Academisation: HR Considerations

Introduction

For those SBM’s and senior leaders who are considering becoming an academy or joining a multi academy trust (MAT) there are a mountain of things to consider across the areas of finance, human resources, payroll and pensions, and facilities management – many of which you may not have had responsibility for previously.

After helping over 200 schools make the transition to academy or MAT status Strictly Education were well placed to advise conference delegates on the key steps and considerations when embarking on this journey.

HR

Whether managing TUPE and the transfer of staff or addressing employee and union concerns you will be faced with a multitude of human resources questions – which if not handled carefully will have negative consequences.

As the new employer, an academy takes on the full legal responsibility for managing its staff. Therefore, from the start the key areas of workload are spread between conducting due diligence on outstanding staff disciplinary, grievance or injury claims, understanding employment policies, reviewing performance management and grading processes and conducting an actuarial evaluation of pension liabilities.

In addition, any material changes to working practices and conditions will need to be communicated and any staff and union concerns addressed.

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