HR that inspires confidence
HR+ provides schools and academies with a confidence-inspiring HR service. This means:
- Solutions focussed support with no sitting on the fence
- Cases moved forward swiftly and outcomes achieved
- More time for you to devote elsewhere
As the first and only law firm in the country that is entirely dedicated to the education sector, we have developed HR+ through many years of witnessing the challenges that schools face when it comes to receiving high quality HR support.
Fast turnarounds by experts
Our HR practitioners range from generalists who can assist across the HR service spectrum to specialists who are experts in specific areas such as learning and development and reward. Our transactional services are subject to strict service levels including a 24 hour turnaround for all document drafting requests.
Our comprehensive 'HR Service Menu' lets you decide what support you would like to receive, from transactional administration through to HR Business Partnering. A unique feature of our service is that we also offer support in responding to parental complaints.
Based on an annual subscription model, you can choose certain items or take the full menu; it is entirely up to you.
HR Service Menu
Choose the support you require
Transactional HR support such as drafting contracts of employment and letters of variation to T&Cs.
Providing template letters and reviewing procedural correspondence e.g. invites to disciplinary, grievance, and complaints hearings.
Reviewing all HR policy and procedure including the provision of new documents.
Providing advice throughout the process and supporting you with drafting response letters to parental complaints, a unique feature of our service.
Hands-on support with all HR casework including remote attendance at hearings, drafting response letters in all HR matters such as disciplinary, grievance, and absence outcomes and support with HR projects such as restructures and redundancy.
On Hand When You Need It
With our Purchased Solutions, you can pay one fixed price for individual pieces of work, no matter the size or scope. Useful for ad hoc projects, filling a skills gap or simply alleviating the pressure on your internal HR team, we will deliver the solution to specification and on time.
Examples of cases in which Purchased Solutions have been used include:
- HR casework, such as conducting investigations and providing independence at appeals stages.
- Leading on transformational projects including restructuring and TUPE.
- Implementation of new HR systems and policy including pay and benefits, appraisal and performance management.
The below case study provides an example of Purchased Solutions in action.
Acting as the strategic HR lead
HY Education supported a large multi academy trust with a complex restructuring programme at three failing single academies which had been brought into the trust under a sponsorship arrangement through the ESFA. Such was the requirement for change at these schools that a complete curriculum review was undertaken and an overhaul of the incumbent financial and operational structures necessitated a remodelling of the workforce to meet budgetary and skills targets.
HY was instructed to intervene in the project after it had been paused through challenge from staff and unions. HY acted as the strategic HR lead in collective consultation processes which encompassed 5 different unions involving complex negotiations on matters such as changes to terms and conditions and redundancy scoring and selection. Each school was able to achieve the desired changes within the required timescale, establish positive relations with the unions and exit large numbers of staff without receiving notice of employment tribunal claims.
Hear from some of our clients
Nitesh Gor OBE
CEO at Avanti Schools Trust
We have been extremely impressed by the professionalism, timeliness and reliability of their advice. But perhaps what truly differentiates their service is their highly personalised approach to us as a client. They have supported us on some truly complex and sensitive issues and have exceeded our high expectations. We would have no hesitation in recommending them to any school or multi-academy trust.
Lansbury Bridge School
& Sports College
From our first contact we have been impressed with their professionalism, knowledge and experience. Not only are they very approachable and quick to respond to any queries we have, the customer service from their wider team has been impressive. We would highly recommend the service to others.
Their services are unique, modern and client focused. We have no hesitation in recommending HY Education as a provider of specialist legal advice in the education sector.
Tredworth Infant and
We use Education+ for everyday HR support but also for legal issues which have included changing our school name, advice on Special Educational Needs and managing supply contracts. This is a complete education advice service covering all of our legal and HR needs and at excellent value.