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NAHT is the largest union for leaders in education.

Members hold leadership positions in:

  • early years and primary schools
  • independent schools
  • secondary schools
  • special schools and pupil referral units

What makes NAHT the right union for you? Maybe it's because we're also a professional association or that we focus our services just for leaders in education. Those are two reasons, but there are many others as well.

Who can join?

NAHT welcomes into full membership all education leaders from both academic and managerial grades within educational professions in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Scotland.

If you would like us to check your eligibility for membership or that you are paying the correct rate of subscription, please click here to submit your current work details.

Those eligible to join include:

Executive leaders, executive heads and chief executives

Head teachers and principals    

Deputy head teacher and vice principals  

Assistant head teachers   

Middle leaders  

School business leaders   

Children’s centre leader   

Life membership (for retired members) 

Associate member 


A full list of our membership grades and rates can be found here.


NAHT satisfies its members

98% of members reported they were satisfied with the NAHT - the highest satisfaction levels of any education union* and in our own survey 90% of our members would recommend you to join!

Your needs have been considered

Whether you are looking for advice or a third-party provider to provide services for your school, we are experienced and have, alongside our partners, developed different services suited to your needs.

Only NAHT focuses on representing leaders in both primary and secondary education

Our members work in many types of schools; maintained, SEND, academies and independents, and we work hard campaigning and negotiating on your behalf.

Get the best of both worlds

We are both a professional association and a trade union, meaning we can help you with your personal development and support you through difficulties when times are tough.

We're problem solvers

Need to review the school's appraisal policy or want to know about your entitlements on retirement? Our model policies and guidance documents can help you through the process, plus we’re always on the end of the phone if you have further questions.

We can help you on your journey

We offer a wide variety of professional conferences and training programmes to help you develop your knowledge, practical skills and thinking, whether you’re a new leader or already established in your role.

NAHT Extras

Our new member savings platform that will offer you a host of discounts across hundreds of retailers.
Find out more >

We keep you up to date with news, analysis and debate

All our members receive a weekly e-newsletter covering essential education news, plus our membership magazine with advice,  analysis and opinions on the current topics in education.

Save 20% on Chartered College membership

As a member of NAHT, you benefit from a saving of 20% on Chartered College membership. Find out more here.

Save 20% on CIEA membership

NAHT members will be eligible to join as Associate CIEA members at the discounted rate of £60 (20% discount). Further information >

NAHT membership comes with something special - support and representation from people who care

NAHT has a dedicated team who know everything there is to know about education and the daily issues faced by senior leaders in schools.

Members can call our advice team hotline for one-to-one advice and we have a team of specialists who work across England, Northern Ireland and Wales supporting individuals threated by disciplinary or redundancy issues. 

If NAHT sounds like the right union for you Join now and become part of our community.


To join NAHT you need to provide:

  • personal contact details
  • a personal email address
  • your bank details to set up a monthly direct debit
  • your employment details (we do not notify your employer that you have joined)

It will take approximately five minutes to register. You will be notified by email if your application has been successful, and when your membership commences we will send you your membership details.

Your membership will start with effect from the 1st of the current month. If you apply later in the month, your membership may begin from the 1st of the following month. This will be confirmed in your welcome email.

If you wish to join as an overseas member please contact us