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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 

Health and safety FAQs

Health and safety is an area that can cause our members a great deal of concern, especially when defining whether responsibility for an accident lies with the head teacher or employer. 

We set out the frequently asked questions school leaders get in contact with us about on this tough topic. Many of the questions don’t have clear ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers, but instead, they refer to the need for a head teacher to decide based on their professional judgment. In these instances, we look at whether the decision you should take is reasonable, balanced, and proportionate. 

The advice is based on health and safety regulations. However, when making any health and safety decisions, it’s important that you also have regard to any policy or procedure that the employer may have in place.

If you’re looking for a simple and cost-effective way of managing your school’s health and safety planning, practice, and guidance, NAHT Assured provides you with Schools Assist, delivered by our partners at Strictly Education. Find out more here

First published 02 October 2018

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