About us 

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) is the leading professional association and trade union for all school, college and trust leaders. We are proud to support and represent more than 25,000 leaders of primary, secondary and post-16 education from across the UK.

Our members are responsible for the education of more than four million young people and children. We work to shape national education policy, provides advice and support to our members and deliver first-class professional development.

We have no political affiliation.

We represent school and college leaders with a wide range of roles including:

  • Executive Headteachers
  • CEOs of multi-academy trusts
  • Principals
  • Headteachers
  • Heads of School
  • Deputy Heads and Vice Principals
  • Assistant Heads/Assistant Principals
  • School Business Managers/Business Leaders
  • Finance Directors and CFOs
  • Colleagues with strategic whole school/college or cross-trust responsibilities

Our Employees

ASCL's values, such as respect, wellbeing, teamwork, professionalism and communication all contribution to a positive work culture, to employee engagement, and overall organisational success.

Office culture 

We offer hybrid working – a combination of working from home and the national headquarters in Leicester - as well as some travel. ASCL is committed to equality of opportunity for all our staff. 

Brand values

We enable school and college leaders to provide the best possible education to children and young people. We provide advice and support to our members, work to shape national education policy, and deliver first class professional development. ASCL is bold, principled and authoritative.

Career development 

A thorough induction programme and a progressive PDP system to enable staff to develop relevant skills and acquire knowledge to underpin their current role and career aspirations, including in-house training, time off for revision or training, and a course fee repayment plan.

Meet the team

Richard Tanton
Director of Member Support

Richard began as a history teacher and went on to accumulate over twenty years experience in school leadership, including head of sixth form, deputy headship and two headships. He has had three roles within ASCL; regional officer, assistant director of member support and presently director of member support.

Hayley Dunn FCCA CISBL
Director of Finance & Governance

Hayley is Director of Finance and Governance for ASCL, Company Secretary for ASCL PD Ltd and a key member of ASCL UK’s Leadership Group. Hayley works with our operations, finance, IT and membership teams, supporting our strategic outward-facing work and overseeing the essential processes and working of the Association.

Hayley’s background is in accountancy and finance, having worked in the private and public sectors. She is a qualified accountant and has held senior business leadership roles in the maintained and academies sector. She is the author of the School Business Manager’s Handbook.

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