Exemplary services for School Leaders in Scotland

Responsive, trusted, direct support, advice and objectivity delivered by highly experienced, recently retired Headteachers and Depute Headteachers . That’s just the start…

Professional Development

  • Extensive CPD programme
  • High quality conferences
  • Bespoke consultancy services

Exceptional Support

  • Fast, friendly and supportive
  • Direct access to office & field teams
  • Professional, responsive legal advice

Knowledge and Advice

  • Reliable and trusted support and advice
  • Responsive and relevant
  • Regular updates


A dedicated team of office and field-based professionals to support you, outstanding professional development opportunities, regular updates on all aspects of education and leadership in Scotland and much more besides…

  • Day-to-day practical support through telephone, email & website
  • One-on-one support from a dedicated field officer
  • Expert legal advice
  • Access to a national network of colleagues
  • Mentoring Service and Induction Programme
  • Leadership development for all phases of education
  • Career guidance and support
  • Bespoke consultancy and programmes
  • A comprehensive programme of conferences
  • Regular mailings and advice on current issues
  • Up-to-date, wide-ranging authoritative, practical guides and advice
  • Coaching & mentoring (of new HTs and DHTs)
  • Advice on management restructuring
  • Pre/post HMIe Inspection support
  • Support and advice on self evaluation
  • Post formal procedures support
  • Support on the full range of school management issues
  • Timetabling support and advice
  • Support and advice on school mergers
  • Support and advice on child protection issues
  • Support and advice on moving to a new school
  • Advice and support on Leadership issues

School Leaders Scotland Background

How SLS supports members and frequently asked questions

The positive role of SLS

With a membership that includes 75% of secondary headteachers and representation in over 90% of schools, the benefits of SLS membership are not lost to the education profession in Scotland. SLS is an inclusive and supportive association, providing an influential and respected voice and representing the interests of our members across the country. If you’re not a member, what’s keeping you?

The support role of SLS

Membership of SLS is more important than ever as the sector experiences the most significant changes and external pressures in a generation. Advice, support, information and training are all part of the services available to Scottish Leadership teams and the membership rates are very competitively priced too. SLS develops policies, position statements and parliamentary bulletins and press comment on important educational issues as they affect Scottish secondary schools. SLS represents and promotes the interests of secondary senior management team members. The association puts forward the views of those who manage Scottish secondary schools and so influences decision making at local and national level.

The influence of SLS

SLS membership includes experts in various fields and is represented on major local and national educational Bodies such as the General Teaching Council for Scotland, Learning and Teaching Scotland and the Scottish Qualifications Authority. SLS exerts a major influence upon the Scottish educational scene. Its voice is both heard and respected. Our influence is widely recognised at home and abroad and we command respect at all levels.

  • Head Teachers
  • Depute Head Teachers
  • Faculty Head Principal Teachers
  • Business Managers
  • Bursars with key leadership roles

If you are looking to join the Association for the first time, our new joining rates are listed below. Reduced rates for new members joining between before 30 April 2019.  Additional Information can be found in the pricing section of our web site.

  • Headteachers – £18.00 per month
  • Depute Headteachers – £14.00 per month
  • Faculty Heads / Principal Teachers / Bursars / Business Managers – £10.25 per month

The support of the professional staff of the association is always readily available. Increasingly, senior management team members are placed in situations where appropriate professional advice is needed and valued, sometimes at very short notice. SLS also provides high quality training to assist senior staff to handle day-to-day issues and situations. We are recognised as a major provider of quality CPD for senior staff and others. You will have immediate and individual help from your General Secretary and Field Officer which will help you;

  • Avert crises before they ‘break’
  • Benefit from independent and impartial advice
  • Gain advice based on wide knowledge and experience of secondary senior management roles
  • Access first class legal advice
  • Achieve a quick response from our Admin and Finance Manager
Years supporting school leaders in Scotland
of Scottish secondary headteachers are members
Representation in schools in Scotland
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2019 Subscription Offer – take the lead and join the leaders!

Join before 30 April 2019 and enjoy half price fees until 31st December 2019.

Depute Headteacher

£ 14.00

Per Month
  • Professional development courses
  • Events & conferences
  • Exceptional help & advice
  • Access to Field Officer and General Secretary
  • Access to first class legal advice & support
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Business Managers / Faculty HeadsOur current membership offer

£ 10.25

Per Month
  • Professional development courses
  • Events & conferences
  • Exceptional help & advice
  • Access to Field Officer and General Secretary
  • Access to first class legal advice & support
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£ 18.00

Per Month
  • Professional development courses
  • Events & conferences
  • Exceptional help & advice
  • Access to Field Officer and General Secretary
  • Access to first class legal advice & support
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