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NAHT Cymru

NAHT Cymru is the definitive voice of school leaders in Wales. We keep the best interests of children at the heart of everything we do.

Along with our colleagues in England and Northern Ireland, we are here to defend and extend the rights of our members, as well as provide advice, protection and support specific to school leaders throughout Wales

NAHT Cymru yw llais diffyniadol arweinwyr ysgolion yng Nghymru. Mae buddiannau gorau plant yng nghraidd popeth a wnawn.

Ynghyd â'n cydweithwyr yn Lloegr a Gogledd Iwerddon, rydym yn bodoli i warchod ac ymestyn hawliau ein haelodau, yn ogystal â darparu cyngor, diogelwch a chymorth sy'n benodol i arweinwyr ysgolion ledled Cymru.

NAHT Cymru comment on teacher pay award

Laura Doel, director of school leaders' union NAHT Cymru, said: “The Welsh Government’s announcement on a 5% award to teachers and leaders pay is in reality, a pay cut and does nothing to address the decade of cuts to salaries which has seen school leaders salaries cut by 20% in real-terms. 

It will be seen as a slap in the face of dedicated education professionals who are exhausted and demoralised after another year of untold pressures and cuts to the vital services that support schools in their attempts to provide the very best conditions in which our children can thrive.  

The profession has worked tirelessly to support children and families in communities across Wales; it has overcome significant challenges as a result of the pandemic and continues to push ahead with the new curriculum and ALN legislation because they believe in putting the interest of their learners, our children and young people first.

Schools are at the forefront of this governments plan to eradicated poverty, building safer communities and support the development of Welsh language yet that has not been reflected in this offer. We know that the people we put in front of our children have the biggest impact in learner outcomes; strong leaders, skilled teachers and support staff make all the difference and that is why they must be supported.

At a time when we are all facing huge uncertainty as a result of the cost of living crisis, we must ensure that we recruit and retain the very best school workforce to equip this generation with whatever the future holds.

The erosion of teachers and leaders’ terms and conditions will cause untold damage to education, cripple schools’ ability to deliver and have a detrimental impact on learners. These concerns will be further compounded if Local Authorities do not step up and fund pay awards fully. The Welsh Government has confirmed there is no more money for Local Government to support this award.

The only lifeline thrown to the profession is that the government has not announced a two year deal and following the recommendations of the IWPRB of 5% which would have been a huge blow to leaders and teachers.

The government has made its decision and we will now go out to our membership in the new term to consult with them on the Government’s award and determine how to move forward."

First published 21 July 2022

Please give us your views  on the current consultations


Welsh Government

Independent review of school teachers pay and conditions in Wales

OPENED 18 January 2018 - CLOSES 1 March 2018

NAHT Cymru draft response of independent review

Support for doctoral study
OPENED 8 December 2017 - CLOSES 2 March 2018

The Education (Amendments Relating to Teacher Assessment Information) (Wales) Regulations 2018
OPENED 14 November 2017 – CLOSES 30 January 2018

Recent consultations

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