In our series of podcasts on leadership, ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton speaks with education leaders from around the country.

In this month's podcast, General Secretary Geoff Barton discusses an example flexible working arrangements.

At Grenoside Community Primary School, near Sheffield, Pamela Smith and Richard Lian work as co-headteachers, with Pamela head on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; Richard on Thursdays and Fridays.

Here they describe how the arrangements work, the response of staff, and the benefits to both of them as leaders - as well as to their school community.

In this month's podcast, General Secretary Geoff Barton focuses on further education.

On a visit to the Weston Group of colleges in Weston-Super-Mare he explores how outstanding provision goes way beyond the FE stereotypes - covering inclusion, higher education, bootcamp courses, and prison education.

In this month's podcast, Geoff Barton talks to Professor Robin Alexander, author of Education in Spite of Policy and A Dialogic Teaching Companion, about the importance of a broad primary curriculum, building teacher agency and expertise, the proven power of dialogic teaching, and ministers’ tendency to impose yet another ‘initiative’ rather than learn from history and evidence.

BiteBack2030 CEO James Toop talks to Geoff Barton about young people's grassroots campaigning on food quality, their entitlement to healthy choices, and how the organisation is developing student leadership.

March 2022 | Annual Conference Special

Shadow education secretary Bridget Phillipson talks to Geoff Barton about Labour’s priorities for education

March 2022 | Annual Conference Special

Chief Regulator Dr Jo Saxton talks to ASCL qualifications specialist Tom Middlehurst about this summer's examinations


March 2022 | Annual Conference Special

Ahead of her conference keynote, mental health and body image campaigner Natasha Devon summarises her views.

March 2022 | Annual Conference Special

Following the Secretary of State's speech ahead of the forthcoming White Paper for Education in England, we asked five leading educationists for their responses:

Natalie Perera, Chief Executive, Education Policy Institute
Sam Freedman, Adviser at Ark Schools & Senior Fellow, Institute for Government
Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy, ASCL
Peter Hyman, Co-Director of Big Education
Dame Rachel de Souza, Children’s Commissioner for England

Rebecca Boomer-Clark, CEO of Academies Enterprise Trust, in conversation with Geoff Barton about her career, the work of AET across communities, and the future of the trust system.

Natalie Perera, Chief Executive of Education Policy Institute (EPI), in conversation with Geoff Barton about the work of EPI, and specifically their new report 'Covid-19 and Disadvantage Gaps in England 2020’

Matt Salmon, ASCL Cymru President, in conversation with Geoff Barton about current issues in Wales, plus the opportunities for curriculum and assessment reform.

ASCL Northern Ireland Conference Special
Geoff Barton in conversation with ASCL NI President Stephen Moore

So what does attending to the wellbeing of young people mean in practice?

A conversation between Geoff Barton, David Gregson and Meera Saravanan about the Greater Manchester #BeeWell project. The starting-point is a wellbeing survey of young people ... leading to action on their behalf.

This podcast explores the principles and implications of the initiative.

Dame Rachel de Souza talks about her background as a head and CEO, the role of the Children's Commissioner for England, and her mission to make the online world a safer place for young people.

ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton discusses ASCL's new 'Blueprint for a Fairer Education System' with ASCL Director of Policy Julie McCulloch


Past editions of the Leadership podcast