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HR, Advice Support and Training

HR, Advice Support and Training

Our Human Resources service is dedicated to working in partnership with headteachers, school leaders and governing bodies to provide a comprehensive and bespoke support to meet the requirements of your school.

We provide a responsive, flexible range of HR services to all schools including academies, irrespective of their governance arrangements. Our services are underpinned by an extensive knowledge of the workings and requirements of the education sector. In circumstances where your school needs a joint approach, involving other local authority services, we will dovetail our support together with the Education Improvement Service, Occupational Health, Governor Services, Finance, Health and Safety and Legal Services in order to ensure your school receives the best possible joined up support in all of our work with you.

What we offer

  • An effective HR service that meets the day to day and strategic needs of your school.
  • Dedicated professional named HR Business Partners who will work with you to ensure you have the confidence and necessary support to address the many challenges you and your governing body face.
  • A team of HR professionals with a wealth and depth of experience to provide high quality, solution focused support within a timescale agreed with you. 
  • Comprehensive up to date knowledge of education law, employment law and HR best practice.
  • Written policies, guidance and comprehensive toolkit documents specifically designed to meet the ever changing and complex challenges faced by schools.
  • Comprehensive practical support and guidance on all employee relations matters including appraisal/competency, grievance, disciplinary, safer working, recruitment, absence, redundancy and performance related pay issues and opportunities for apprenticeships. 
  • Workforce planning, including advice on restructuring, job design and employee development.
  • Advisory and professional support to head teachers and/or the governing body or trust at all formal hearings and appeals at no extra cost.
  • Specialist advice to produce letters confirming decisions taken at formal meetings/hearings and appeals at no extra cost.
  • On-site support to manage HR related investigations including access to HR consultants who can undertake complex investigations on behalf of the school. 
  • A range of bespoke training opportunities specifically for you as a head teacher, school leader, school business manager, governor or trust board member. 
  • Expert job evaluation analysis to ensure that your staffing structures are effective and that all posts in your school comply with the School Teachers’ Pay & Conditions Document and Single Status pay structures and equal pay legislation. 
  • The purchase of one of our annual packages gives you exclusive access to the Nottinghamshire Schools Staff Absence Insurance scheme.
  • Two levels of service: Standard or enhanced, details of which are summarised in the packages document below.

Working alongside your designated HR Business Partner, we will respond to your telephone calls and emails within one working day and to written enquiries within five working days.

“I have been very pleased with the service offered by the Nottinghamshire County Council HR Service .  Any queries are responded to extremely efficiently. As a school we have been supported with a range of different scenarios, every time with accurate information. Having a professional relationship with a specific team of HR Business Partners, ensures that they know the school and understand any relevant context. We would highly recommend this service - we would not be without it.” Head Teacher, Phoenix Infant and Nursery School


HR package details, 2020/21 [PDF] 

To buy any of the packages above, please use the link provided. To find out more information, please contact us or visit the sub-sections to find more HR-affiliated services which we provide. 

Newly appointed head teachers receive a free personalised introductory briefing/meeting with their named HR Business Partner as part of their induction, during their first term.



Access to a full range of HR related training opportunities for headteachers, senior leaders, business managers, governors and trust board members at a reduced price. 

Safeguarding training in Schools

In addition to this service, we also provide Whole School Safeguarding Training and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Training on a pay as you go basis. We have a team of experienced trainers offering training to ensure that schools are compliant with legislation, standards and procedures in safeguarding to fulfil legislation and Ofsted requirements. The training is updated frequently in line with statutory changes and new developments in safeguarding. Please contact or 0115 977 2347 for more information.

Benefits to your school

  • Customer Service - 98% of respondents to our recent customer survey rated the service excellent or good.
  • HR advice and support - 98% of respondents rated the service excellent or good.
  • Resolution of issues - 96% rated the service excellent or good.
  • Value for money - 98% of respondents rated the service excellent or good.
  • Head Teacher and Senior Leaders' Training and Briefings - 80% of respondents rated these as excellent or good.