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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 Professional Learning 
  • 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 learning opportunities, regular updates on all aspects of education and leadership in Scotland and much more besides…

  • Through affiliation with Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) you will have full trade union rights
  • One-on-one support from a dedicated field officer and in-house support team
  • SLS 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
  • Comprehensive and expert legal advice
  • A range of services responsive to issues concerning today’s education leaders
  • Day-to-day practical support through telephone, email, website and regular publications
  • 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 Learning

  • Extensive Professional Learning programme
  • High quality conferences
  • Bespoke consultancy services

Professional Support

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

Professional Influence

  • Regular updates on Scottish educational issues
  • The opportunity to comment on and influence education policy 
  • An active voice in negotiating terms and conditions for school leaders 

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,  SLS membership ensures that your voice and the voice of school leaders is heard throughout, within and at every level of Scottish education.  SLS is an inclusive and supportive Association.  We speak with an influential and respected voice which represents the interests the ever increasing number of members across the country.

The support role of SLS

Membership of SLS is more important than ever as Scottish Education embarks upon the most significant changes in school governance in a generation.  Advice, support, information and training are all part of the services available to School Leadership teams.  SLS develops policies, position statements 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, in all forums represents the views of those who lead Scottish secondary schools and so influences decision making at local and national levels.

The influence of SLS

SLS membership includes experts in various fields and is represented on every major local and national educational body such as the General Teaching Council Scotland, Education Scotland and the Scottish Qualifications Authority. SLS exerts a major influence upon the Scottish educational scene. Its voice is  heard, respected and sought.  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, you will receive reduced fees until 31 December 2024.  You will also receive a £25 M&S voucher.  Additional Information can be found in the pricing section of our web site.

Our current full rates are:

  • Headteachers – £37.20 per month 
  • Depute Headteachers – £28.65 per month 
  • Faculty Heads / Principal Teachers / Bursars / Business Managers – £21.10 per month 

The support of the professional staff of the Association is always readily available. Increasingly, senior leaders are placed in situations, often at very short notice, where appropriate professional advice is essential to effective decision making.  SLS provides high quality training to assist senior leaders to handle day-to-day issues as well as longer term situations. We are recognised as the major provider of quality Professional Learning for senior leaders 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 leadership roles
  • Access first class comprehensive legal advice
Years supporting school leaders in Scotland
of Scottish secondary headteachers are members
Representation in schools in Scotland
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Join now and enjoy 50% reduction in fees until 31 December 2024


Depute Headteacher

£ 14.30

Per Month until 31.12.24
  • 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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Faculty Head/Principal Teacher/Business Manager/BursarMost Popular

£ 10.55

Per Month until 31.12.24
  • 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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£ 18.50

Per Month until 31.12.24
  • 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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I have said to our SLT here there is only one union to be with

I would like to thank you and the team at SLS for all the support you have extended to me personally and also to the wider system. The advice you have given has been invaluable.

I must say that SLS communication this last year has been nothing short of excellent - thank you!

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