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The aim of the People Directorate is to have a positive impact on Trust leadership, teaching and learning at academies. We provide specialist 'HR' advice and support, ensuring sufficient expertise at the centre to manage the challenges of a single employer (GAT) operating across multiple regions, ensuring a balance of preventative and responsive actions to supporting our academies to achieve continuous improvement.

The key aspects of the service are:


Recruitment and Retention

  • Developing a Trust Brand
  • Negotiate media avenue and costs (discounted rates)
  • Job design
  • Obtaining work permits and renewals
  • Submit bids for training placements (ITT/SD/NQT)
  • Design and run assessment centres
  • Attendance at interviews
  • Completion of background checks
  • Offers of employment and issuing employment contract (single employer)
  • Obtain DBS; provide advice and guidance or managing disclosures
  • Equalities monitoring

Payroll and Pensions

  • Monthly Payroll includes, timesheets, all external payments
  • Salary reviews/ benchmarking
  • Teachers Pay Appeal advice
  • Implementation of National T&Cs 
  • Conformation of salary to all employees (annual)
  • Pension Annual Returns (TPS & LGPS)
  • Pension administration
  • Auto and re-enrolment
  • Pension estimates
  • Retirements
  • SWFC

Core HR

  • Safeguarding - provision of SCR framework and administration of Central Team SCR and Trust Board; provide support and guidance on non-employee categories; attendance at strategy meetings; manage DBS/NCTL disclosures and referrals, including attendance at hearings; managing allegations of staff; support/attendance at Ofsted/HMI inspections
  • Contractual variations 
  • Investigations
  • Capability
  • Disciplinary
  • Suspension/reintegration
  • Grievance
  • Mediation
  • Dismissals and appeals
  • Family Friendly – maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental leave, flexible working
  • Attendance management, monitoring and tracking
  • Sickness Absence – support with return to work interviews
  • Occupational health referrals
  • Advice and guidance on managing and supporting equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Ill health retirement
  • Off-boarding
  • Application and interpretation of multiple terms and conditioners
  • Preparation for and attendance at tribunals

Learning and Development

  • Safer Recruitment Training
  • Provision of core offer of CPD
  • ECTs
  • Developing teachers
  • Middle leaders
  • People Management Skills courses eg: managing within the law; absence; recruitment and selection; PDR; performance management; time management; grievance; disciplinary; communication skills; presentation skills
  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Induction framework
  • Research and source training providers
  • Manage the relationships between ITT/Apprenticeship providers and trainees/apprentices; tracking of trainee/apprentices progress and submission of statutory paperwork