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HR Dept Academic

HR Support schools

We provide local and personal HR and employment law support to all educational establishments on an outsourced basis. Whether you are an independent school or free school, local authority maintained, an academy or part of a multi-academy trust, The HR Dept Academic can help with your HR needs.

The HR Dept Academic provides you with all the HR advice and documents you need to run your school on a day-to-day basis. As well as this, we offer support when required with ad-hoc projects, disciplinaries and grievances, training, investigations and strategic HR consultancy for restructures and TUPE. Our offering can also extend to include specialist health and safety advice.

We have built up an excellent reputation for finding practical, pragmatic and timely solutions to even the most complex situations. And with our HR Advice Line service, our customers have added peace of mind, knowing that our advice is backed by legal expenses insurance.

With The HR Dept Academic, you can choose one or all of the services we offer. And with our straightforward pricing structures, you only pay for the help you need.

We have been using The HR Dept for just over a year and they have served our needs extremely well. Both through the retained support and for bespoke situations, they have provided clear and precise advice, in a timely fashion. An excellent service. The HR Dept have been a most helpful and professional support to our organisation. They are always available, offering advice on a range of different issues.
Angus Harper, Bursar, Homefield Independent Prep School for Boys Debbie Morrison, Head Teacher Seaton House School


A tailored approach

No two schools are exactly the same. We recognise that ‘off the shelf’ solutions are not appropriate.
Therefore, we tailor our support to suit the needs of each school or group of schools.

A straightforward approach

We pride ourselves on offering simple and straightforward pricing structures that complement the way we work with the education sector. There are no hidden fees such as travelling time or mileage charges, and no long contractual commitments.

Importantly, all our services work together which results in a seamless solution for you.

A local and personal approach with national coverage

As a national organisation we have over 60 offices located across the UK. So our HR Dept local to you will be able to build relationships with the key individuals in your team and get a true understanding of your ethos, values, challenges and objectives.

We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and ability to respond quickly to your people problems.
If the schools in your trust are spread geographically, we can support any onsite HR work throughout our network of HR professionals.

Advice Line

Our Advice Line service is designed to provide you with sound HR advice as and when you need it. With our HR advice being backed by legal expenses insurance, you can be sure that if you act on the advice you are given, you will also be covered in the unlikely event of an employment tribunal claim. This cover also extends to crisis communication (PR) insurance to help protect your reputation.

Ensuring that policies and procedures are regularly reviewed and kept up-to-date is daunting and time consuming. But we will take care of that as and when legislation changes as part of our Advice Line service

Pay as You Go – Operational and HR project work

We offer ‘Pay as You Go’ HR services. This guides you through operational HR matters such as sickness absence issues, conducting disciplinary or grievance processes on your behalf or supporting you with any HR project work. We can also offer this service to support any in-house HR resource that you may already have in place.

Strategic HR consultancy services

Our strategic HR consultancy service can work with your board of directors, governors, local governing bodies, trustees and members of your school leadership team. We can advise and support
you through TUPE and HR due diligence processes, restructures or redundancy programmes and help in developing an HR/people strategy for your school or trust.


We can also offer our HR Academic customers a range of bespoke training courses that include employment law updates and management development programmes.

Health and safety

Our bespoke health and safety offering provided by our sister company, The Health & Safety Dept, offers a full Health and Safety service that covers the unique risk spectrum that applies to schools and academies. These aim to minimise risk and provide safe environments for pupils and staff.

Our H&S service helps you manage your OGREs:Students in a high school classroom are learning about STEM through a workshop using a gas blow torch.

• Ofsted
• Governing Body requirements
• Relative and family relations
• Any other External Influence stakeholders

So whether it is safeguarding training for staff, risk assessments for sports matches and school trips, administering medication for children or fire safety training – The Health & Safety Dept have this covered. We will be by your side every step of the way.

How can we help?

Whether you are a school business manager, principal, head teacher, executive head, CEO, governor or director, HR and employment law support is crucial for any decision maker within the organisation.

Whatever HR query you have, The HR Dept Academic is here to help.

• Contracts and handbooks
• Capability and performance management
• Disciplinary and grievance
• Specialist recruitment and DBS checks
• Managing absence
• Occupational health
• Maternity, paternity and adoption
• Employee benefits
• TUPE – including conversion to academies
• Redundancy and restructure
• Training and development
• Mediation
• Health and safety

You can trust The HR Dept Academic to operate as your expert HR partner. We will minimise the stress of handling all those people problems. If you would like to find out more, please do not hesitate to get in touch.