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AHDS (Association of Headteachers and Deputes in Scotland) was established in 1975 by a group of forward thinking primary head teachers who felt that catch-all teacher unions were not properly representing their interests in policy debates or supporting them when things went wrong.

Over the years we have evolved and expanded.  We now welcome HT, DHT and PT members from nurseries, primaries and ASN schools.  Our core purpose is to give a separate voice to this key group of education leadership professionals.  

We are the least expensive school leaders' union in the UK and have frozen our membership fees since 2008! We have good relationships with key players in Scottish Education and continually work to influence developments in the interests of our members and Scotland’s children.

Our Strategic Priorities

A short summary of our key activities

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The AHDS member magazine

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Position Statements

Learn more about the AHDS view on key issues

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