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Terms and conditons of NAHT and NAHT Edge member referral scheme 2018


Membership Terms and Conditions
1. Overview
1.1 The following Terms and Conditions (the ‘Conditions’) in conjunction with NAHT’s constitution and rules, govern your membership of NAHT, and use of the Services provided by NAHT. ‘Services’ are set out in clause seven. By completing an application for membership of NAHT, or by verbal acceptance of, you agree to these Conditions (and any variation or amendment to them) in full.   
1.2 These Conditions, NAHT’s constitution and rules (the ‘Constitution’) and Privacy Policy (the ‘Privacy Policy’) constitute the entire agreement between NAHT and you. You acknowledge to NAHT that you have not relied on any statement, promise, representation, assurance or warranty made or given by or on behalf of NAHT which is not set out in the Conditions or the Constitution

1.3 In the event of any conflict between these Conditions, our policies and the Constitution, the Constitution shall have precedence. The interpretation of any matter arising from the Constitution shall be determined by the National Executive.

1.4 Member benefits and services are determined by the National Executive and are subject to change.

1.5 NAHT shall have the right to make any changes to the Services which are necessary to comply with any applicable law or safety requirement, or which do not materially affect the nature or quality of the Services.

1.6 We may amend these Conditions at our absolute discretion at any time, and any revised versions will be effective immediately once published at (the ’Website’). 

1.7 In the event of a ballot, papers will be sent to your home address. In the absence of a home address ballot papers will be sent to your work address.

1.8 If you have any comments or questions about our Terms and Conditions write to us by email to or by post to Member Support, NAHT, 1 Heath Square, Boltro Road, Haywar ds Heath, West Sussex RH16 1BL.

2. Joining NAHT

2.1 Your membership will start on the first day of the calendar month after NAHT’s acceptance of your application, including a valid direct debit instruction or other payment. NAHT will confirm your start date by email. Allow approximately seven working days from receipt for your paper application to be processed and your membership activated.

2.2 The online membership application service is for new applications only.

2.3 NAHT reserves the right to request further evidence to support a membership application and to withdraw membership if at any time it finds that its eligibility criteria stated in the NAHT Constitution are not met.

2.4 The way that you enter your name on application is the way that you will subsequently be addressed, for example, by email.

2.5 A valid personal email address must be provided as part of your membership application, whether online or paper application.

2.6 NAHT cannot be held responsible for identifying multiple membership applications from the same person if the joining application process is completed more than once.

2.7 Your membership start date will be confirmed by email. Access to member services and benefits will be provided from the membership start date. You are not entitled to any legal advice or representation which relates to any issue which is pre-existing on the membership start date.

2.8 NAHT reserves the right to back date membership in limited circumstances determined at NAHT’s discretion, for example, where an application is received and processed in the first few days of a calendar month. You cannot back date membership to provide cover for a pre-existing issue.

2.9 If you wish to re-join following a break in membership, please contact the member support team for details on how to proceed.

2.10 Membership of NAHT provides your consent for us to contact you in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

2.11 Communication preferences are available. However, all information relating to ballots, subscriptions and your personal data will be set to your home email or postal address.

3. Eligibility

3.1. Members of the education leadership occupations that NAHT welcomes into full membership are set out below. Full eligibility details are available in the NAHT Constitution and Rules.

3.2. Member services and benefits will only be provided for members in roles which meet NAHT eligibility criteria (as stated in the NAHT Constitution); NAHT will not provide services and benefits for roles which do not meet NAHT eligibility criteria.

3.3. If, as a result of a change in role, a member becomes ineligible for NAHT membership while Services are being provided, NAHT may at its discretion continue to provide the member with services and/or benefits and subject to the member continuing to pay their usual subscription or having paid their subscription in advance. From the date of the change to an ineligible role, no other services will be provided. In the event that a member is benefiting from representation at the time that the member transfers from a higher subscription rate to a lower rate, the higher subscription rate is payable until the case in which representation is being provided reaches a conclusion.

3.4. Full members who take on a post with Teaching and Learning Responsibility payments (TLR post) are eligible for continued membership or if their salary remains protected on a safeguarded Leadership Spine salary or equivalent.

