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 a leading professional body representing about 19,000 school and college leaders in all phases across the UK.

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

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.