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 special thanks to Amanda Spielman (Head of Ofsted) for previously joining us for an ‘in conversation with’ Geoff Barton, General Secretary of ASCL and Ed Dorrell, Head of Content at tes (Times Educational Supplement).

We anticipate an equally stunning lineup of speakers on 28 June 2019!

A glimpse back at the 2018 festival…


For involvement as a partner, sponsor or exhibitor for the 2019 festival, please contact lucy@rweducation, or


A message from Geoff Barton, General Secretary, Association of School and College Leaders

Our young people are our future. We owe it to them to help develop the knowledge, skills and qualities they will need to thrive personally and to help our country succeed. At ASCL, we believe that great leadership is essential in a world that is changing fast – beyond Brexit into a world shaped by global opportunities and new technology. This is our opportunity to get education right for every young person, irrespective of their background. ASCL is passionate about the need for an outward-facing, optimistic approach, learning from and sharing with the best education systems in the world. We are delighted to be working with so many brilliant partners to make this the eastern region’s largest and most energising education event ever.

Proud to announce as our first major partners for the 2019 festival!

The Future of Skills: Employment in 2030 is a groundbreaking research paper developed by Pearson, Nesta and The Oxford Martin School.

The findings provide a futuristic look into what skills and jobs are likely to be at the heart of our society. 

Click here to explore, using a superb interactive website

Supporting Research-led Content

Fully immersed in the education narrative at national and international level, Pearson provide high quality education services and trusted insight. We are proud and excited that Pearson are supporting a number of areas of festival content, from sharing their latest cutting-edge research, to leading a panel of world-renowned educationalists on the future of assessment and the interface between technology and humans.


The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) is a national membership organisation that represents the interests of over 900+ organisations. Our members deliver the majority of Britain’s apprenticeships, traineeships and programmes for the unemployed.

AELP’s primary role is to represent the interests of its members, by effectively lobbying on their behalf to government departments and agencies. We work with our members, the government and employers to support the development of policies that deliver high quality, learner-centred, skills and employability services.

We support our members by guaranteeing them access to readily understandable, up to date information about changes to the skills and employability sector… and how they will affect them. And, we provide our members with access to practical support and added value services that strengthen their business.


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2019 ZONES

Teacher Training

PE and Sport

Health,  Wellbeing and Medicine


Performing Arts

Visual Arts

Social Media



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A growing collective of strength in the East of England

Olive Academies

Kesgrave High School

Suffolk Academies Trust

Samuel Ward Academy Trust


Gusford Primary School

Ely College

Arts Council England

Raising the Bar


Suffolk Young Chamber

St Benedicts Catholic School

John Catt Educational

University of Suffolk

Shakespeare Schools Festival

West Ipswich Teaching School

The Active Learning Trust

Chantry Academy

Felixtowe Academy

All Saints Primary School, Lawshall


Autism & ADHD

Relational Schools

Suffolk County Council

The Diocese of East Anglia 

British Council

ASSET Education

Woodbridge Primary School

Sybil Andrews Academy

St Neots Learning Partnership

Farlingaye High School

Saxmundham Free School

BOOST Felixstowe


Industry Education in Music


Xplore the World

Achievement For All

Shakespeare School Foundation

Association of School and College Lecturers