Bespoke HR Training

Tailored to meet the needs of your school, academy or multi-academy trust

HR Training for schools, academies and MATs

Teacher training pupils in outdoor learningMore 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 listed 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.

Prices are tailored to the specific session. For further information or to discuss your ideas, please enquire online or call Rachel Foster on 0844 967 1112.

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Academisation Briefing

The course provides the information on the national context; explaining the different routes to academisation. It will provide the facts about what this could mean to your specific school, the hurdles, the pitfalls, the opportunities.

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Appraisal & Capability

It is crucial that Headteachers are assured that their appraisal systems are robust, particularly given the new requirement for appraisers to making recommendations for pay progression for all teachers on all pay ranges. This course will provide Headteachers with the knowledge to quality assure both individual appraisers and their appraisal system as a whole, in accordance with the statutory appraisal requirements for teachers.

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Attendance Issues

Practical understanding of the attendance management. Highlighting the type of reports needed by governing bodies. You will be given the tools to manage attendance/absence effectively across the whole school and for line management arrangements, including patterns of behaviour, short and long term absences.

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Becoming a Parent Governor

Becoming a parent governor can be a daunting experience. This training is designed specifically for the challenges, needs and role of parent governors. Delegates will explore a series of real life scenarios to understand their role as parent and as governor and to experience the boundaries and strategies for dealing with difficulties between these roles including how to manage the expectations of other parents.

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Challenging Conversations

A practical seminar for both senior and middle school managers in handling challenging conversations with staff around misconduct, capability and attendance matters. It is an opportunity in a safe environment for managers to develop their personal skills and build upon their own management style when dealing with difficult conversations.

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Communication Strategy & Media Management

Schools and academies are the hub of any community. This course reviews the communications mechanisms used as part of an overall communication strategy for all your stakeholders. Schools are required by Ofsted to provide key information on their website, including details of curriculum provision. In the competitive world of modern education new skills are required to promote any school or academy. It also covers how schools/academies can interact positively with the media and also respond to media interest.

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Critical Incident Management

This course covers the management of any type of critical or serious incident relating to a school / academy as and when it occurs. It covers the practical considerations for all those involved and provides guidance for effective leadership following such situations.

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Dealing with Challenging Parents

From time to time many school staff will encounter a difficult and demanding parent, be it in person or via telephone. From challenging academic results to accusations of bullying some parents can be intimidating or even aggressive. This course is suitable for all staff who interact with parents, including both teaching and support staff, and will equip you with the skills to effectively manage these difficult encounters.

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Disclosure & Barring Service

The former Vetting and Barring Service was aimed to prevent unsuitable individuals gaining access to children through work and volunteering. The government announced a review resulting in the renamed Disclosure and Barring scheme and a scale back to common sense levels.

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Effective Management of Complaints

Schools are expected to be transparent organisations who have the trust of parents and the community as well as looking after the welfare and education of the children. This results in  enormous responsibility on various issues that involve the human factor on a daily basis, involving all aspects of life. Inevitably complaints will be received in whatever shape or form and this course highlights what should happen when they are received in the best interest of the school as whole.

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Employment Contracts - the Facts and Myths

An explanation of all types of employment contracts commonly used in schools. Advice is given on which contracts to use and when, reflecting the needs of the school. Guidance is offered on how and when contracts should be reviewed, including how to change contracts and bring them to an end.

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Employment Law Update

The latest employment law changes in relation to schools. A round up of the recent and proposed government consultations affecting employment tribunals and a summary of the continuing changes in case law, including those particular to the education sector.

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Essential Skills for Reception Staff

The first human interaction with a school often takes place with these staff either at the school site or via other communication. These key staff liaise with all stakeholders within the school community. This course provides skills to address the issues faced by these staff whilst enabling them to embody the image and professionalism of the school.

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Flexible Working & Family Friendly

The area of flexible working, parental rights and family-friendly provisions has undergone numerous changes over the last five years, including changes to the right to request flexible working which came into force on 30 June 2014. This briefing will ensure that you have appropriate policies and systems in place to effectively manage flexible working requests.

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Freedom of Information and Data Protection

In response to requests by schools for training on these often tricky issues, this training reviews the legislation along with the specific obligations for schools and academies. Guidance will be provided on the practicalities of these obligations and offers answers to commonly asked questions.

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Headteachers as Hearing Officers

Under the School Staffing Regulations Headteachers can have delegated authority to dismiss employees. This course will provide Headteachers with the necessary skills to make robust, safe and effective decisions when sitting as the Hearing Officer, including guidance on assessing evidence, questioning techniques and factors to consider in ultimate decision making.

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How to be an Appraiser

It ensures appraisers understand the importance of their role in the statutory appraisal system and performance management including Teacher’s Standards and Ofsted. It focuses on setting objectives in order to provide consistent, confident and constructive feedback throughout the whole of the appraisal cycle and enable a proper audit trail for pay recommendations.

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Management Support for Business Managers

Briefing for new or experienced Business managers to learn how to contribute to the management of complex people issues, where to find essential information, what key employment terms actually mean, how to avoid procedural pitfalls.

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Misconduct Explored & Unpicked

Focusing on the practicalities of managing staff and their conduct by explaining what constitutes misconduct, how it can be tackled in the early stages and discussing when to invoke disciplinary procedure in differing situations.

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Motivating Staff in Challenging Times

Employees want jobs that are worthwhile and inspire them. Schools want employees who will do their best work or “go the extra while”. More and more organisations are looking for a win-win situation that meets their needs and those of their employees.

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Organisational Change

This briefing will give you the knowledge to recognise, plan and implement the complex change processes involved in organisational change, including restructuring, redundancies and TUPE transfers. You will leave with an overview of the complex legal framework in these areas, including the new TUPE rules alongside a practical overview of how to implement these procedures and processes within school.

