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Our Services

Our HR consultancy services

Our services are tailored to provide best value dependent on your current needs and include:

  • Employee relations (ER)
  • Leadership training and coaching
  • Workplace or commercial mediation
  • Recruitment and talent management
  • Transfer of Undertakings Regulations (TUPE)
  • Leadership Development Programme
  • Change Projects
  • Combined HR, payroll and pensions services
  • Pay, grading and reward
  • HR news and HR briefings

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What will happen if you decide to access our HR consultancy support?

  • Employee relations (ER)
  • Leadership training and coaching
  • Workplace or commercial mediation
  • Recruitment and talent management
  • Transfer of Undertakings Regulations (TUPE)
  • Leadership Development Programme
  • Change Projects
  • Combined HR, payroll and pensions services
  • Pay, grading and reward
  • HR news and HR briefings

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Employee relations (ER)

With a rational pragmatic focus on schools HR resolution, we provide expert employee relations advice and guidance on:

  • Disciplinary, grievance and capability process
  • Sickness/special leave of absence
  • Restructures
  • Performance management implementation
  • Conflict resolution
  • Contracts of employment
  • Policies and procedures
  • Negotiating exit strategies
  • Trade union and employee consultation
  • ACAS conciliation

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Leadership Training and Coaching

Birch-HR provides client leadership and management training, facilitating a combination of workshops, training programmes and topical, scenario-based sessions. 

We provide training and coaching to equip leaders and managers with enhanced skills, confidence and knowledge which will help to:

  • Embed HR policies, employment law, culture change and best practice.
  • Reduce employee sickness absence.
  • Improve management performance, morale and productivity.
  • Develop and nurture future leaders and middle managers.
  • Assist with succession planning and talent management. 
  • Build a confident high performing team who are ready, skilled to motivate and lead others.

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Workplace Investigations

When workplace investigations on disciplinary, grievance, dignity-at-work, whistleblowing or other complaints benefit from independent external support, a dedicated senior HR consultant will be allocated to support you. Besides drafting the terms of reference (TOR), our HR consultant can also undertake the actual fact-finding in a fair and objective way and keep the process on track on your behalf. Skilled at gathering evidence, fact-finding, interviewing witnesses and presenting evidence at hearings and appeals, our investigators include former HR directors who have an excellent understanding of the complexities of formal HR processes and the sensitivities involved.

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Recruitment and Talent Management

You don’t need us to tell you that your people are your best asset. We understand how to help our clients plan and implement effective recruitment and talent management strategies, aligned with our education-specific HR knowledge. Let us help you navigate the most cost-effective advertising resources available, create an optimal candidate experience, attract the best talent and enable a fair, compliant and cost-effective recruitment and selection process.

We have the capacity to undertake executive search and head-hunting for leadership and other specialist posts such as CEO, CSEL, headteacher, HR director, finance director or strategic business manager. We will help you construct an efficient recruitment campaign; assess candidate key abilities, skills and behaviours via panel interviews and perform relevant tasks and psychometric testing to ensure you find individuals who will work coherently with your principles, ethos and job priorities. Support can also be provided for devising successful retention strategies and utilising relevant tools for planning and implementing staff surveys or exit interviews to develop a more positive workplace culture and reduce staff turnover.

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Transfer of Undertakings (protections of employment) Regulations (TUPE)

When workplace investigations on disciplinary, grievance, dignity-at-work, whistleblowing or other complaints benefit from independent external support, a dedicated senior HR consultant will be allocated to support you. Besides drafting the terms of reference (TOR), our HR consultant can also undertake the actual fact-finding in a fair and objective way and keep the process on track on your behalf. Skilled at gathering evidence, fact-finding, interviewing witnesses and presenting evidence at hearings and appeals, our investigators include former HR directors who have an excellent understanding of the complexities of formal HR processes and the sensitivities involved.

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Accredited Civil Mediation Council (CMS) Mediators

We have extensive experience of advising on the management and handling of the HR aspects of TUPE transfers, within individual schools, academies and across Multi-academy Trusts (MAT’s).

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Leadership Development Programme

This programme is for new, developing and aspiring leaders in education. There are three key themes: managing yourself, leading the team and leading across the school/MAT. The programme is high impact across 6 days, typically over 2 full-day sessions for 3 months. It focuses on using an effective coaching model to improve self-awareness and develop individual leadership skills. We can customise the programme for our clients.

High-impact leadership is a key element for the success of high-performing individuals and senior leadership teams in schools, academies and MATs. Over and above delivering fantastic teaching and curriculum excellence, our leadership and coaching programme develops the leaders and managers of tomorrow and avoids “team traps” that hinder high performance. This ultimately leads to improving outcomes for young people and the best leaders/managers.

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Change Projects

Our experienced and knowledgeable HR consultants can help you plan and implement your school or MAT change project. We can work as your HR team and/or alongside your internal HR team to deliver strategic change priorities by providing dedicated and qualified HR professionals to successfully deliver your change project. We have the relevant experience and knowledge to support the centralisation of support services, such as finance, estates, IT, HR and procurement. We can support the introduction of new terms and conditions, harmonisation, new pay and grading, trade union consultation, employee engagement and others. Our services include support with planning, project management and culture change, developing a robust performance management approach. We will support MATs with their leadership pay/benefit reviews and/or restructures.

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We look forward to arranging a convenient time to establish how we can best support your current leadership with the delivery of both current and future HR priorities.