Why Join School Leaders Scotland?

Exemplary service. Highly skilled and knowledgeable support staff. Informative, independent, respected and a strong reach throughout Scotland. That’s just the start…

SLS Benefits

SLS is the leadership organisation for Secondary Schools in Scotland. Now representing HTs, DHTs, Faculty Heads,/PTs and Bursars/Business Managers, Private and Public Sector.

  • 24 hour turnaround for legal and professional advice and support specific to school leaders
  • Preferential access to high quality CPD
  • Network of professional support and advice across the country
  • Represented in over 90% of Scottish Secondary Schools and all authorities in Scotland
  • Fully affiliated to ASCL (Association of School and Colleges Leaders) and all their services and benefits
  • A voice in national education policy including representation on most national education bodies.

Increasingly members are realising the importance of being in the Association that speaks exclusively for secondary school leaders. As a school leader you need information that’s relevant to your role as a senior leader. As a result more and more leaders are joining SLS and benefiting from our support.

Membership Benefits

A dedicated team of 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 and regular publications
  • One-on-one support from a dedicated field officer and in-house support team
  • SLS’s leaders speak with authority and influence national and local government policies
  • Access to a national network of colleagues, sharing experience and solving problems
  • Field officers provide direct personal advice and support
  • Expert legal advice
  • A range of services responsive to issues concerning today’s education leaders
  • Scheduled events for your leadership team
  • Support through our Mentoring Service and Induction Programme
  • Leadership development for all phases of education
  • Guidance and support relevant to all stages of your career
  • Personalised development for you and your establishment
  • 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

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

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 before 30 April 2019. Additional Information can be found in the pricing section of our web site.

  • Headteachers – £18.00 per month until 31.12.19
  • Depute Headteachers – £14.00 per month until 31.12.19
  • Faculty Heads / Principal Teachers / Bursars / Business Managers – £10.25 per month until 31.12.19

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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Latest Subscription Offer – Only Available If Joining Before 30 April 2019!

Join now and enjoy reduced fees until 31 December 2019.

Depute Headteacher

£ 14.00

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  • 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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£ 10.25

Per Month
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  • 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

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  • Events & conferences
  • Exceptional help & advice
  • Access to Field Officer and General Secretary
  • Access to first class legal advice & support
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