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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 on support for schools and priorities for education in Northern Ireland

Speaking at the Westminster Policy Forum for Northern Ireland this morning, on next steps for the education system in NI and priorities for the Independent Review of Education, Dr Graham Gault, Director of NAHT(NI), said:

“How we, as a system, support our schools and the workers who deliver learning, teaching and safeguarding is essential to the delivery of our ambitions for the future of education.

“Our schools are much more than assessment institutions, than factories of facts and information, than feeders of industry and economy; our schools are, and must be embraced as, places of love and care for our young.”

To that end, Dr Gault outlined four priorities: basic funding streams for schools; effective systems of governance that provide appropriate challenge, accountability and support; credible leadership pathways, training and development; and an operational system that provides quick, accurate, credible and consistent support.

First published 22 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