The Academies HR Portal provides a wealth of materials including streamlined policies (consulted upon with recognised trade unions which means academies don't have to), template letters, basic, and specialist practice notes.

    You can also browse and book on HR training courses and workshops on our CPD Hub.

    Our mission is to support Academy Trusts to get the best from their people so that they can deliver the best possible education for children. Our team have significant HR and education sector experience and a long history of providing HR services to schools over many years.

    We welcome feedback about our service and if you have comments about the portal or our service generally please do not hesitate to contact Head of Service, David Windridge at

    Latest additions and revisions

    Find all our revised or newest policies, practices and guidance listed here.

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    Flexible working

    Policy and toolkit to support the process of applications to work flexibly by employees.

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    Recruitment and onboarding

    Policies and toolkits to support recruitment for the first 6-12 months, induction and the management of probation.

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    Managing performance

    Addressing under performance is a difficult, often unpalatable and sometimes lengthy managerial task, but one that is critical.

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    How employee attendance and absence is handled can have a significant impact on ability to meet operational needs. Policies and toolkit for attendance, including information on occupational health referrals.

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    Employee wellbeing is a key issue that organisations are striving to address to ensure that their employees remain happy and motivated at work. Guidance and useful service that support the process.

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    Time off work

    Employees have the right to time off work for reasons such has; public duties, maternity, dependants leave, career break etc.

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    Pay and reward

    Policies and guidance for pay and reward, including guidance for TLR payments and performance appraisal.

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    Redundancy and restructuring

    Guidance to support the times when it is necessary to undertake a re-organisation for the needs of the Trust or consider reducing staffing levels.

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    Resolving problems in the workplace

    Policies and toolkit to address grievances, bullying and harassment, and whistleblowing, including guidance on early and informal redress to avoid escalation into major disputes.

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    It is important for Academy Trusts to have clear rules and disciplinary procedures in place. Policies to cover disciplinary, code of conduct and social media.

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    End of employment

    Every employment relationship will inevitably come to an end at some point, whether the split is amicable or potentially difficult.

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    Risk assessments

    A selection of risk assessment templates to be tailored as appropriate.

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    A-Z of HR policies

    A to A listing of all HR policies, guidance, toolkits and additional products and services.

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    HR Services news

    Latest education and employment news from the HR service.

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    Additional products and services

    A selection of additional products and services to support academies

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    Education Mutual

    A partnership between Herts for Learning and Education Mutual to provide Hertfordshire schools and academies, colleges, nurseries and education providers with an opportunity to potentially save money on staff absence cover.

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    HR Services news

    Latest education/employment news

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    Enhance and broaden your HR knowledge, skills and expertise by booking on one of our training courses.