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HR services for schools and academies

Browne Jacobson provides a range of HR Services for schools and academies tailored specifically to the needs of your school.

Your people are your most valuable asset and are essential in delivering the highest quality education for your students. It is vital that you have a motivated and effective workforce and any HR processes and issues are managed and dealt with quickly and efficiently. Dealing with such issues requires expert knowledge and can be time-consuming draining you own and your senior team’s time, energy and resources.

Our HR services team offers you the perfect solution. You can have access to dedicated HR experts and employment lawyers with proven experience of advising on the day to day and strategic challenges faced by schools and academies. Our service is tailored to your school’s HR needs with high quality advice at a fixed fee, as well as offering a range of other optional services at exclusive rates from our partners including payroll, occupational health, DBS checks and staff absence insurance.

Our team includes professionals whose careers have centred on providing HR services to the education sector. This includes operating as part of school and academy/trusts senior leadership teams, as well as working within local authorities as human resources professionals providing consultancy services to a number of schools and academies. This hands-on experience gives us a sound insight and understanding of your needs, the policies you work with and the ever changing landscape of employing staff in schools.

How it works…

HR Core

For an annual fixed fee, HR services will provide you with:

  • an initial familiarisation visit so that we get to know you and the specific issues in your school allowing us to support you from day one and making for a smooth transition from your existing provider
  • unlimited access to telephone or email support and advice from a named HR Consultant and employment solicitor in relation to absolutely any day to day HR and employment law issues whether they be:
    • disciplinary and grievances
    • performance management and capability
    • sickness absence
    • trade unions relations including support with negotiating and drafting settlement agreements
    • terms & conditions advice including maternity, paternity and redundancy.
  • one (primary) or two (secondary) half day onsite visits each academic year tailored to your needs – typically used for meetings or training but no need to worry if you need more as you can buy these on a pay as you go basis
  • attendance at all hearings and resulting appeals where dismissal is a possibility… (we advise the panel giving peace of mind and confidence as well as drafting outcome letters)
  • access to a comprehensive range of school specific HR policies, letters and procedure guides
  • straightforward regular email bulletins ‘HR Essentials’ keep you updated on any changes to employment legislation and best practice, including how this impacts on you
  • access to an exclusive discounts from our partners who offers DBS checks.

HR Consultancy

HR Consultancy is a pay as you go service for one off projects or developments that you may require assistance with. If you need support on more complex matters or if you want additional onsite assistance, this can be provided on a consultancy basis. This may include:

  • complex absence, capability, grievance or disciplinary issues (from investigations to advice for panels at hearings)
  • support with restructures, TUPE transfers and changing terms and conditions, from advice on process to hands-on support in developing structures and implementing the change
  • training sessions for senior leadership/middle managers/governing bodies on any HR/people management related issue, including safer recruitment
  • policy reviews / drafting or alternatively you can purchase our model policies if you do not have our core service
  • representation in tribunal claims such as unfair dismissals, discrimination and equal pay. Our solicitors are happy to support you with tribunal claims.

You do not need to buy other services from us to purchase HR Consultancy and can purchase blocks of four hours at any time.

HR Expert

This service is specifically for schools/academies/trusts who already have an accredited HR professional in-house. HR Expert provides a sounding board and additional capacity when you need it. Your HR professional may require advice on the more complex issues which arise or may need a second pair of eyes to look over a plan or proposal that they have drafted.

HR Expert includes a capped amount of support from a named HR consultant and employment solicitor and schools typically take 20 hours.

Our regular HR essentials email bulletins are also included in this package ensuring that your in-house professional is kept updated on changes to legislation or hot topics in education HR.

Those schools with HR Expert can also access exclusive rates with our partners.


HR Core

Standalone school or single academy trust

Annual costs are based on staff numbers (head count excluding casual or contract staff). You pay the lesser of either:

  • £3,000 + £35 per employee + VAT or
  • £80 per employee + VAT (a minimum charge of £2,500 applies).

Multi academy trust

£4,000 + £35 per employee + VAT

HR Consultancy

Minimum purchase of one four hour block. £130 per hour totalling £520 for four hours. Hourly rates depend on level of experience: HR Consultant (£130/hour), Senior HR Consultant (£150/hour) and Head of HR Services (£175/hour)

HR Expert

£3,100 based on up to 20 hours support, regular email bulletins and access to exclusive partner rates. Half day attendance (four hours) charged at £520.

Whatever services we supply, you can guarantee that our fees will be transparent; with the exception of HR Options packages (where we reserve the right to charge £120+VAT/hour) there will be no charge for travel to and from your premises and no hidden extras.

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