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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 joins public sector strike in fight for fair pay

Today, members of the school leaders’ union, NAHT, are taking strike action for the third time in Northern Ireland, in a dispute that has lasted for more than a year.

School principals and vice principals are withdrawing their labour alongside tens of thousands of workers from across the entire public service in the greatest ever act of industrial protest of its kind in Northern Ireland.

NAHT Northern Ireland President, Jackie Bartley said: “Three years of total pay stagnation, following ten cumulative years of pay erosion, has brought our profession to the point of crisis.

"Teachers and school leaders have been wholly failed by those with responsibility. Given that the frontline education workforce has held education together despite the devastating swingeing cuts imposed upon schools in recent years, this is insult added to injury.

“That school leaders should even have to argue for fair pay is alarming. That they should have to take industrial action for fair pay, is shocking. That they should have to resort to strike action for fair pay, is disgraceful. That their obvious need for fair pay is used as leverage in a political strategy, is repugnant.”

Paul Whiteman, NAHT’s general secretary, said: “As general secretary I am proud to protest with our members in Northern Ireland today. The whole of the NAHT membership supports their endeavours.

"School leaders, and, indeed, the wider education workforce, have demonstrated the greatest patience and resilience in what they have absorbed in Northern Ireland in recent years.

“This workforce can no longer accept the status quo, and are making their voices heard on a national stage today.

“The funding, which is now clearly available, must be released immediately, and it must be followed by a very swift movement from the Department of Education and employing authorities towards a meaningful negotiation that brings fairness and equity to our members. Nothing less will be accepted.”

First published 18 January 2024

NAHT Northern Ireland Events 2023

NAHT(NI) AGM and industrial action meeting

Our 2023 AGM and industrial action meeting takes place on Thursday 5 October 2023 – find out more





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