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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
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Part-time working in schools

Your school is likely to be made up of staff on a variety of contractual arrangements: some full-time, some part-time, term-time and so on. Each group of staff is also likely to be protected by a relevant piece of legislation and best practice.

Our latest advice will guide you through the statutory and practice frameworks for part-time members of staff, look at how you can maximise your school's resources and explain how to protect yourself against any challenge if an employee raises objections to their treatment.

 This advice document includes the following: 

  • An overview of part-time working
  • Are there any circumstances where I can treat part-time employees differently?
  • If a part-time employee gets treated less favourably, what can they do? 
  • Do employees have 'the right' to work part-time?
  • How should we deal with job applicants who want to work on a part-time basis when we have clearly advertised the vacancy on a full-time basis? 

This article is available to NAHT members only.

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First published 21 August 2020