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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

Belfast
BT3 9JQ

nahtni@naht.org.uk
02890 776633 

NAHT NI comments on uncertainty over funding streams for schools for next financial year

Dr Graham Gault, director of NAHT NI, Northern Ireland’s school leader’s union, said: "Hundreds of teachers have been employed and many thousands of children have been positively impacted by the Engage programme, which has been in place in Northern Ireland since September 2020. We are now, however, less than a fortnight from the end of the financial year and there remains no confirmation about whether this funding stream is going to continue or not.

"The same is true for the millions of pounds of funding that has been in place to support SEND work in schools and, indeed, the £5M fund for the primary counselling pilot, which, whilst problematic, has supported the mental health of many hundreds of young children.

"Government must surely, by now, be aware that school leaders cannot plan or deliver learning, teaching and safeguarding in such a hap-hazard, last-minute way. There are employment issues attached to these funds, there are significant logistical arrangements that need to be put in place and, most importantly, there are children and young people whose support mechanisms are dependent on these monies.

"We, in NAHT, call on government officials, in no uncertain terms, move quickly!"

First published 18 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