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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 

Social media and mobile phones in schools: an essential guide

This resource offers steps you can take to manage social media in school effectively, including setting up an online safety policy. 

A practical approach and framework for online safety can empower a school to educate and protect its community in its use of technology. It is always best to start with a policy that’s part of a school’s portfolio of safeguarding policies overseen by the school’s designated safeguarding lead and senior leadership team.

The purpose of such a policy is to safeguard and promote the welfare of all members of the school’s community when using mobile devices or social media. In particular, it is to protect all learners and staff from potential harm, both on and off-site.

Our guidance also includes practical steps on how to deal with malicious online activity.

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