FS4S HR Services

FS4S prides itself in being able to offer a full suite of HR services to schools and academies. Our unique ability to be able to do this and work closely with you means that we can really understand your needs, providing you with a range of commercially focused solutions and a full understanding of the issues. We offer a personal and friendly service delivered by experienced staff with a proactive, pragmatic approach.

Our HR service offers specialist HR support for schools and academies in the following areas:

  • Full HR Management support service
  • Standard HR packages consisting of HR Consultancy and HR Administration
  • Packages tailored to meet the specific needs of your school or academy including on-site visits and guidance on specific issues and projects
  • On site administration service e.g. to cover absence or for ad hoc projects
  • Bespoke services without the purchase of our standard HR packages
  • Guidance and advice with initial TUPE and Employment Tribunal cases
  • Guidance, advice and support with employee relations cases
  • Advisory service to help schools and academies meet the requirements in employing people in areas such as recruitment, performance management, change management, development and succession planning or employee relations
  • Confidential face to face meetings
  • Support to and partnership working with Governors, Trustees and Leadership teams with all employment matters
  • Training courses offered on a regular basis or based at your school specific to your needs
  • Employment law advice backed up by solicitors

Every client school has access to a secure data link with us so HR information can be sent and received safely and promptly.

FS4S offers a wide range of HR and Management Training, open to everyone, run as either short modular (2 hours) or half day courses. All of our courses can be run ‘on site’ specifically for your school.

HR Consultancy Services

FS4S offers a HR Consultancy service that covers a wide spectrum of issues advising at strategic and operational level. Our HR team will work in partnership with your Leadership team and Governors to fully support you and your Human Resources Management needs in the following areas:

  • Employee Relations – matters including individual case work for Disciplinary, Grievance, Capability and Performance Management cases, initial guidance on TUPE matters and Tribunal cases and consultation with recognised Trade Unions (where applicable)
  • Employment terms and conditions - guidance and interpretation of legislation on employment matters and changes to employment and education legislation
  • Change Management (restructuring and redundancy exercises) – advice on policy and process, supporting with consultation and selection processes
  • Absence Management – support and guidance to leadership teams in dealing with absence management cases, attendance at formal meetings supporting managers, access to Occupational Health Services through a local external provider
  • Resourcing and retention – advising on recruitment, redeployment and secondment
  • Policy and procedure support – interpretation of existing policy and process and advice with the generation of new policies.

HR Administration Services

FS4S offers an operational HR Administration service to schools and academies for staff during their employment life cycle, delivering transactional services in conjunction with our payroll team. This includes a full range of administrative and maintenance services from new hire through to termination of employment as follows:

  • New starter/hire administration
  • Advice on the maintenance of employee records
  • Contracts administration
  • Confirmation of actions undertaken by the payroll team (for those who use our payroll service such as joiners, leavers, changes, maternity, paternity, adoption, flexible working)
  • Advice on terms and conditions of employment for schools employees
  • Reporting e.g. joiners, leavers, absence monitoring
  • Access to Occupational Health Services and DBS disclosures (through partner organisations)