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HR Pathways Continuous Professional Development Programme

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Our HR Pathways continuous professional development (CPD) programmes have been designed to equip professionals operating within an educational setting with the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to proactively manage employees in accordance with HR best practice and employment legislation.

The CPD programme comprises two HR Pathways, one for newly appointed or aspiring managers without any formal HR or employee-related experience or training; and a second, strategic programme for senior leaders and those with significant people-management experience and/or qualifications.

Both pathways will:

  • empower delegates to proactively manage people
  • help leaders build a strong leadership and people-management culture
  • save you money on legal and HR spend in the longer term

The first HR Pathways development programmes will commence in October 2021. To guarantee a high-quality learning experience and maximum engagement with programme leads and peers, delegate places are limited to approximately 30 per cohort.

HR Pathways

HR Pathway One is designed for newly appointed head teachers, school leaders and managers or those aspiring to move into a leadership role within a maintained school, an independent school or an academy trust. Pathway One is also suitable for school business or operations managers without a formal human resource or employee-relations background who advise senior leaders on staff-related matters.

Delivered via Zoom, this interactive five-month programme will cover:

  • Getting people-management right
  • High-quality recruitment and onboarding
  • Leading safeguarding
  • Driving performance-management
  • Effective and proactive absence management
  • Hearings and investigations
  • Strategic people-management
  • HR management

Pathway One of our HR CPD Programme is led by Senior HR Consultant Gill Martindale. Gill specialises in providing strategic and commercial HR advice to schools and academy trusts. Throughout the programme Gill will engage the expertise of other education experts to cover all of the fundamentals of HR and employee relations, including safeguarding lead Dai Durbridge and employment Partner Ian Deakin.

To ensure a personalised learning experience, the course is delivered via eight two-hour learning sessions and four one-hour Q&A sessions, so that delegates have ample time to have their questions answered and discuss related scenarios with their peers.

Click here for an example of the course programme.

Click here to register for the HR Pathway One CPD programme.

HR Pathway Two is designed for those with strategic leadership responsibilities in a single- or multi-academy trust; for example, CEOs and COOs, HR or people directors or managers, executive directors, executive principals and experienced principals or school business managers with a degree of HR or employee-related training or experience.

To express your interest in HR Pathway Two and to receive further information about the programme as soon as it is launched please contact us.


The five-month, HR Pathway One programme costs:

  • £650 plus VAT per delegate per school or trust, or
  • £1,195 plus VAT for two delegates from the same school or trust attending the same programme.

Please contact Gill Martindale directly to discuss packages for three or more delegates.

For more information please contact Gill Martindale. Alternatively, click here to register for the 2021/22 HR Pathway One programme.

Application form: HR Pathway One CPD programme