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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 comments as holiday free school meals payment scheme at risk

Commenting as the Department of Education (DE) say a scheme to pay for free school meals during all school holidays until 2025 cannot be guaranteed due to the lack of an executive, Dr. Graham Gault, director of school leaders’ union NAHT NI, said:

"School leaders are acutely aware that school holidays can bring additional and unmanageable expense for many hard-pressed and vulnerable families. We know that many children are at risk of going hungry during holiday times and many parents do without to try to protect their children from the harshest effects of poverty.

"School leaders are rightly appalled that some of our children are at risk of going without food and, on their behalf, NAHT calls on our politicians to urgently take steps to re-establish the Executive to directly prevent the collapse of the free school meals payment scheme after Easter.

"NAHT is, frankly, tired of the shameful politicking of our institutions at the expense of our most vulnerable members of society. If our politicians cannot resolve this issue with urgency, we will seek an immediate intervention from the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis."

First published 17 March 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