HR and recruitment

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.

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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

Schools struggling to recruit headteachers and staff: exclusive TES survey / TES and NGA

Should we be worrying about unqualified teachers? / BBC

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


Book Guidance

Induction for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) / Department for Education

School teachers' pay and conditions 2015 / Department for Education

Teacher misconduct: disciplinary procedures / DfE & NCTL

Teacher subject specialism training: secondary maths and physics / NCTL

Teacher supply model / DfE & NCTL


Open booking with writing Reports

Developing the teaching profession to a world-class standard / Department for Education

Initial teacher training (ITT): provider level census information / NCTL and DfE

Initial teacher training: trainee number census - 2014 to 2015 / Department for Education

Initial teacher training: trainee number census - 2015 to 2016 / Department for Education

Instant student feedback on teacher practice / Department for Education

Reducing teachers' workload / Department for Education

Schools, pupils and their characteristics: January 2015 / Department for Education

School workforce in England: November 2013 / Department for Education

School workforce in England: November 2014 / Department for Education

Teacher Voice omnibus: questions for DfE, November 2014 / DfE and NFER

Unique pupil numbers: a guide for schools and local authorities / Department for Education