3.5. Education leadership occupations that NAHT welcomes into full membership:

  • Head teachers and principals
  • Deputy head teachers and vice principals
  • Assistant head teachers and vice principals
  • Interim head teachers
  • Executive head teachers
  • Associate head teachers
  • Heads of School
  • Virtual head teachers
  • Independent consultants and advisers
  • School improvement partners
  • Inspectors and section 48 inspectors
  • Bursars and school business managers
  • Children’s centre managers and leaders
  • Teachers in Northern Ireland who are part of the senior leadership team exercising responsibilities in the field of education comparable to those of an assistant head teacher in England and Wales
  • Those in acting leadership positions
  • Those who are on a safeguarded leadership salary
  • Those who become members while holding a permanent post of head teacher, deputy head teacher or assistant head teacher and have stepped down to a TLR post

3.6. Applicants who work for the following organisations are entitled to apply for full membership.

  • Maintained schools
  • Non-maintained schools
  • Independent schools
  • Federations
  • Academies
  • Children’s centres and extended schools
  • Pupil referral units
  • Local authority advisory or support service
  • Social services
  • Hospital schools
  • Sure Start centres
  • Playing for Success
  • Further education centres
  • Service Children's Education schools
  • Outdoor education centres.

3.7. Overseas membership of NAHT is open to applicants who work outside the countries or geographical regions outlined in rule 2.g. of the Constitution provided that the education establishments at which these applicants are employed meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • An educational establishment which is controlled by an organisation within the countries or geographical regions outlined in rule 2.g of the Rules and Constitution
  • An educational establishment which is a member of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS)
  • An educational establishment which is a member of the Council of British Independent Schools in the European Communities (COBISEC)
  • An educational establishment which is a member of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC).

3.8. Organisations affiliated to NAHT
As well as through the eligibility criteria laid out in Appendix A of the Constitution, full membership of NAHT is also open to members of organisations which are party to an agreement with NAHT. Listed below are the affiliated organisations:

  • Association for Heads of Outdoor Education Centres (AHOEC)
  • Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS).


4.  Membership categories

4.1. NAHT accepts for full membership of NAHT the following educational leaders in academic and managerial grades within educational professions. Members of the education leadership occupations that NAHT welcomes into full membership are set out in appendix A of the Constitution, and reviewed from time to time by the National Executive. In addition, appendix A also enumerates the broad descriptive titles of the types of local authority and independent educational establishments where NAHT’s members are employed.

a) Full membership of NAHT is also open to members who work permanently or temporarily outside the countries or geographical regions outlined in rule 2.g of the Constitution at the discretion of the National Executive. The National Executive shall have the power to alter the subscriptions paid and the services and benefits received by such members.

b) Full members include:

- head teachers (UK and overseas)
- deputy head teachers (UK and overseas)
- assistant head teachers (UK and overseas)
- school business managers (UK and overseas)
- children’s centre managers (UK only)

c) Full membership of NAHT shall also be open to members of organisations which are party to an agreement with NAHT endorsed by NAHT’s annual general meeting (AGM) and published as appendix B of the Constitution.

4.2. Professional associate membership
Professional associate membership is available to members who cease to be eligible for full membership by reason of termination of employment but are not eligible for life membership; and whose occupation is considered, at NAHT’s discretion, to be closely related to leadership roles in education. 


4.3. Affiliate membership
Affiliate membership is open to existing members who cease to be eligible for full membership by reason of termination of employment but are not eligible for either life membership or professional associate membership and who are on a career break or not in employment.


4.4. Life membership
A full member who has ceased to be eligible for full membership by reason of the termination of employment and thereupon becomes entitled to retirement benefits shall be eligible for life membership. A professional associate member eligible by virtue of rule 3.5a of the Constitution is eligible for life membership on becoming entitled to retirement benefits. Full and professional associate members who wish to exercise the option of taking up life membership shall notify the head office of NAHT in writing or by email no later than six months from the termination of their employment.


5. Subscriptions

5.1. From your membership start date, you enter into an annual rolling contract with NAHT for the membership Services which are paid for by annual, quarterly or monthly subscription by direct debit or annually by cheque as agreed. In 2017 NAHT will no longer be accepting cheques as a method of payment for membership subscriptions.

5.2. Membership subscriptions, where paid in monthly instalments, are payable by direct debit on the fifth working day of each month, with subscription payments debited monthly in advance for the month in which the payment is taken. Annual or quarterly direct debit are payable in advance. Direct debits are collected in accordance with the direct debit schemes and rules. Any unpaid instalments will remain outstanding and will be collected the following month.

5.3. Membership subscription rates will be published on the Website and confirmed to you in writing before your NAHT direct debit instruction becomes active. If your direct debit instruction is not accepted by your bank, for example because invalid details have been provided by you, your membership application will be deemed void. NAHT will not accept any liability for costs incurred as a result of applications deemed void in this manner.

