"The alert watchfulness of the past will be even more requisite in the future."
Dr Jagger, president of the Association, 1922–3
1918 Four London-based inspectors meet in the old education offices at London County Council and agree to form a professional association for inspectors and educational organisers employed by local authorities in England and Wales.
1919 A second meeting of six inspectors is held on 14 February 1919, and the Association is inaugurated as the National Association of Inspectors of Schools and Educational Organisers (NAIEO).
1921 The Association holds its first ever annual conference on 23 April 1921. With the exception of the war years, this tradition has been maintained every year since.
1945 A survey conducted by the Association revealed that salaries paid to members across the country varied enormously. The Association calls for a national committee to be set up – the result is the formation of the Soulbury Committee, which negotiates salaries and conditions of services for professionals working in the field to this day.
1978 The name of the Association is changed to the National Association of Inspectors and Educational Advisers (NAIEA).
1977 The Association is officially registered as a trades union.
1993 The name of the Association is changed to the National Association of Educational Inspectors, Advisers and Consultants (NAEIAC), which enables professionals 'employed to provide or manage the provision of educational advice, inspection or consultancy' to become members. The move is one of a number of changes overseen by the Association's then general secretary, Bill Wright, to make the Association a more independent body.
1999 The Association appoints its first-ever full-time general secretary, John Chowcat.
2002 The Association affiliates to the Trades Union Congress (TUC).
2005 The name of the Association is changed to the Association of Professionals in Education and Children’s Trusts (Aspect). Membership reaches 4,000 for the first time.
2007 The Association continues to provide expert advice and support to members throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.