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Management of international affairs (MIA)

The management of international affairs (MIA) committee was established in 2012 to ensure that NAHT was represented and involved in International matters. NAHT firmly believes in internationalism. The policy discussions that have taken place have been lengthy and deep as to how this belief could be practical for the association.

The executive took steps to emphasise that this involvement should be for the benefit of all our membership. As a large majority of our schools are involved in links with schools in other countries, it was felt that there was a large amount of interest in and commitment from members for international links and understanding. As a multi cultural community with multi cultural schools and multi-cultural pupils, we needed to affirm our stance on international involvement.

The association, therefore, established a steering committee to direct the work of NAHT in international relationships following a comprehensive review period which concluded that it was considered essential to ensure that the association is properly represented to our international colleagues. Following lengthy discussion it was agreed that as we are in Europe our concentration should centre on those countries, but as our work in schools encompasses the Americas, Africa and Australasia we also need to be involved and represented in those fields.

In January 2013, the MIA committee discussed the extent of the association’s engagement with wider, global, school leadership through maintaining full subscription to the European School Heads Association (ESHA). The National Executive formally endorsed the development and establishment of a formal memorandum of understanding (MOU) between ESHA and the International Confederation of Principals (ICP) to progress international school leadership connectivity.

Aims and objectives

  • To co-ordinate the international work of NAHT through ESHA

  • To decide on representation at overseas conferences, such as the ICP conference (bursary awards for the ICP 2015 conference in Helsinki have been granted following the invitation to apply in Autumn 2014)

  • To establish and maintain Memoranda of Understanding with international trade unions and professional associations

  • To award bursaries for attendance at international conferences

  • To establish and maintain links with organisations that can help schools develop a wider understanding of the international dimension e.g. British Council

  • To raise the profile of international developments in education

  • To identify and celebrate the benefits of working internationally

  • To share international research and developments and opportunities for members tobecome involved in international projects and to provide advice and guidance that can help schools and members develop a wider understanding of the international dimension

  • To champion issues of race and cultural diversity