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NAHT Northern Ireland represents principals and vice-principals in around two-thirds of 1,150 schools in Northern Ireland. NAHT Northern Ireland provide advice, training and support for its members on a range of issues faced by senior leaders in schools. Along with our colleagues in England and Wales, we are there to defend and extend the rights of school leaders.  

NAHT NI is democratic and member-led, and supported by its Belfast-based team of staff alongside their colleagues based in both Wales and England.

NAHT Northern Ireland
Carnmoney House
Edgewater Office Park


02890 776633 

NAHT NI members call for negotiations over pay to restart

School leaders’ union NAHT has today called for negotiations on pay to restart in earnest, following a vote to reject the offer from the Department of Education.

56% of NAHT members in Northern Ireland voted to turn down the offer in a secret ballot which closed at 5pm yesterday (15/02/22).

Graham Gault, Interim Director for NAHT NI, said, “Having endured cumulative real-terms pay decreases worth 17% over the last decade, school leaders have made their opinions on the Department’s recent pay offer clear through our democratic processes. A basic cost-of-living increase for teachers and school leaders was requested through the NITC , but DE’s offer has fallen well short in the minds of our membership.

“At a meeting with the employing authorities this afternoon, NAHT made it clear that we are seeking commitment from all parties to re-engage in negotiation, pursuant to a fair settlement for school leaders. We believe that genuine attempts to resolve this issue can result in an acceptable settlement and are determined to do all that we can, as a trade union, to exhaust all avenues open to us in order to avoid any escalation to a formal pay dispute."

Rob Kelsall, NAHT National Secretary, said: “Members have said in a clear, united voice that they want to see a fair settlement. The offer fell well below our original claim for investment into the profession and doesn’t address the immediate and unprecedented workload demands that has been placed on teachers as a result of the ongoing global pandemic.

“The future of Northern Ireland’s economy lies with the quality of our education system and the level of investment in those who lead schools and teach our children. Education is an investment, not only in our children’s life chances, but in all our futures.

“We hope to reopen negotiations so that we can secure additional investment from the Treasury to invest in Northern Ireland’s future.”

First published 16 February 2022

Recent consultations and other documents

NITC joint letter to management side

The five teacher unions in Northern Ireland, including NAHT(NI), wrote to the employers seeking additional payment to school leaders and teaching staff who worked significant additional hours during summer 2021 in order to ensure this work was recognised.


Consultation on deferring school starting age: NAHT(NI) draft response

We are concerned at the advancement of this proposal as the evidential basis for this consultation is highly limited. We contend that the current proposal should be retracted. The proposal fails to reflect the experience of pupils, school leaders, parents and the whole school community. Given the significance of this potential policy change, it is essential that the perspectives of all stakeholders are considered. We know that members are operating in a business-critical environment and will have limited or no time to engage with consultation exercises, however, we encourage members to consider responding to this important consultation and copy our response to complete your individual response.


Previous consultation responses and statements

First published 08 April 2020