HR in schools was traditionally the preserve of the local authority – they dealt with all employment-related issues for schools. However, responsibility for managing HR-related issues lies with academies.
They have the freedom to set their own pay and conditions for staff, which includes maternity, paternity and redundancy rights, dealing with TUPE, pension arrangements, disciplinary and grievances, sickness absences, trade union relations, performance management buy-in private services and more.
Consequently, academies have to either develop an HR function or to buy-in HR services from third parties which could include the local authority. Many academies have tended to outsource their HR as there is neither the expertise nor the staff in-house to manage such a complex area.
But how do you know what is a good HR service? How do you know the firm employed truly understand the context and traditions long embedded within education and particularly regarding the employment of teachers? Do they or can they develop good and meaningful relationships with the Unions? Does the local authority still offer HR services? If converting, are you able to manage the TUPE process? Will you require a restructure or have to have tribunals? Are all your HR policies both up-to-date and relevant? Have you considered what your performance management system and recruitment practices?
HR in academies is complicated, and requires a specialist level of knowledge and expertise. Ensuring that you and your academy have chosen the right provider or team with the correct skill set does not have to be an uphill task. Through articles, videos, tools, and guidance the Hub will provide you with the knowledge and information you need to effectively manage your HR. The Hub will inform you of the latest approaches and thinking about HR for academies, including legal considerations, policy changes, pensions, trade union relations and more. Our online forum connects academies providing a free and open space to discuss challenges, explore new approaches with experts, share best practice and learn from each other.
Action to address the top 3 teacher workload issues / Department for Education
A third of teachers intend to quit in the next five years / TES
DfE starts overseas recruitment drive to combat staffing crisis / TES
The good, the bad and the teacher recruitment stats / Schools Week
Helping BME teachers into leadership roles / Education Magazine
The HR implications of academy schools / Personnel Today
Migrant salary for the education sector / Teaching Times
Mind the gap in teacher CPD / Teacher Development Trust
Morgan calls for people at the end of their careers to consider teaching / Education Business
Nicky Morgan speaks about the inspirational impact of Teach First / Department for Education
Nobody is forcing any teacher to sign up with a recruitment agency / Schools Week
Ofsted chief: Headteacher recruitment is shambolic / TES
Primary overcomes recruitment crisis by offering affordable on-site accommodation / TES
Recruitment agencies 'hoover up' and sell back new teachers / Schools Week
Schools must publish gender pay gap statistics / Schools Week
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Six new statistics that suggest teacher shortages are increasing / TES
Teacher training applications drop as recruitment crisis fears intensify / TES
Teacher workload is result of high-stakes culture / ASCL
Induction for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) / Department for Education
School teachers' pay and conditions 2015 / Department for Education
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Teacher supply model / DfE & NCTL
Developing the teaching profession to a world-class standard / Department for Education
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