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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) proposals for the awarding of GCSE and A Level Grades 2021

In light of the concerns expressed by NAHT(NI) in response to the minister for education’s announcement with regard to GCSEs and A levels, the NAHT(NI) Post Primary Committee has put together a proposal document. We are seeking a formal meeting with the minister to discuss this document.

We remain highly concerned that the minister has prioritised the examinations system over the needs and well-being of our students. We would like to reassure members that we are doing all we can to urge the minister to deliver a fair system that addresses the needs of all pupils.  Given the current climate, it is vital that mitigations and contingency plans are provided and schools, pupils and parents are reassured that the exam fiasco of 2020 will not be repeated. This proposal document aims to provide a clear and adaptable plan which would enable this, no matter what the coming months bring.

We would very much welcome any feedback on our proposals prior to our meeting.  Please forward any comments or concerns you wish to raise to nahtni@naht.org.uk.

First published 21 October 2020

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