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Pay Appeals

You’ll have heard about performance pay for teachers, possibly attended a pay briefing, BUT would you feel comfortable sitting on a pay committee? Your decision on a pay appeal committee is the final decision for a teacher and their pay.

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Raising Awareness of Prevent - Free Workshop

Schools have an important part to play in preventing violent extremism. Recent history shows young people may be vulnerable to radicalisation. This workshop, run by Greater Manchester Police Force, will give an overview of the counter-terrorism Prevent agenda and help you to recognise the initial signs of individuals vulnerable to radicalisation and understand what to do.

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Recruitment: Best Practice

It is essential that you have robust systems in place to ensure that your school has the right people, in the right place, at the right time. This briefing will equip you with the skills to identify and select the best employment candidates including techniques for advertising, shortlisting and a range of best practice selection methods for use at interview, along with an overview of the more specific processes associated with Headteacher recruitment.

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Reducing & Managing Allegations against staff

This course deals with this serious ongoing issue by considering how allegations can arise and the related processes and procedures. It will identify ways to engender a culture of awareness across your school community to reduce the potential for unsafe practices which could lead to such allegations.

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Safer Recruitment

Accredited by the Safer Recruitment Consortium. Every school’s recruiting panel must have at least one accredited person on every panel. Improved awareness and understanding of offender behaviour, helping to deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable staff. The course considers the policies and practices that minimise opportunities for abuse and ensure prompt referral, supporting schools to develop and implement safer recruitment policies and practices. All attendees successfully completing the course will leave with a certificate.

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Senior Leaders Pay

The briefing will provide changes to blue book terms and conditions, pay and reward for senior leaders in the national context, how to manage changes in senior leaders pay.

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Social Media

The briefing will cover “e-world” developments in education, who it affects and how, social networking policy and proactive management for positive results. It can be provided to staff, governors and/or parents.

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Succeeding as a New Line Manager

Practical advice and guidance on techniques needed to line manage staff in schools. This course is ideal for those new to a line management role and will introduce: holding difficult conversations; managing people issues;  how to use management procedures; how to avoid common pit-falls.

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Teachers Pay

The changes to pay introduced in September 2013 were far-reaching and necessitated the introduction of individual school pay policies. Your school will now be responsible for linking decisions about teachers’ pay to their performance. Attending this briefing will ensure that you have in place the processes to manage the practicalities for fair and transparent performance related pay, instructing your payroll provider and managing any pay appeals.

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Health And Safety Training

Asbestos Awareness (H&S)

Asbestos has been a major problem in schools for many years and is reported to be in 9 out of 10 schools. Any school built before 2000 could contain asbestos. Schools have a duty to manage asbestos. The DfE has issued new guidance on the management of asbestos in schools. This training covers your legal ‘duty to manage’ asbestos, the role of school staff, asbestos management plans, and emergency procedures to deal with accidental exposure.

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Designated First Aider (H&S)

This three day course, approved by the Health & Safety Executive, explains the role of the first aider, advising on record keeping and providing training on practical skills needed to use first-aid equipment. All attendees successfully completing the course assessment will be issued with books and a certificate. The certification is valid for three years.

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Designated First Aider - Refresher (H&S)

This two day refresher course, approved by the Health & Safety Executive,  is for designated first aiders who certificates are due to expire. All attendees successfully completing the course assessment will be issued with books and a certificate. The certification is valid for three years.

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Emergency First Aid at Work (H&S)

A certificated course approved by the Health & Safety Executive which comes with a qualification last 3 years. This course will provide the knowledge to assess an emergency situation in order to act safely, promptly and effectively including;

  • administering first aid to a casualty who is unconscious (including seizure)
  • cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • first aid to a casualty who is choking, bleeding or in shock.

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Fire Marshalling (H&S)

The number of fire marshals needed for a school depends on its size, layout, hazards and specific needs. This course meets Regulatory Reform Order 2005 and provides an insight into fire regulations, general fire awareness and fire prevention methods, also identifying the correct selection and use of fire-fighting equipment. Delegates will receive a certificate of attendance and any follow-up advice needed for individual schools.

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Paediatric First Aid (H&S)

This 2 day specialist course provides training to the level required by OFSTED to deal with childhood accidents and common medical concerns including treatment for burns, scalds and poisons, basic life support from infancy to adolescence, the importance of preventing cross infection and other childhood conditions.

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Risk Assessment for School Trips (H&S)

Misunderstandings about the application of health and safety law may in some cases discourage schools and teachers from organising such trips. These misunderstandings stem from a wide range of issues but may include frustrations about paperwork, fears of prosecution if the trip goes wrong, and the belief that a teacher will be sued if a child is injured. This training gives you a practical, structured approach whether travelling abroad, running a sporting event or taking a trip to the local farm.

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Understanding your Health & Safety Responsibilities

This course will give Business Managers a thorough understanding of their school’s responsibility and accountability with regard to health and safety. Topics will include: the management of accidents, risk assessments, monitoring H&S performance, H&S management systems, common hazard control issues.

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Undertaking Risk Assessments: A Practical Guide

Delivered by health and safety experts, this course will ensure that you are able to meet your legal requirements by undertaking thorough risk assessments, in accordance with Health and Safety Executive guidance and principles, including identification and effective management of hazards and risks.

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Working at Low Level Heights (H&S)

This course, delivered by accredited IOSH members, will provide practical guidance on the steps that can be taken to reduce the number of accidents and injuries in line with HSE guidance for working at low-level heights in schools, including school displays. Delegates will be trained to recognise external factors affecting safety, minimise risk, identify hazards and provide practical precautions in a school-based setting

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