HR Training for Schools/Colleges – Effective ways to deal with HR issues, policies and processes


Course introduction

Managing people can often be the most challenging area of running any organisation because every one of them is individual, with a different set of personal and professional values, and they don’t behave in the same way. Add to that a complex framework of employment law and it can be difficult to know what to do for the best when you have a people issue arise. There are many models of HR out there, but this course keeps it simple by focusing on the three R’s – Recruit, Retain and Release. We’ll focus on some of the key areas within each of these R’s that can be difficult to navigate. The course provides an overview of the relevant employment law as well as practical guidance and relevant examples to work through.

What we will cover throughout the day

  • Feel more confident making day-to-day HR decisions;

  • Understand how to comply with your key legal obligations;

  • Understand what is meant by managing performance

  • Know the drivers that cause staff to under-perform

  • Be able to agree effective performance improvement plans

  • Know when and how to start disciplinary proceedings – both formal and informal

  • Know how to hold effective disciplinary meetings – both formal and informal

  • Bring benefit to your school by ensuring your HR practices are designed to maximise; employee engagement and retention;

  • Develop a consistent but flexible approach to people management that supports the needs of your school.

Target audience

This course is designed for anyone who is involved in managing formal performance management processes in the workplace including the discipline, capability and grievance procedures. Suitable for Supervisors, Team Leaders, First Line Managers, Managers, HR Managers, Senior Managers.

Trainers for this course

Siân Fisher

Siân is an HR professional with over 19 years’ HR experience across a variety of organisations and sectors, including education and local government.

She has been a Chartere...d Member of the CIPD (the professional body for HR) since 2007 and has delivered multiple key HR projects and programmes, ranging from resourcing strategies, to health and wellbeing strategies, HR systems, policy development and let’s not forget GDPR!

Siân’s passion is using her knowledge of employment law and HR practices to find innovative and creative ways to help businesses deliver exceptional service and exceed their goals.

See what others have to say about us

Don’t just take our word for it, visit our social media pages for live feedback.

“Brilliant course. All my questions answered even if we did go a little off course because of them. Friendly and non-confrontational course which ran very smoothly and the information was very up to date and relevant to all of us. Looking forward to the Module 6 as I have learnt no end of information that I have been able to feed back to a trust.”

“I have found this course to be really well run and informative. The interactive exercise were great and the opportunity to discuss and listen to different situations from other colleagues is helpful. Siân the trainer has been engaging. The information pack was great and I have made a lot of notes. I took part because I have only recently taken on the HR responsibility in the school but I would say this course if useful for people at any stage of their HR in school career, even just as a confirmation that you ARE doing it right.”

“Thank you very much for all the useful help and explanations given; it really is making a lot of sense and has given me a boost to fulfill my role within HR.”


About the venue

Stay at home, get comfortable and enjoy our live interactive course via Zoom! You’ll receive the link a few days before the course date so you can get prepared (and excited) ahead of time.

Handy course logistics

  • The course will run via Zoom from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm, however, the trainer will be available 15 minutes before and after the course times to answer any questions.
  • You’ll receive mid-morning, lunch and afternoon breaks to re-energise.
  • This course is designed to be interactive and inclusive. We welcome questions and discussions throughout and we want you to be comfortable and stress-free no matter where you join us from!
  • Your course pack includes handouts, an M&S voucher for food, a snack, a pen and a notepad – we’ll send this to you before the day. Please note this is only for UK-based participants, international attendees will receive the pack via email.
  • Additional links and information will be emailed to you before and during the course.
  • This course is also available as an in-house / INSET training session at your school. Contact us for details.

In-House Training

In-House Training

We currently have no upcoming dates for this course - Please contact us for more information or if you would like this course delivered as in-house training.