Knowing Me Knowing Ed-U: Geoff Barton

Many people who are well known for their work in education have such interesting backgrounds and stories to tell, although many of us don’t get to hear them. The aim of this new podcast series is to learn a bit more about these people, and to allow them to share their stories.

We sit down for a chat over a cup of tea, a glass of wine or a beer to find out a bit more about them – what  were they like at school? What did they do after school? How did they come to work in education?

Whatever we discuss, every podcast episode ends with the same question: If you were in charge of the education system for a day, what one policy or structural change would you make?


In this episode we get to know General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and radio jingle aficionado, Geoff Barton. We cover life at school, the career that never was and a fascination with radio jingles (he owns over 500,000!). Find out Geoff’s answer to our big question, as well as his music choices.

  • Listen to Geoff Barton’s ASCL leadership podcast
  • Look out for Geoff’s blogs for the TES
  • Check out – it’s an Aladdin’s cave of articles, resources and jingles


If you haven’t already, do check out the first episode in the Knowing Me Knowing Ed-U series, where we chatted to Sugata Mitra. If you’d like to enquire about partaking in a future episode of Knowing Me, Knowing Ed-U, contact us at

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