IBSC Insights: Exploring Boys' Schools in Today's World

Tom BattyAn Online Program Featuring Tom Batty

February 20, 2024

Join IBSC Executive Director Tom Batty to discuss current issues facing boys and boys’ schools, along with what is happening across the global landscape of IBSC schools. Consider how IBSC schools engage in discourse, practice relational learning, and educate the whole child. How do we prepare boys best for the opportunities and responsibilities of the times?

Who Should Attend?

Available exclusively to IBSC members, anyone in the IBSC member community interested in IBSC and best practices for boys’ schools may attend.


Participate in a scheduled 60-minute interactive session using Zoom.

Tuesday, February 20, 3:00 PM EST, 8:00 PM GMT, 10:00 PM SAST
Wednesday, February 21, 8:00 AM AEDT, 10:00 AM  NZDT
Check the event time in your time zone.

After a keynote presentation, engage in breakout rooms focusing on a provided prompt, followed by a Q&A session with Tom Batty.

All registered attendees have access to the recording of this session for 21 days after the event. Even if your schedule cannot accommodate the live event, register so you can watch the recording at your convenience.


You must register to attend this free event, available exclusively to IBSC members.

Please note: Watch your email for login information on February 16. If you registered for the program later than this time, watch for login information the day of the program.

IBSC Executive Director Tom Batty

Tom BattyEducated in the United Kingdom and after a flirtation with financial services, Tom Batty headed south to start teaching in New Zealand at Thames High School. He commenced his career in boys’ education at St. Patrick’s College, Wellington (New Zealand) before heading to Australia above the Bondi waves at Waverley College (Australia).

Returning to the UK, Batty taught mathematics and served as a house master at Eton College (United Kingdom) before his appointment as the ninth principal of Scotch College, Melbourne (Australia) in 2008.

While at Eton he was introduced to the work of IBSC through Roxbury Latin School (United States) former Headmaster Tony Jarvis. Batty attended his first IBSC Annual Conference at Lindisfarne College (New Zealand) in 2009, and Scotch College hosted the 2012 IBSC Annual Conference. After the conference Batty joined the IBSC Board of Trustees, serving as chair from 2018-21.

Of his 35 years in education, he has spent 32 in boys’ schools. Across New Zealand, Australia, and the UK, as teacher and most recently principal, and through courses, conferences, trips, tours, and friendships in the United States, South Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America, Batty has observed different cultural and systemic approaches to the common thread of growing good men.

He believes that by connecting boys’ schools and their teachers to all it has to offer, IBSC connects schools, teachers, and boys to each other, advancing the cause of boys’ schools and those they serve.

Batty is interested in the relationship between the micro and the macro, the judgement that rests between awareness and action, the interface between social and economic enterprise and parallels to mathematical pattern in the social world. He is married to Lee and they have two daughters, Poppy and Anna, both of whom, to differing degrees, share his lifelong passion for Brentford Football Club.

Batty started his tenure as IBSC executive director in 2022.