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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

Belfast
BT3 9JQ

nahtni@naht.org.uk
02890 776633 

NAHT Cymru: reasonable expectations guidance

NAHT Cymru recognises that head teachers, as leaders in their communities, have a role to play in our combined fight against coronavirus. 

Our members have stepped up to the challenge of repurposing schools to become childcare hubs to support the children of key workers and vulnerable children; they have supported home learning and worked through the summer to prepare for the challenges the autumn term has brought. 

As Wales enters the second peak of the virus, more emphasis is being put on the preventative measures that can be deployed to stem the spread of the virus. 

While head teachers are being asked to support the Test, Trace and Protect process by helping to give information on contact groups and help inform parents, there needs to be clear parameters of what is expected of school leadership teams. 

These expectations must be reasonable and strike the right balance between supporting the national effort and ensuring that school leaders are not on call every evening, and throughout the weekend. 

The Welsh TTP team only operates between 8am and 8pm, and therefore we do not expect school staff to be on call to support the process outside of these hours. 

We encourage the Welsh Government and the Local Authority employers to work with us on developing a rota system that not only supports school SLTs but also the education staff at Local Authority level who are also expected to be available. 

We do not accept any directive informing school staff that they need to be available at all times or 24/7 or any other terminology that means they cannot switch off from school. 

NAHT Cymru’s position is that such an approach is unreasonable, unsustainable and unsafe for our members and schools. 

Furthermore, it could put the health and well-being of NAHT Cymru members at risk. NAHT Cymru will challenge any employer imposing unreasonable expectations.


Mae NAHT Cymru yn cydnabod bod gan benaethiaid, fel arweinwyr yn eu cymunedau, ran i'w chwarae yn ein brwydr barhaus yn erbyn coronafeirws.  

Mae ein haelodau wedi ymateb i'r her o addasu ysgolion i fod yn ganolfannau gofal plant i gynnig cymorth i blant gweithwyr allweddol a phlant bregus; maent wedi cynorthwyo dysgu gartref ac wedi gweithio trwy'r haf i baratoi ar gyfer yr heriau oedd o’u blaen yn nhymor yr hydref.  

Wrth i Gymru geisio ymdopi ag ail don y feirws, mae mwy o bwyslais yn cael ei roi ar y mesurau ataliol y gellir eu defnyddio i atal lledaeniad y feirws.  

Er y gofynnir i benaethiaid gefnogi'r broses Profi, Olrhain a Diogelu trwy helpu i roi gwybodaeth am grwpiau cyswllt a helpu i hysbysu rhieni, mae angen ffiniau clir o ran yr hyn a ddisgwylir gan dimau arweinyddiaeth ysgolion.   

Rhaid i'r disgwyliadau hyn fod yn rhesymol gan sicrhau'r cydbwysedd cywir rhwng cynorthwyo'r ymdrech genedlaethol a sicrhau nad yw arweinwyr ysgolion ar alwad bob nos, a thrwy gydol y penwythnos. 

Dim ond rhwng 8am ac 8pm y mae tîm POD Cymru yn gweithredu ac felly nid ydym yn disgwyl i staff ysgolion fod ar alwad i gynorthwyo'r broses y tu allan i'r oriau hyn.  

Rydym yn annog Llywodraeth Cymru a chyflogwyr yr Awdurdod Lleol i weithio gyda ni i ddatblygu system rota sydd nid yn unig o gymorth i Uwch Dimau Arweinyddiaeth mewn ysgolion, ond hefyd y staff addysg ar lefel Awdurdod Lleol y mae hefyd disgwyl iddynt fod ar gael.  

Nid ydym yn derbyn unrhyw gyfarwyddiadau sy'n hysbysu staff ysgolion bod angen iddynt fod ar gael trwy’r amser neu 24/7 nac unrhyw derminoleg arall sy'n golygu na allant gymryd seibiant o’u cyfrifoldebau yn yr ysgol.  

Safbwynt NAHT Cymru yw bod dull o'r fath yn afresymol, yn anghynaladwy ac nid yw’n ddiogel i'n haelodau a'u hysgolion.  

Yn ogystal, gallai beryglu iechyd a llesiant aelodau NAHT Cymru. Bydd NAHT Cymru yn herio unrhyw gyflogwr sy'n gosod disgwyliadau afresymol.

First published 02 October 2020

NAHT NI Annual conference

Annual Leadership Conference
14-15 May 2020 Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle
 ‘Empowering Positive Leadership’
 
Full programme to follow. Register now using the form below:

 

 Nursery and Foundation Stage Conferences
• Foundation Stage Conference:  Thursday, 19 November 2020
• Nursery School Conference:  Friday, 20 November 2020 
Venue: Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick

NAHT(NI) are delighted to have Anna Ephgrave to deliver two conferences, a day aimed at Foundation Stage practitioners and a day for Nursery practitioners.   Anna taught in the early years in English schools for 30 years and is now an independent consultant, trainer and author, supporting practitioners both in the United Kingdom and abroad. She has written four very successful books for David Fulton, Routledge: The Reception Year in Action, The Nursery Year in Action, Year One in Action and Planning in the Moment. Anna is passionate about children having autonomy and choice in child-initiated play. This ensures that each child can follow their interests and become deeply engaged which results in outstanding progress and meaningful learning.      This event can be used as a whole staff/team professional development opportunity and Principals may wish to use a Staff Development Day for this purpose. Further information will be issued soon, but in the meantime, please hold these dates in your diary!