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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 responds to Department of Health Advice on Respiratory Sickness

Liam McGuckin, President of school leaders' union NAHT(NI), said: "Following media coverage on Tuesday morning, our members need the Department of Health in Northern Ireland to immediately confirm whether or not workers with symptoms of a respiratory virus, such as sore throat, runny nose or headache must stay off work.

"Knowing that children, young people and adults work closely with each other for long periods of time, with limited ventilation and no realistic opportunities for maintaining physical distance, a zealous interpretation of this advice would have obvious and serious ramifications for the functioning of our schools.

"We must remember that many of our schools continue to face extreme pressures in maintaining safe levels of staffing and so, in order to help us keep our schools functioning, we ask the Department of Health need to clarify this advice very quickly."

First published 05 April 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