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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 

NAHT NI comments as General Teaching Council suspended

Commenting on the announcement of the immediate suspension of the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI), Dr Graham Gault, president of NAHT Northern Ireland, said:

"NAHT(NI) have been concerned about the ineffectiveness of the GTCNI for some time.

"In October, our President addressed the NAHT National Conference in London on this issue and our senior staff met with the Permanent Secretary, calling for urgent reform of the organisation.

"The Minister's announcement to immediately 'stand down' the current council and take responsibility for providing direction and oversight to the GTCNI's Executive staff team, ahead of future legislation to dissolve the GTCNI is welcome.

"As the school leaders' union, NAHT wants an organisation that is resourced and equipped to effectively deliver registration and regulation of the teaching profession, and we are looking forward to the opportunity to work alongside the Department and other stakeholder bodies in designing a professional body that will be fit to deliver these statutory duties for the sake of our children and young people and the profession that we hold so dear."

First published 13 December 2021

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