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School Leaders Scotland

Welcome to the website for School Leaders Scotland. I hope you find on the site the information you are looking for. We have tried to include a range of information which I hope you will find helpful. The details for contacting officers are there if you need any other information.

School Leaders Scotland is an association of long standing. It was set up historically to meet the needs of senior leaders in Scottish secondary schools and as such now represents the majority of these in Scotland. The services provided cover everything you would expect from such an association but are also bolstered by our close links with the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL)in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Although we are independent, this gives us membership of and access to the resources of a much larger association with the national and international clout that such links also bring. The best of both worlds.

As you will see from the side panel we regularly post information on current issues, notably recently the pension situation and the rapidly changing qualifications scene. On these, and all other major education developments, SLS has significant impact.

SLS operates through a Council representing geographical areas, public and private sectors and the range of our membership.

An Executive is elected from Council and, between the two meets around 5 or 6 times a year.

The Presidential Team meets frequently and represents the association at the highest level.

We are supported in the Office by Lyn and Margaret; Neil Shaw as Field Officer; Alan Jones our Events Manager; Mhairi Moore, our HE Adviser and myself as General Secretary. All have many years experience of supporting members. Our legal and personal support is second to none.

Our CPD opportunities are open to members and non-members and are fully supported by all government agencies. . These events come highly recommended and evaluations have always been extremely positive. This is because we tailor these very carefully directly to our members' needs, use knowledgeable and experienced presenters and keep costs to a minimum in these financially straitened times while still maintaining high standards of content and location. Part of this service is our renowned annual National Education Conference in November. This is an event in the country’s calendar not to be missed.

Please remember also that at any time we are happy to take your calls or e-mails and will try to get back to you within 24 hours. We have a wealth of expertise and support ready to hand.

There is no better time to join the association. The association has grown significantly in the last year or so despite the exodus from the profession over the last few years due to retirement but it is good to know thankfully their replacements can find in their SLS colleagues exactly the kind of professional support that will see them through these difficult, challenging but potentially rewarding times. If you are an HT or DHT, a Faculty Head or Principal Teacher looking to move into senior leadership or a Business Manager with senior leadership responsibility then you should join your colleagues in SLS. You will be made most welcome. We receive regular letters of appreciation from retiring colleagues acknowledging the comradeship and personal support of HAS/SLS .

You will also see our latest membership offer. If you are considering joining SLS now is the time to do so. Why not take advantage of our new membership offer? Join before 31st December and pay only reduced membership fees from joining until 1st January 2016.

We have a long history of being key players in Scottish education. We hope that influence will continue to grow even stronger in the years ahead. Please help us to strengthen the organisation even more by recommending colleagues to join. Application forms can be found in our "why join" section.


I’m delighted to let you know that Jim Thewliss, former President of School Leaders Scotland and current Headteacher of Harris Academy, was ratified by Council on Tuesday as my successor as General Secretary.

we have gone through the usual HR procedures we will confirm Jim’s official starting date, which is likely to be towards mid-August.

I’m confident that Jim is an excellent choice for SLS and I look forward to working with Jim as we move towards the handover.

Ken Cunningham CBE
General Secretary


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12 February 2015

ICAS Foundation

As per the recent e-bulletins, if you have an interest in pursuing one of the ICAS awards for your young people then it need to be completed fairly soon Details attached.

7 January 2015

Pension Update January 2015

January 2015 Update The Teachers' Pension Scheme (Scotland)

18 March 2014

Pay & Conditions Update

Latest Pay & Conditions Update 2014

Scottish Teachers' Pension Scheme June 15

Update of Scottish Teachers' Pension Scheme - June 2015 read more

Higher Education Update June 2015

Latest Higher Education Update From our HE Adviser read more


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