5.4. NAHT reserves the right to increase the membership subscription rates provided that such rates cannot be increased more than once in any six-month period. NAHT will publish any such increase on the Website 28 days before the date of the increase.

5.5. Any promotions and discounts are given at NAHT’s sole discretion and may be withdrawn by NAHT without notice.

5.6. A reduction in membership subscriptions is available for some categories of membership if the individual is working 0.6 or less of a full-time equivalent post or if the individual is on maternity/paternity/adoption leave. Contact for more information.

5.7. Default on any payment due under these Conditions may result in the full balance of the annual membership subscription becoming due and payable.

5.8. Members whose subscription payments are more than three calendar months in arrears shall be deemed to have resigned their membership and shall not be entitled to any of the Services or Benefits from the date of default.

5.9. Reinstatement of membership or access to membership Services will be at the discretion of NAHT and will only be considered within three months after membership has expired or after access to Services has been restricted.

5.10. Members with any overdue subscription payments in the initial three calendar months will have restricted access to membership Services.

5.11. If overdue subscription payments are paid up within the initial three calendar months, access to Services will be reinstated.

5.12. Members who pay subscriptions in advance (annual or quarterly payments) who subsequently resign their membership will be not entitled to a refund for any remaining whole months.

5.13. Members who are suspended from membership for an agreed period as per Rule 5 of the Constitution who pay subscriptions in advance or by direct debit will not be entitled to a refund for membership during the period of suspension.

5.14. Members who are excluded from membership as per Rule 5.10 of the Constitution and pay subscriptions in advance (annual or quarterly payments) will not be entitled to a refund for any remaining whole months.

5.15. Subscription rates will be applied according to the information provided by the member and the nearest equivalent rate will be applied depending on the seniority of the member.

6. Change of role, personal details and cancellation of membership

6.1. Members must update NAHT’s member support team in writing or by email with any changes to your personal and contact details. To amend your bank details please contact us by telephone on 0300 30 30 333 (option 2).

6.2. It can take 30 days to make changes to your membership.

6.3. Reductions in subscription rates will only be applied from the date on which notification of the change of role was received by our membership team in writing or by email.

6.4. Where a change in a member’s role results in an increase in subscription rate, we reserve the right to apply and recover increased subscriptions from the date on which the member started in their new role.

6.5. Members who become ineligible for membership as a result of retirement or resignation from their role must give at least one clear calendar months’ notice in writing or by email to or by post to Member Support, NAHT, 1 Heath Square, Boltro Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1BL.

6.6. Full members whose employment within an eligible organisation has ceased may apply for NAHT life membership if they are entitled to receive retirement benefits.

6.7. Members transferring to life membership must do so within six months after the termination of their full membership. Contact for more information.

6.8. You may cancel your membership in writing at any time by giving at least one clear calendar months’ notice in writing or by email to or by post to Member Support, NAHT, 1 Heath Square, Boltro Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1BL.

6.9. Full members who exercise the option of taking up professional associate membership shall notify the head office of NAHT no later than six months from the termination of their employment.

7. Membership Services and benefits

7.1. Membership of NAHT entitles the following membership categories to the services as listed below.


   Full members  Life members  Professional associate members  Affiliate members
Access to the members area and resources/information on the NAHT website and app. Including but not limited to :
  • advice documents and toolkits
  • campaign resources
  • information relating to industrial action
  • AGM and conference documents
  • resources for NAHT officials 
  • news.
 X  X  X
 Publications, guidance documents, including but not limited to:
  • a regular digital newsletter
  • electronic communications sent out on an issue-specific basis
  • guidance documents to: inform members of important developments in the education sector (e.g. government strategy; professional practice, employment law etc.); advise members on ‘how to’ get something accomplished, either for themselves or supporting them to work with their employing body, and provide a ‘guide to action’ that is likely to be a challenging management activity.
 X  X  X  X
Access to the NAHT free and confidential counselling and support line provided by TSN (the Teacher Support Network) including counselling, emotional support and legal advice.  X  X  X  X
Employment advice though our advice telephone line.  X      
Advice on pay, conditions and occupational pensions available online and by our telephone line, plus access to seminars at preferential member rates.  X      
 Advice on education policy-making across all phases.  X      
 Individual legal support and representation.  X      
National collective representation on behalf of senior leaders in education.  X      
National collective representation on behalf of past senior leaders in education    X    
CPD training programmes, conferences and events at preferential rates.  X      
Individual legal support and representation for issues relating to the time when the member was a full member.    X  X  X
Advice on occupational pensions available online and by our telephone line.  X  X  X  X
On payment of an annual subscription, the benefits listed in rule 4.2 of NAHT’s rules and constitution in relation to any part-time teaching service undertaken in a school or college across the three to 19 age range.     X  X  

*excludes SBM

7.2. NAHT members have access to additional services and benefits from our partner organisations which are subject to partner terms and conditions and associated fees. NAHT accepts no liability in relation to third party partner services and benefits and which are subject to change as advertised on our website from time to time.

