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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

Belfast
BT3 9JQ

nahtni@naht.org.uk
02890 776633 

NAHT(NI) calls upon the Education Minister to act urgently to mitigate the damage in respect of A-level/AS level students

NAHT(NI) welcome the Education Minister’s announcement that GCSE result will be based solely on the estimates provided by schools and colleges, although this announcement comes late in the day and inevitably raises about the planning and viability of this process from the outset.

NAHT(NI)’s President and Head of  Loughshore Education Resource Centre, Geri Cameron said

“NAHT(NI) remain deeply concerned by the process which A-levels and AS-levels were awarded, we reject the Minister’s remarks at last week’s education committee that the Centre Assessed Guidance’ lacks credibility’. Such comments are an insult to the profession.

We know there is no perfect method of awarding grades, however it is vital that the young people of Northern Ireland suffer no detriment as a result of the pandemic. Therefore we are calling for A-level and AS- level candidates to be awarded whichever grade is higher between the centre assessed grade or the CCEA grade.  In an evidence session with the education committee tomorrow and we will be calling for the Minister to be held to account.

Appeals to CCEA are already in their hundreds, by the time these are processed university places may be lost, it is vital the Minister acts immediately.

Furthermore there must be full transparency in respect of the algorithm used and a review of this process , at this time of great anxiety teachers and young people deserve answers.

Our young people have been through enough this year, professional teacher judgement must be trusted and our young people must be treated fairly.” 

Press and Media contacts:

Steven George
NAHT Head of Press and Media
01444 472886
07970 907730

Rose Tremlett 
Senior Press Officer 
07545 354363

Email : press.office@naht.org.uk

First published 17 August 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