Why choose One Education for Human Resources
Think of us as an extra member of your management team providing all of your back-office transactional services and specialist HR requirements. Our priority is to free your time to concentrate on teaching and learning, putting you first and delivering on your agenda.
One Education HR and People are invaluable as partners in our HR management. We can always rely on their professional, supportive and efficient team to offer current advice and guidance on a wide variety of issues.
Thank you for everything you have done - it has been a massive help. Very professional, thorough and thoughtfully undertaken.
We completely trust the HR and People team to deal with our HR matters, whether it be a phone call for a word of advice or support with disciplinary meetings, and would without hesitation recommend them to support your organisation too.
We have commissioned equality training from One Education on two occasions, once for our governors and once for our staff. The training provided was individually tailored to meet the needs of the audience and it was of excellent quality. It helped both the staff and governors to understand their legal requirements, but was delivered in an engaging way with actual examples of equality situations in schools which provoked interesting discussion among the staff.
I am extremely pleased with the service that I have received from the One Education HR team. I have found every interaction with staff members, whether through the helpdesk or in more specific pieces of work, to be thoroughly helpful. They have provided excellent guidance for my staff in day to day operational activities, and in respect of strategic input. I would fully endorse their services to any school.
Working with One Education over the past few years has been a real pleasure. I am always extremely impressed by the service from the Help Desk – you have certainly enabled me to make informed decisions in a timely fashion. Myself and the other Head at Old Moat have used your services for a variety of HR issues and being part of the process and the conducting of meetings has given us the skills and knowledge to be able to run some of our own meetings.
School Equality Assessment
Promoting equality and celebrating diversity is particularly important within a school community. This can be challenging due to the complexity of a school setting but we are here to support you and share your commitment to your equality and diversity agenda. Our team has extensive experience in relation to equality matters schools' obligations and duties under the Equality Act 2010 and supporting Regulations. Our assessment and action plan will enable governors and senior leaders to face Ofsted inspections with confidence as far as equality matters are concerned.
School Equality Assessment includes:
- General equality considerations
- School equality objectives
- Disability issues
- Pupil and staff information
- Monitoring/reviewing arrangements
- Evaluation of your current provision and identify action points
The assessment is designed to help you evaluate how effectively your school is complying with its public sector equality duty, specific duties and other statutory equality obligations. It will also help to identify any areas where action is needed. Following completion of the assessment, a summary of the school’s compliance will be produced, and a list of agreed equality tasks and action points will be provided.
We can provide School Equality Training to suit your school’s needs. General equality training can be provided to all school staff, and more detailed training can be delivered to your school leadership team, governors, or trust board. This will also cover your statutory responsibilities and the steps that you need to take to ensure compliance with the general and specific equality duties.
GDPR School Compliance Audit
GDPR can be a mind field for school staff, with an abundance of records, databases and information held for both students and employees.
Our GDPR service will ensure you are compliant with the new legislation that replaces the Data Protection Act, identifying and advising on how you manage, process and delete data.
Following a pre-audit questionnaire and on-site meeting with our specialist we will produce a report covering 4 key areas:
- Accountability & Governance
- Documentation, Processes & Procedures
- Data Protection Officer Responsibilities
- Recommendations to Support Compliance
Single Central Record
In line with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’, your Single Central Record is a legal requirement, it is scrutinised by Ofsted and is crucial in safeguarding your pupils.
You can ensure your systems and processes are compliant and in line with statutory requirements with our Single Central Record audit.
Our Single Central Record audit includes an on-site meeting with those responsible for managing the SCR. Alongside an intensive review of your current systems and practices and in-depth discussions with an expert will give you the opportunity to receive practical advice and guidance.
An audit report is provided for the principal/ Head Teacher regarding the quality of stored data and current practices in place. The report will also outline any actions already taken with recommendations to ensure compliance with current legislation and Ofsted requirements.
With pressures of inspections, pupil outcomes and results, there may be occasions where differences will surface between staff. Resolving these differences through mediation will bring a wide range of benefits to your school:
- Independent and neutral mediator provides unbiased facilitating
- Time and cost saving
- Reduced absence, stress, grievances, poor performance and employment tribunal claims
- Staff benefit from expressing their opinions and concerns in a structured format
- Colleagues reach their own lasting solution
- Increased empowerment and positive thought
- Staff better aligned with the school’s visions, aims and goals.
Our accredited school mediators are highly experienced in dealing with the range of issues that cause disputes. Your mediator who will act as a point of contact should there be queries prior to, during or after the mediation.
- Initial scoping discussion with your assigned mediator
- Individual meetings with parties to establish issues, explain the mediation process and ensure issues are appropriate for mediation
- Joint mediation session to tackle conflict and create where appropriate a mediation agreement
- Sharing of mediation agreement where applicable
- Post mediation support and evaluation
We understand the requirement to ‘lockdown’ in response to a potential threat can be a daunting experience for school leaders. Incidents are often unforeseen leaving little time to plan your response. Being prepared for a potential situation will allow you to respond effectively, ensuring the safety of your pupils and staff.
Our lockdown procedure includes:
- A lockdown audit, in consultation with security consultants Stealth Ops UK, including a site visit to survey your perimeter security and access points
- Guidance on security arrangements and how to deal with particular emergency situations
- Help and support with training and development for staff
- Oversee a lockdown drill in operation
ISR / Pay Review
Teachers’ pay has featured heavily in the media over the last several years, not least because of the introduction of performance related pay and the fact the Department of Education is leaving more and more pay decisions down to each school.
Schools (and academies that have adopted national terms and conditions) who do not comply with the requirements of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) may face challenges, including possible tribunal or legal action. In addition, Ofsted pay close attention to the management of teachers’ appraisal performance and the link that this has with pay progression.
It is therefore vital that schools are not only aware of the statutory requirements, but are able to utilise the relevant flexibilities and demonstrate how they are tailored to suit their individual school.
With in-depth knowledge of teachers’ and leadership pay, we can provide strategic advice and guidance to review your Individual School Range (ISR). An advisor will work alongside your governors, Head Teacher/principal, to analyse your current leadership structure, individual circumstances, and additional influences that may have an impact on the pay of your leadership team. Our annual Model Teachers’ Pay Policy Audit provides a thorough review of your pay policy and practices to ensure compliance with the STPCD.
Bespoke HR Training
More and more schools and academies are turning to in-house courses as a cost effective way of developing their staff.
We have a range of training sessions that can be delivered in your school focusing on questions and issues specific to your establishment and the group’s training needs. Alternatively you can spread the cost further still by joining up with neighbouring schools.
All of our training opportunities can be adapted to meet specific school needs and these sessions can be run as a full-day, half-day, after school twilight session or as part of whole staff INSET training days.