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The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL)

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) is the first-choice trade union and professional association for all leaders.

With over 19,000 members from primary, secondary and post-16 education we are proud to represent and support:

  • Executive Headteachers
  • MAT CEOs
  • Deputy Heads
  • Vice Principals
  • Assistant Headteachers
  • Business Managers/Leaders
  • Finance Directors
  • Senior leaders in trust central offices
  • Leaders with strategic responsibility for data, curriculum, literacy etc across multiple schools

You do not have to be a member of the senior leadership team to join ASCL, if you have whole school or cross-trust strategic responsibility we would be delighted to welcome you as a member.

Why join ASCL?

As a school or college leader, you need information and advice relevant to your role. ASCL represents leaders in schools and colleges, including those working as system leaders across groups of schools. From financial management to understanding the latest Ofsted framework, ASCL gives you access to the very best professional advice through our publications, telephone hotline and legal support.

Two organisations for the price of one:

ASCL gives you all the advantages of belonging to a professional association, along with top quality trade union support for you as an individual.

Personal, professional, and confidential telephone advice:

With ASCL’s hotline, pick up the phone and get advice from a trained and experienced former school leader – whatever the issue, whenever you need it.

Peace of mind should something go wrong:

ASCL’s legal and trade union support is there should you ever need it, from highly trained field officers (all former school and college leaders), ASCL’s in house solicitors, and specialist law firms.

Timely and relevant guidance on issues that matter to you:

From improving the quality of teaching and preparing for inspection to managing a reducing budget, ASCL keeps you up to date with the resources you need to help you to do your job effectively.

A team of education specialists working on your behalf:

ASCL’s specialists are former school and college leaders who are experts in their field. They specialise in a wide range of areas such as funding, inspection, curriculum, business management and primary leadership. They have a dual role in supporting members as well as influencing policy.

An effective voice in influencing policy:

ASCL works tenaciously behind the scenes to influence policy implementation. Our officials and specialists are in regular contact with senior policy-makers, campaigning on issues that matter to school and college leaders across the country.

Professional development to suit your needs:

ASCL Professional Development offers top-quality CPD, delivered in-house and tailored to your requirements. There is also a range of courses and conferences covering a wide range of topics to keep you up to date on the latest issues.

A network of like-minded individuals:

Whether you are a business manager or an executive head, ASCL provides many opportunities for you to share practice and exchange ideas with a network of senior colleagues around the country.

Commercial discounts:

Take advantage of a range of personal discounts on car and home insurance, financial advice, medical insurance, hotels and much more. Free personal injury cover is provided as part of your membership.

Why join ASCL?

Take a look at what our members think in our video here.

“Membership of ASCL is different to the subscriptions that schools hold to other associations. ASCL is there for you personally. They look after your interests so if you have an issue or dispute you know there is somewhere there to turn to.”

School Business Manager, South East

“When I joined the leadership team I initially continued my membership with the teaching union. But once I saw the support that colleagues were getting from ASCL I had to join. They completely understand the issues that I am encountering. The resources are great and knowing that there is someone there who understands gives me confidence.”

Assistant Headteacher, North East

“My membership is worth every penny. ASCL is the only education union that I think understands the business leader role. The guidance and updates that they put out on funding, procurement, due diligence etc is excellent. Plus having the hotline that you can call for both minor queries like checking the latest DfE information before a governors meeting through to issues which mean your job is at risk, is invaluable.”

Business and Finance Director, London

“ASCL has been so helpful since I joined SLT. I’ve used the resources a lot and I love the fact that there is someone who I can talk to, in confidence who can help me to work out the best way to handle some of the new challenges that I am facing in this role.”

Assistant Headteacher, Midlands

“I thought that ASCL was only for secondary school leaders but I’ve been really impressed by the support they have offered me. I joined because ASCL understands the challenges and issues of leading a school in the current system and climate. The strategic and practical support is so important and I haven’t found it provided to this level anywhere else.”

Head of School (Primary), South East

Academies Show Special Offer

Visit us at The Academies Show London to pick up copies of our latest guidance and resources for school leaders.

Join ASCL at The Academies Show and save up to 30% on membership fees for the rest of 2018. Receive a £20 John Lewis Gift Voucher when you join at the show.

Follow us at @ASCL_UK to find out about special activities taking place on the ASCL stand including a Q&A with ASCL General Secretary, Geoff Barton and an ask the expert session with our Funding Specialist, Julia Harnden.

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