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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


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Majority of NAHT Northern Ireland members vote to accept pay offer

Over the last week, the membership of NAHT, the school leaders’ union, has been consulting on the pay offer received by the teaching profession from the employing authorities in Northern Ireland.

Jackie Bartley, the NAHT NI president said: “This vote begins to close a difficult period - we have undertaken a full member consultation to ensure that our next step would be decided democratically across the Northern Ireland membership.

“The consultation closed today, at 5pm, with the majority of members voting in favour of accepting the offer.

“On this basis, we will engage with the employing authorities to formally submit our decision to accept the offer."

Dr Graham Gault, NAHT's Northern Ireland national secretary said: "Our members have decided to accept this offer, to ensure that the starting wage for teachers is more favourable to recruitment and that the overall pay structures are more favourable to retention across every point in the scale. This marks a welcome step towards proper pay restoration. However, many issues remain outstanding for school leaders, particularly around the issue of workload.

“While we are pleased that our democratic processes have given us the mandate to close this dispute, we recognise that there is much to be done to deliver working conditions for school leaders to ensure that it is a safe and sustainable role going forward.”

The offer will see the starting salary for teachers in the region rise to £30,000, equating to a 24.3% increase and making it equal to England. A cumulative total of 10.4% plus £1,000 will be applied to the other teachers’ and leadership pay scales.

First published 21 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