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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 

Reducing the school week

Since September 2011, governing bodies of all maintained schools have been free to structure their school days, subject to satisfying a few conditions. 

In the current climate, school leaders are seriously considering creative ways to maximise their school's funding while, at the same time, keeping the school safe and ensuring that pupils receive their full entitlement within the prescribed directed time for staff.

Recent media attention has highlighted a growing interest among school leaders to consider reducing the school week as a means of keeping the school safe and, at the same time, saving money.

This paper simply sets out the considerations that headteachers, school leaders, and governing bodies must and should consider if the prospect of reducing the school week to keep it safe and save money trumps the reasons for continuing to operate a more conventional school week model for staff, pupils and parents at their school and in their communities. 

First published 23 August 2020