I joined the AHDS over 16 years ago. At that time I was a member of the EIS but had never been actively involved and really was only a member because everyone else was and it was felt that it was sensible in case of finding yourself in difficulties.
I had no wish to become an activist as there always seemed to be a negative agenda with a focus on demands for better conditions with little mention of improving experiences for children. I also felt it was a union that was mainly for classroom teachers and there was a definite belief among colleagues that once you moved out of the classroom there would not be the same support given. In fact there was an anti management attitude prevalent at the time.
AHDS provided HTs with the ‘insurance’ of assistance in the event of trouble and the availability of advice specifically for Heads. Of course it has evolved and changed almost beyond recognition since I joined!
AHDS is a respected Education Association with a strong voice in all sectors, partner organisations, local and national government. I became more actively involved some 6 or 7 years ago because I am a bit nosy and like to know what is going on outside my school. I found I wanted an opportunity to try to influence the bigger picture and AHDS certainly now provides me with this challenge!
AHDS provides me with support if I need it and keeps me informed about educational change. It offers quality CPD opportunities, provides the chance for quality time to engage with colleagues and, for those who want to get more involved, it provides a vehicle whereby we can attempt to influence the direction of education policy in Scotland.
Headteacher Jordanhill School