What is a subject association?
Subject associations are normally membership organisations, often registered charities, whose mission is to further the teaching and learning of a specific subject in schools, colleges and universities. They are independent of government and believe very strongly in supporting teachers in their subject specialism.
What is the Council for Subject Associations?
The Council for Subject Associations (CfSA) is a membership organisation, recognised as charitable company limited by guarantee. It is entirely independent of government and acts as a single voice for its subject association members.
Initial discussions about the creation of the CfSA began in 2006 when the Department for Education and Skills (subsequently the DCSF and now the Department for Education DfE) commissioned the Subject Associations Steering Group (SASG) to make a case for a single organisation to work with and support the subject association community. So compelling was the case put forward for a representative body to support the subject associations that the then DfES appointed a consultant to work with the subject associations to prepare the constitutional basis and organisational structure of the CfSA.
The CfSA was officially launched on 20th September 2007. The Board of Directors, elected from nominations made by subject association members of the CfSA, was approved on 31st March 2008.
The CfSA currently has a membership of over twenty associations. These members specialise in over twenty different subject areas and cover varying stages of the curriculum.
More information about our member associations and the benefits of joining them can be found in the membership section of this website.