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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 Northern Ireland responds to pay offer

Responding to the pay offer made to school leaders and teachers in Northern Ireland, Jackie Bartley, President of NAHT Northern Ireland, said: "The offer from the employing authorities is a welcome step in our campaign for fair pay and working conditions for the teaching profession in Northern Ireland.

"For three years, teachers and school leaders have endured total pay stagnation, while colleagues in every other jurisdiction on these islands have been awarded successive increases. This has been on top of over a decade of real-terms reductions in pay.

"The pay context for the teaching profession has severely damaged the workforce, negatively impacted upon recruitment and retention, and has represented an injustice that could not be endured by the membership of NAHT, the school leaders' union.

"School leaders took decisive action, alongside colleagues from sister unions, to force government, the Department and the employers to the negotiating table."

Dr Graham Gault, NAHT's national secretary in Northern Ireland, said: "The formal offer is the employing authorities' response to a hard-fought industrial campaign. As a member-led trade union, we will now consult fully with our members in the coming days, to determine our democratic position.

"Whatever NAHT's membership chooses to do, this represents only a step on our wider campaign for proper restoration of pay and delivery of significant improvements around workload and well-being for those leading our schools across Northern Ireland."

School leaders and teachers in Northern Ireland have not received any increase in pay for over three years. For leaders, the offer represents an 11.2%-12.8% award, with some  backdating of pay if they accept the deal plus a £1,000 consolidated payment. The deal also removes the first pay increment for teachers, allowing their starting salary to rise to £30,000, representing a 24.3% offer.

NAHT Northern Ireland will be e-balloting members on the offer from tomorrow evening, Wednesday 13 March, with the e-ballot running until March 20 2024.


First published 12 March 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