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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Our aim is to make this event as smooth as possible for all delegates and speakers. Please make a careful note of the information in the tabs below, and, after reading – please do get in touch with any issues or questions at [email protected]

On the day

8am – open for exhibition and refreshments

9am – first content starts

Edmunds Restaurant will be open for light refreshments after the event

[Food: from 10am to to 3.30pm – free for exhibitors / sponsors]

Exhibitor Booking and Risk Assessment forms can be accessed from the links below. All exhibitors are required to complete both forms please.

Exhibitors are also required to send a copy of your public liability insurance to [email protected]

Exhibitors are required to send a copy of their public liability insurance to [email protected]

[Workshop partners do not need to provide a public liability certificate]

Details and deadlines

Tables (and Chairs)

  • Tables will already be set up for you, so you only need to bring what you will be using other than that.
  • Chairs behind the tables are not provided by default, although you can ask for a chair if you need.

If you are delivering materials to us by post or courier

  • 9 April – deadline for any leaflets, pull-up banners, or other exhibition materials that are not being brought by the exhibitor themselves, please send or drop off by 9 April
  • 1000 delegate bags
  • Please mark anything you are sending to us by courier / mail:

FAO: IFL Exhibition

West Suffolk College,
Out Risbygate,
Bury St Edmunds,
IP33 3RL

If you are accessing the building yourself to set up prior to the event to deliver and / or set up exhibition materials:

Please let us know which day and time you would like to access: [email protected]

  • Thurs 12, Fri 13 April – open 9am to 4pm
  • Sat 14 April – open 9am until 1pm
  • Sun 15 April – open 10am to 3pm (by appointment only)

Exhibitors to arrive on Thursday, 9am to 4pm Friday 9am to 4pm and Saturday 9am until 1pm.

Arriving on morning of 16 April

We advise where possible, not to arrive on the morning of 16 April with anything significant to set up.

If this is a necessity, please arrive by 7am with the exhibition publicised as being open from 8am. Please email us on [email protected] to let us know if this is your intention.

Arriving on site:

If you are not sure which building you are in, please clarify this before you arrive.

  • Gateway Building: Please access the back car park (Car Park 3 on the map)
  • University of Suffolk Building: Access via the front (Car park 1 on the map)

Lunch and refreshments

  • Exhibitors will be able to claim a free lunch and tea, coffee, herbal tea and water.

Thank you – we hope you have a great day!

Gateway Building Exhibitor Map

  • Coming soon: exhibition listings
  • Note: Disability access is well-supported in all exhibition areas, including lifts
  • Most paying exhibitors will be situated on the ground floor in the main exhibition area, (so in most cases you can ignore numbers 28 to 48)


‘The fastest possible internet speeds for all – managing expectations!’

  • All guests and exhibitors will have access to WiFi

West Suffolk College is used to having thousands of students on site using wireless devices, with lecturers accessing internet from many rooms simultaneously. However, the system has limits as does all venues

  • Please be realistic about download speeds when accessing WiFi

Download speeds can vary greatly depending on how many people are using WiFi in specific areas. This cannot be predicted as it is based on who is using which devices for what purpose in any one space at a time, and will also change rapidly as people move around the building

  • Avoid uploading photo / video when using college Wifi

We kindly ask people to stick to browsing (web browsers) rather than uploading, downloading and streaming files wherever possible (e.g. photos / videos). Upload and download of files via WiFi when replicated many times across high numbers of people will seriously reduce internet speeds and disrupt browser and app use for all. We also ask people to switch off background

  • Use your own data: Please use your own data where possible to take the pressure off the system

Thank you!

Workshop Partners

Options available are flexible. Workshop Partners may wish to make use of as many or as few of these features as you wish.

  • Hand out leaflets
  • Place a pop-up banner outside the workshop on the walkway
  • Play host to workshops throughout the day (as much or as little as you like)
  • Top-and-tail / introduce and wrap-up sessions
  • Greet delegates from the inside of the room with the door wedged open

Other notes on Workshop rooms (standard information for speakers and delegates)

  • There may be a Workshop Partner attached to the room speakers are delivering in. This is different from a room manager in that a Workshop partner has kindly sponsored the room – and will ‘host’ for the day
  • Rooms will be set up with a theatre style layout of chairs and a projector / whiteboard at the front, with the likelihood of having no tables. The number of tables is dependent on various logistical factors, including how numbers of delegates vary up until the festival. However, please plan for a chairs only approach
  • Workshop rooms range in number capacity from 20 to 40  – and we will be continually shuffling speakers, spaces and timings – all the way up to the event, based on our insights into take-up of particular keynotes
  • Our aim is to keep some Workshop rooms free for on-the-day advertisement of duplicate sessions where take-up is very high. We ask all speakers to let us know if they are willing to do a duplicate session
  • It will be optional for speakers to allow standing room, and number capacities are based on health and safety and comfort
  • There will be no microphones in workshop spaces.

Special Access

  • If you require special access or an adapted approach, please contact Sharon Cain at [email protected] to discuss options.
  • Lifts are available in each area of the site

Health and Safety

  • Fire exits are well-signed, and the Fire Assembly Point is on the Quad (green space in the centre of the college)
  • Toilets are well signposted in each building
  • Disability access is available throughout the building, with lifts to many areas of the college
  • Disability parking can be booked via the college by emailing Sharon Cain – [email protected] (no other parking can be pre-booked in this way)

Roving support

  • All being well, there will be little need for technical support. However, roving support will be available to exhibitors throughout the day for any issues or questions from our well-trained Festival Leaders and from the contacts below:

Key contacts leading up to and on the day:

There will be a number of people to help. However, the two people i/c the exhibition and looking after exhibitor needs will be Izzy Botfield (UOS Building) and Charlotte Kerridge (Gateway)

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Video / photo permissions

  • We will be taking video and photos during the day
  • Edited film clips will be used for future promotion online
  • Please speak to individual camera crew should you not wish to be filmed
  • You are welcome to take video and photo and use for your own promotional purposes within the boundaries of ethical business and leadership. Please be sensitive to people not wishing to be photographed recorded and ask permission where appropriate.