Carl Ward
ASCL President 2017-18

My year as President of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) 2017-18 began on 1 September.

It is a great honour and privilege to be chosen by my peers and fellow members to help lead and represent ASCL. During the year, I look forward to meeting many members on my travels, and hearing their thoughts and opinions. This will help guide us in the Association’s work.

Like a number of ASCL members, I am involved in working across a group of schools as a leader of a multi-academy trust in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Find out more about my experience and the schools I lead in the video introduction above.

There is no doubt that we lead in challenging times for education. However, I believe that these times hold great opportunity for us to show bold, collective leadership and reach out to other sectors to develop committed partnerships that help us secure stability built around a long-term vision for education.

To achieve this, ASCL will continue to work tirelessly to provide first-class membership services to support you, to help build vision for the sector, and diplomacy to help secure commitment and partnership. We can build a better future together.

Charities and campaigns

During my year as President I will be supporting two charities, the ASCL Benevolent Fund which provides incredibly important support for members who have fallen upon hard times.  My second charity is the Donna Louise Trust based in Stoke on Trent, a charity close to my heart which provides support for children with life-limiting conditions.  

I am also supporting the #iwill campaign, which promotes social action among 10 to 20 year-olds. This includes activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which create a double benefit to communities and young people themselves. You can find more out about the #iwill campaign via their video and website.

I urge you to support them if you can.

ASCL Council

ASCL Council has agreed the following pledge:

ASCL will:

  • identify school and college leaders who embed youth social action as part of whole-school and college culture and practice, and support them to share best practice across the ASCL network

  • communicate, through our annual conference, the value of youth social action to inspire and support school and college leaders to help more of their students develop the knowledge, skills and qualities needed for work and life through youth social action, whilst transforming communities

  • encourage more schools, specifically those serving less affluent communities, to create a culture of social action

I hope I can rely on your support to make this pledge real during my Presidential year.