Geoff Barton hosts: Leadership in a Technological World

Geoff Barton, (General Secretary, ASCL) will host an evening of discussion and thought-leadership

About this Event

As part of the International Festival of Learning Fringe Series, in support of the main event on 28 June this year, we’re excited to bring you an evening of panel discussion, with one of the ‘festival founders’ Geoff Barton at the helm. This event takes place on 26 Feb (not to be confused with the main event!).


There’s no denying that technology is a part of our everyday lives – so – how are we leading our education system into the next decade – a decade where in many cases, preparing our young people for jobs that have yet to be invented will form an increasingly important part of our future thinking.

The topics will reach far and wide – with an emphasis on leadership at all levels.

Host: Geoff Barton, General Secretary, ASCL: Association of School and College Leaders)

Panels: There will be two separate panels with slightly different focus, each lasting thirty minutes. We choose panelists that represent different areas of education and business.

Panel one

  • Dr. Nikos Savvas, Principal, West Suffolk College
  • Dr. Beth Mosley-Williams, Clinical Psychologist, Thurston Community College Partnership
  • Rebecca Kwiatoski, Business Developer, Kognity (Edtech business sector)
  • Tom Able-Green, Education Solutions Manager, Academia (Edtech business sector)
  • Claire Riddle, UK and International Partnerships Director, Pearson BTEC

Panel two

  • Dr Annie Clements, Autism and ADHD
  • Murray Morrison, Founder, Tassomai (Edtech business sector)
  • Andrew Hammond, Headteacher, Author and Consultant, Guildhall Feoffment Primary School
  • Dave Lee-Allan, Chair, Suffolk Association of Secondary Headteachers (SASH) / Headteacher, Stowmarket High School

If you’d like to contribute to the questions and theme development, please add a comment when you register and we will aim to incorporate. If we don’t use it this time, we guarantee that it will help inform the development of future events and the main festival. We will also take questions from the audience.


Arrival 6pm for canapés and networking. The panels will start at 6.30pm and will wind down at 7.45pm, with an opportunity to network afterwards should you wish.

Ethos and atmosphere

Our IFL Fringe events are lighthearted and relaxed in nature, and our main aim is that you go away buzzing with motivation, ideas and a sense of challenge to the norm. So, please come with an open mind, and go away with a ‘full tank’ of ideas, solutions and actions.

The Fringe

The ‘Fringe series’ has grown organically from a desire by open-minded, forward-thinking educationalists and business leaders who enjoy, and see value in networking through events leading up to the main festival of learning on June 28 this year, creating a honeypot for thought-leadership and connectivity across the Eastern Region.

The main festival

With an overarching theme of ‘Human Skills in a Technological World’ – and – with six key areas of development in education through technology, please visit – to see how exciting this latest Festival offering is already shaping up to be!

Recent Apple partnership with West Suffolk College, ASCL and the IFL

Nikos Savvas (Principal, WSC), Geoff, (lucky) me and 17 other education leaders recently established a close working partnership with Apple – to take a fresh look at leadership, and what transferrable lessons can be learned from one of the most successful businesses on the planet. The findings will no doubt permeate some of the thinking during the evening, and we will also welcome any questions and debate around this exciting development.

Long-term thinking

We’re on a mission to encourage long-term approaches to education, with a focus on how technology can support uniquely human skills that are so vital to a thriving society.

Raise awareness of your organisation

If you represent a school, MAT, university, charity or business and would like to bring a small exhibition or pop-up banner, please indicate during registration and we will aim to support (no charge!)

We also invite organisations to bring a banner or small exhibition to help raise the profile of ‘what’s out there’ that can add value to the education sector.

Sponsorship opportunity for IFL Fringe events

Dinners, panels and other events take place monthly leading up to the main event, with headteachers, Trust CEOs and business leaders in attendance as invited guests. We don’t normally sponsor these types of events, but, we also believe there’s a first time for everything – and – yes – these free events do cost money! So, if you would like to sponsor this exciting fringe event, in return for plenty of profile and links – we would welcome financial support from £100 (shared sponsorship) to £900 (headline sponsorship).

About your host

Geoff is a former Headteacher, and now holds the elected role of General Secretary, ASCL – an organisation with a membership of some 20,000 education leaders. Geoff is a regular author for the Tes (Times Educational Supplement) and has a long history of innovation and pioneering work in international development in China and Iraq, and, more recently, Geoff is pioneering a unique partnership with Apple – to bring new thinking to education leadership. Oh, and incase it’s bipassed you – Geoff is a lively favourite on Twitter!

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