Human Resources Service

Royal Greenwich (HR) team are equipped to meet all the HR advice and support needs of your educational establishment. The core service is provided in line with statutory requirements. In addition, a comprehensive, responsive, expert HR consultancy and advisory service is offered through our Traded Service which is delivered within a framework of confidentiality, professionalism and pragmatism.

An overview of benefits can be found here.

How can we help you?

  • As a dedicated service to schools, academies and children’s centres, the focus is on ensuring resources are appropriately deployed.
  • This is in order to facilitate recruitment and retention of high calibre staff, with the aim of supporting school improvement and impacting positively on the delivery of teaching & learning to pupils.
  • The schools’ HR team are experienced and have a holistic understanding of the specific demands faced by educational establishments.
  • We actively influence and participate in national consultations impacting on the education workforce, to ensure the views and needs of our educational establishments are represented.
  • We work closely with authority colleagues and have well established links to:
    • National, regional and local employer associations
    • Trade unions and professional bodies
    • Education networks
    • School leaders
    • Other agencies
  • We work in in partnership with them to deliver excellent services that achieve efficiencies for the educational establishments we support.
  • With 85 per cent, or more, of the school budget being spent on your workforce, it is essential that the right structures, people, policies and procedures are in place to deliver to your priorities.
  • Choosing our specialist HR service will empower headteachers, leadership, governors and school business managers to carry out their statutory responsibilities, safeguarded by
  • effective, up-to-date employment practices and access to supportive and practical HR advice.
  • CORE AND TRADED SERVICES OFFER:
    • Experienced, dedicated principal HR advisers with specialist knowledge of school casework and a thorough understanding of the framework under which educational establishments operate
    • A nominated principal HR adviser who will get to know your educational establishment and tailor their approach accordingly
    • Access to advice from HR professionals, provided by telephone, email or visit, as appropriate
    • Access to the HR Traded Service intranet which provides regular employment updates, Royal Greenwich model policies & procedures, and associated letters forms and guidance notes and information relating to national & local terms & conditions
    • Detailed employee data provided on request and monthly absence reports (conditional on buying into Royal Greenwich Payroll Service)
    • Termly visit to each school, including an annual audit (subject to school agreement)
    • Liaison with Royal Greenwich teams on your behalf to facilitate the expedited resolution of issues
    • Professional expertise/knowledge of teachers’ pay and conditions of service, Royal Greenwich pay and grading structure, and relevant pensions information
    • Advice and support in matters relating to safeguarding allegations against staff
    • Access to Royal Greenwich legal advice and support with employment tribunal claims effective working relationships, at both local and regional level, with trade unions, and networks with external agencies, such as LGA, NCTL, DBS and DfE
    • Model policies and procedures to promote effective staff management, which have been ratified with trade unions following consultation at Royal Greenwich level
    • Access to, and continual review of, advice defined by relevant legislation and current best practice
    • Additional assistance and support for HR related data collection/inspections, as required by DfE/Ofsted
    • Links to the provision of statutory HR requirements. For example, safeguarding checks and pre-employment checks
  • SCHOOL / EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENT
  • Client Responsibilities - To ensure service standards and commitments are met, educational establishments are required to commit to:
    • Provide all relevant information and staffing data to assist in the provision of HR advice
    • Ensure all relevant facts are provided when dealing with a staffing or employment issue
    • Any school-based time limits or constraints are specified and are reasonable
    • Provide a timely update of any change in circumstances that may affect/impact on the work we are doing for you, or advice provided
  • Bespoke HR service - Tailored to meet the specific needs of Royal Greenwich educational establishments. The aim is to optimise the day-to-day running in your school by providing bespoke HR solution
  • Formal termly visits / Annual audit:
    • Comprehensive annual HR Audit. This will identify areas of best practice and risk. A full report will be provided setting out clear recommendations, which HR will support you with implementing
  • Model Procedures:
    • Provision of model procedures, relating to recruitment and selection, capability, discipline, grievance, redundancy, and sickness absence management
  • Pay and Conditions of Service
    • Advice and guidance on the interpretation and implementation of national and local government decisions and regulations
    • Provision of local and national information on employment issues, such as salaries or benefits
    • Advice on other matters relating to pay and conditions of employment, for all categories of staff
    • Advice on other matters relating to pay and conditions of employment, for all categories of staff
    • Provision of interpretation and writing of statements of terms, and conditions of service contracts of employment are available at additional cost – see bolt-on costs
  • Capability / Disciplinary / Grievance casework:
    • Telephone advice and support on the implementation of your school’s capability, discipline and grievance procedures
    • Attendance by a member of the HR team to advise and support governors, headteachers and leadership at all formal hearings and meetings; including hearings where dismissal is a potential outcome, subject to availability, by prior agreement
    • Advice and support throughout the process of investigation, by prior agreement
  • Attendance Management Casework:
    • Telephone advice and support on the implementation of your school’s attendance management procedures
    • Access to the Royal Greenwich OH provider and Employee Assistance Programme (included with HR SLA with effect from renewal date, as applicable: 1 April 2020 or 1 September 2020). Separate invoices will be raised to cover the costs of OH services used (for example, physiotherapy) and EAP face-to-face sessions provided
    • Advice on OH referral and guidance on how to proceed following receipt of OH reports
    • Attendance at formal review meetings, subject to availability, by prior agreement
    • Provision of ill health retirement benefit calculations
    • Advice and support on implementing robust and effective absence monitoring systems
    • Grievance procedures
    • Attendance by a member of the HR team to advise and support governors, headteachers and leadership at all formal hearings and meetings; including hearings where dismissal is a potential outcome, subject to availability, by prior agreement
    • Advice and support throughout the process of investigation, by prior agreement
  • Employee Relations: