Council and Executive


The greatest strength of the association is that it is run by members for members. ASCL’s policy making body is formed from a group of elected members collectively known as Council. All categories of members 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.

Council meets three times during the academic year, from Thursday lunchtime until Friday lunchtime, in various locations during October, February (or March) and June. A Council meeting consists of plenary sessions, debates on ‘hot’ topics, and a forum session with a visiting speaker and attendance at a main committee and specialist committee. The main committees are:

  • Conditions and Employment which includes pay, conditions, recruitment, retention, workload, employer engagement, pensions

  • Funding

  • Inclusion and Equalities which covers inclusion, equalities, closing the gap for pupils and staff, and performance of groups

  • Leadership and Governance which includes leader and teacher development, governance, inspections, and accountability

  • Teaching and Learning which covers curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, and qualifications


ASCL members can access more information about Council here.


ASCL Executive is a strategic planning body which considers the operational aspects of the association and of Council. It consists of all elected and full-time officers, the main and Executive committee chairs, the deputy and assistant heads representative and business manager representative. It usually meets four times a year between Council meetings and deals with any urgent policy matters that occur between Council meetings.