7.3. Partner benefits


Full members


Life members


Professional associate members


Affiliate members

NAHT Personal Financial Services
Provided by Skipton Financial Services 





Car insurance





Home and contents insurance





Travel insurance
Genesis Choice Limited 





Medical insurance
CS Healthcare private medical insurance 





Professional indemnity and public liability insurance
for independently contracted consultants
Graybrook Insurance Brokers 





Web design, hosting, content management and digital communications

On-line staff recruitment





Staff absence insurance
The Education Broker





Education Lawyers
Browne Jacobson





Classroom assessment tools
GL Assessments





School questionnaires and pupil/parent research tools
Kirkland Rowell





Rising Stars





NAHT Assure
Provided by Strictly Education





NAHT Aspire - school improvement programme
Developed by NAHT and provided by Edison Education





NAHT Instead
NAHT Instead is a unique self-assessment and peer review programme that puts schools on track for long-term success







7.4. Membership does not include public liability or professional indemnity insurance. NAHT is not indemnified to support any third party and our legal advice only applies to the relationship between employer and employee and not the buying and selling of services.

7.5. When you join NAHT, you will be given a username and password and be able to use these to access our exclusive member-only content and pages. Your password is yours alone – please keep it confidential and do not let anyone else use your account.

7.6. You are responsible for any activity on the NAHT website/app arising out of any failure to keep your password confidential and may be held liable for any losses, goods or services arising out of such a failure.

7.7. You must notify us immediately if you become aware of any unauthorised use of your membership. You must not use any other person's account to access the member’s area of the Website. Call 0300 3030333 (option 2) or email

7.8. NAHT reserves the right to disable any user-identification code or password, whether chosen by you or allocated by us, at any time, if in our reasonable opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these Terms and Conditions.

7.9. We may do the following at our sole discretion without notice or explanation:

  • suspend your account
  • cancel your account
  • edit your account details.

7.10. In the event that you choose to engage any third party in respect of partner services direct, you enter into a commercial agreement with the respective partner and the delivery of said service will be subject to the terms and conditions of that partner. NAHT shall not in any circumstances be liable or responsible for the failure by a partner to deliver their service and will not be liable or responsible for any loss or damages that may be incurred.

8. Complaints

8.1. We aim to resolve complaints as informally as possible. However, we realise that is not always possible. NAHT has a formal complaints procedure available here The complaints form should be completed and sent by email to or by post to Magnus Gorham, Director of Democracy and Governance, NAHT, 1 Heath Square, Boltro Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1BL.

8.2. Queries or comments on these Terms and Conditions should be sent to or by post to Christine Milburn, Director of Marketing and Communications NAHT, 1 Heath Square, Boltro Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1BL.

9. Law and jurisdiction

9.1. These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law, and any disputes relating to them shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.

10.  Our details

10.1.If you have any questions about our terms and condition, privacy policy or our treatment of your personal data, write to us by email to or by post to NAHT, 1 Heath Square, Boltro Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1BL. 

11. Disclaimer
Through arrangements NAHT has made with carefully selected third parties, referred to as 'NAHT partners', NAHT’s members are offered certain products and services from NAHT partners on preferential or otherwise beneficial terms. These products and services are not offered or provided by NAHT but rather by NAHT’s partners. Accordingly, NAHT members wishing to purchase selected products and services must do so direct from the relevant NAHT partner. In connection with the promotion of these selected products and services NAHT grants its partners the right to use the name NAHT and the NAHT partner logo. As part of its investigations and taking account of ongoing member feedback, NAHT is confident that the products and services offered by its partners in connection with the NAHT name and NAHT partner logo are worthy of serious consideration by school leaders interested in selecting such products and services. Notwithstanding this, each NAHT member acknowledges that in selecting such products and services they have not relied on any endorsement or association with NAHT in respect of the relevant product or service and shall have no remedies against NAHT and its employees in respect of such endorsement or association.

Last updated May 2016