We are currently seeking co-optee applications for our Early Years Sector Council, International Committee, and SEND Sector Council. Please follow the hyperlinks for more information on the remit and focus of each council or committee. Application forms can be found at the bottom of this page.
Being a co-optee helps amplify your voice within the union. It offers you the opportunity to engage with NAHT's mission to represent our members at a national level and influence government policy. Furthermore, co-optees often find this role provides valuable professional development in its own right, as well as offering useful insights and knowledge that they can take back to their school(s), their local networks and/or their wider working lives.
About NAHT's sector councils
NAHT’s eight sector councils each specialise in a particular sector or role, and provide a forum for our members to have their say about how we support them and what actions we take on their behalf. Meeting at least three times a year, the councils help to steer and develop NAHT’s policy and campaigning priorities and ensure that our advice and guidance reflects the needs of our members. They also support the work of our membership team in recruiting new members and assist with the development of our training courses and conferences.
The role of ‘co-optees’
Co-optees provide councils and committees with specific knowledge, expertise, experience and/or skills relating to the remit of the council or committee and seek to articulate the views and experiences of the wider sector, role and/or area that they have been selected to represent.
Co-optees are invited to join a council or committee for an initial term of three years, with the opportunity to reapply for the position at the end of this term.
The majority of co-opted members sit on councils that typically meet three times a year, meaning that typically co-optees are out of school and/or work for a maximum of three days a year. The exact dates and locations will be communicated to you in advance through the council’s administrating officer.
Co-optees to all NAHT councils, committees and groups are encouraged to be proactive and visible representatives of the sector and/or role they represent, not just in the meetings themselves but throughout their tenure. This might include engaging in other opportunities to represent NAHT and the council, such as in meetings with representatives from respective government departments to discuss specific policy, or in supporting NAHT conferences or events, and in attending NAHT regional and national events, however these are completely voluntary.
In addition, co-optees may have the opportunity to engage in promoting the work of the council or committee through NAHT’s member communications, help to develop NAHT’s responses to governmental policies and consultations, and support NAHT’s press and media activity.
You can access full details of the role, expectations and work of the councils and committees in the co-optee agreement (members will need to be logged in to access this document).