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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 

Working time/directed time – FAQs

NAHT has produced two advice guides for members around working time and directed time.

The first is a set of questions and answers that explain when teachers and school leaders are expected to work, including directed time, working time and requests to work during the weekend and school holidays.

The second answers questions around directed time and working with other unions. Sir Kevan Collins, the government-appointed education recovery tsar,  recently stated that the post-pandemic catch-up should be focused on quality and not quantity, and that he would not advocate raising teaching time without increasing pay. Nevertheless, media chatter about longer school days and summer schools has certainly been of great concern to most people working in schools, and the unions representing them.

As such, it isn’t surprising that there is renewed interest in directed time and the approach that should be taken to this. This guidance is intended to help you to determine how to navigate your way through this issue, should the need arise.

First published 04 May 2021

NAHT NI Annual conference

Annual Leadership Conference
14-15 May 2020 Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle
 ‘Empowering Positive Leadership’
Full programme to follow. Register now using the form below:


 Nursery and Foundation Stage Conferences
• Foundation Stage Conference:  Thursday, 19 November 2020
• Nursery School Conference:  Friday, 20 November 2020 
Venue: Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick

NAHT(NI) are delighted to have Anna Ephgrave to deliver two conferences, a day aimed at Foundation Stage practitioners and a day for Nursery practitioners.   Anna taught in the early years in English schools for 30 years and is now an independent consultant, trainer and author, supporting practitioners both in the United Kingdom and abroad. She has written four very successful books for David Fulton, Routledge: The Reception Year in Action, The Nursery Year in Action, Year One in Action and Planning in the Moment. Anna is passionate about children having autonomy and choice in child-initiated play. This ensures that each child can follow their interests and become deeply engaged which results in outstanding progress and meaningful learning.      This event can be used as a whole staff/team professional development opportunity and Principals may wish to use a Staff Development Day for this purpose. Further information will be issued soon, but in the meantime, please hold these dates in your diary!