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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 

How to build effective home-school partnerships

Many schools are keen to develop effective partnerships with parents. 

Parentkind is the leading organisation working to support parents and schools to develop effective partnerships, offering training and guidance. 

NAHT has worked with Parentkind, as well as ASCL, to develop a good practice guide for schools who want to get this right - with tips for parent groups as well as tips for schools. 

The full six-page guide is available below. 

Schools can use this guide with their Parent Teacher Association or Parents' Forum to consider what more they can do. 

This advice document includes the following: 

  • A section on the role of parents in their children’s education and how children can do better on a range of measures as a result 

Ofsted evaluates schools on parent engagement under leadership and management, and it has found the most effective schools work in partnership with parents.

  • Barriers to developing an effective home-school partnership

  See what parents say and what teachers say

You can build positive parental participation in the following ways:

  1. Taking a whole-school approach, including strong leadership/commitment of the head and governing body
  2. Implementing effective and regular two-way communication
  3. Providing support for home-school learning
  4. Encouraging parental participation in school life.
  • How to build an effective home-school partnership

  It includes suggestions for schools and, in equal measure, parents.

First published 26 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