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 four times a year, the councils help to steer and develop NAHT’s policy and campaigning priorities and ensure that our advice and guidance reflect 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.
Being a co-optee helps amplify your voice within the association. 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.
The role of ‘co-optees’
Co-optees are NAHT members who provide the council with specific knowledge, expertise, experience and/or skills relating to the remit of the council 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 the council 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 four times a year, meaning that usually co-optees are out of school and/or work for a maximum of four 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 through NAHT’s member communications, help to develop NAHT’s responses to governmental policies and consultations, and support NAHT’s press and media activity.
If you are keen to represent the views and interests of your specific sector or role on one of our councils that currently has a vacancy, we would like to hear from you. We encourage applications from a diverse range of members as part of NAHT’s commitment to representing the diverse school workforce. Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org should you require any adjustments to the recruitment process, or if you have any questions relating to the accessibility of the role.
Representatives must be able to commit to four meetings a year and NAHT will cover reasonable travel expenses to attend meetings. During the covid-19 pandemic, sector councils have been meeting virtually. NAHT is keeping this situation under review.