About us

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) speaks on behalf of members and acts on behalf of children and young people.

ASCL is Britain's leading professional body representing over 18,000 school, college and system leaders, across the UK, including primary schools, multi-academy trusts and those working across phases.

Our members are responsible for the education of more than four million young people. ASCL works to shape national education policy, provide advice and support to members and deliver first class professional development across the sector.

Inspired by a vision of high quality education for all young people, ASCL aims to be the first choice professional body for all school, college and system leaders.

We will achieve this through:

  • offering advice, guidance and best practice

  • providing members with legal support and full trade union representation

  • shaping and influencing policy

  • delivering high quality professional development for the education sector

Read more about what we stand for.

ASCL Professional Development (ASCL PD), a limited company affiliated to ASCL, is a major provider of professional development courses, consultancy and leadership appointment services for the education sector. Find out more in the Professional Development section.