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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 

Northern Ireland school leaders' union comments on the resignation of the NI Secretary of State

Dr Graham Gault, interim director of school leaders' union, NAHT(NI), said "the resignation of Brandon Lewis presents yet another complexity to the educational landscape in Northern Ireland. Without a devolved government in Belfast or a Secretary of State to Northern Ireland in Westminster, it is unclear who we can even appeal to in relation to the extensive industrial challenges that are intensifying.

"On behalf of school leaders, therefore, I appeal to those politicians who are hindering the formation of the Northern Ireland institutions to search for ways to set aside strategic positions in order to reestablish governance here to allow us to make some progress. 

"The industrial temperature across all public services is at a critical state. You must be under no misapprehension that NAHT(NI) is one of many trade unions that will be taking decisive steps to protect our members on the other side of the summer."

First published 07 July 2022

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