Strategic Priorities

Our overarching priority at present is to support AHDS members though the Covid-19 period and subsequent impacts.

Through the combination of the following actions AHDS will aim to continue to grow the association, strengthen member engagement and empower members to have an effective voice at all levels.

1. Support

  • Deliver ‘best in class’ local networks and professional advice service
  • Be represented in and representative of all parts of Scotland
  • Work to ensure that member wellbeing is high on internal and external agendas

2. Career Long Professional Learning

  • Share knowledge and good practice from home and abroad
  • Provide CLPL and networking opportunities that are high quality, relevant and timely

3. Policy

  • Speak up for school leaders on issues that matter, including:
    • Issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic and its implications
    • Reforms flowing from the OECD report (Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence: Into the Future)
    • Equitable access to technology, connectivity and training to support digital learning
    • Workforce pressures, teacher numbers and protection of management time
    • School Empowerment Agenda including HT Charter and Fair Funding
    • Early Learning and Childcare
    • Job-sizing and Career Pathways
    • Implementation of GIRFEC and Presumption of Mainstreaming
    • National Improvement Framework (including the future of inspection) and the Equity & Excellence agenda
    • Curriculum Development
  • Develop and maintain influential partnerships locally, nationally and internationally
  • Take an evidence-based approach to policy development

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