The greatest strength of ASCL is that it is run by members, for members. Our policy-making body is formed from a group of elected members collectively known as Council. All categories of member are represented, and the ratio of Council representatives to members is more generous in ASCL than in any of the other teachers’ professional associations. This democratic base is fundamental to serving our diverse membership and is essential to our continuing success and effectiveness.
ASCL Council consists of around 50 elected ASCL members. The main purpose of Council is to determine our position on key policy issues. These positions are then used by the Presidential Trio, General Secretary and policy team to engage with ministers and civil servants, and by our public relations team in our messaging to the media.
Council meets three times during the academic year. A Council meeting consists of plenary sessions, debates on ‘hot’ topics, a forum session with a visiting speaker, and attendance at one of five committees.
Invitation to stand for election as PRU Representative on ASCL Council
Our current PRU Representative on ASCL Council, John Bradshaw, is stepping down in August. We are therefore holding an election for someone to take his place. This is a relatively new role on ASCL Council which has proved invaluable in ensuring the voices of members working in alternative provision are heard in the policy-making process.
Any full member of ASCL based in a PRU, other alternative provision setting or secure unit may nominate themselves for this post. Nominations need to be supported by a proposer and a seconder, who must be ASCL members based in any setting. You can find a nomination form
for this role, and the deadline for nominations is Friday 17 July. If we need to hold an election, this will take place in September, with results announced week beginning 28 September.
PRU nomination form