Trust. He became General Secretary of ASCL in April 2017.

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A message from Dr Nikos Savvas, Principal, West Suffolk College

“We are proud to be hosting an incredible range of professional development and international insight for thousands of education professionals on 16 April 2018. But, this is much more than a one day event – it’s an ongoing movement; a growing collective of professionals, volunteers and organisations who are passionate about education. Our intention is to empower all education sectors to confidently tackle the big issues, to collaborate, and to share research and evidence-led practice for tangible on our learners.”


Drawn from consultation with our partners, our four festival themes provide an umbrella for a rich and diverse range of content

Empowering Communities

With Brexit on the horizon, community cohesion within diverse cultural contexts is a complex challenge. Empowering Communities is about looking beyond our classrooms and across our local and global communities. empowering communities requires an ability to lead complex relationships between parents, students, teachers, the media and the general public. We will be showcasing and debating areas such as Prevent, British Values, PSHE, outreach projects and public relations.

Future-proof Workforce

Against a backdrop of relentless education reform, how can we match our future needs with our existing style of exams and inspection criteria? How can we develop academic excellence whilst bridging the skills gap, and how can our curriculum design support a globally aware workforce that thrives long into the future?


Education leadership in all its forms – sharing and harnessing the best resources and insight to influence thinking, policy and practice. We look forward to debate, challenge and examples of high-impact leadership in action. Examples include Curriculum, System, Workforce and Community Leadership.

Creating the Environment

How do we help teachers, parents and students to thrive in our educational organisations? How do we tackle challenges in diversity, mental health and wellbeing, whilst driving up academic standards? What keeps learning fresh, fun and creative? And importantly, what motivates teachers to stay in the profession?


The Training Zone spans the whole spectrum of themes, with an emphasis on solution-focused sessions to refresh, inspire and supercharge your bank of teaching ideas.



Autism and ADHD


Learning Through Play

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Time Management

Child Psychology

The Arts



Behaviour Management


Schools Marketing


Jargon Busting for Business

Marketing and PR



British Values

Policy Writing

Social Media

Digital Civility

International links

Literary Festival – Exhibition – Speakers’ Corner – International Zone – Research – Entertainment – Refreshments and Hospitality and more…