Strategic Priorities

Strategic Priorities

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
  • Offer wellbeing support to members

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 as identified through our annual workload survey and including:
    • Seeking appropriate resourcing for inclusion and the presumption of mainstreaming policy
    • Advocating for change to improve the desirability of headship
    • Supporting the empowerment agenda, provided it is accompanied by adequate resources
    • Promoting equitable access to technology, connectivity and training to support digital learning
    • Contributing the voice of school leaders to:
      • reforms flowing from recent and new reports on our education system
      • Changes to Early Learning and Childcare policy
      • Curriculum review and development
      • National Improvement Framework and the Equity & Excellence agenda
  • Develop and maintain influential partnerships locally, nationally and internationally
  • Work to eradicate discrimination of any form within education
  • Take an evidence-based approach to policy development
  • Contribute to seeking ongoing improvement in pay and conditions for members
  • Seek to ensure that school leader wellbeing is high on the prioity list of central and local government