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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 on Education Minister's statement on face coverings in schools

Commenting as Education Minister Michelle McIlveen confirms that when schools in Northern Ireland return after the Easter break pupils will no longer have to wear masks, Dr Graham Gault, director of school leaders’ union NAHT(NI), said:

"No-one wants to see our children or staff wearing masks in school for longer than is necessary, but we must remember that some schools are still dealing with very high levels of Covid and very high levels of pupil and staff absence.

"Schools will continue to work within the guidance to make sure that the actions they are taking are in line with public health advice, but it is also vital that the government continues to work closely with the profession to ensure that clear and consistent messages are being given.

"Likewise, the government has a duty to be clear with parents that the pandemic is still very much impacting upon the running of schools and will continue to affect children and young people as schools continue to experience high levels of transmission."

First published 25 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