HR Policies, Procedures and Guides

Because of the very specific nature of the governance and employment regulations in schools and academies we have produced an HR handbook for schools which is easily adapted by educational establishments for their setting.

For other sectors we can provide all of the policies, procedures, contracts, letters and templates that make up a comprehensive HR handbook but made specific for your place and the decisions of the owners of your business.

A typical comprehensive HR Handbook will give you all of the tools you need to make sure you are employing your staff fairly and fulfilling your legal obligations. Following a good set of procedures will reduce your risk of being taken to an employment tribunal or civil court. It will also increase staff satisfaction and staff retention whilst also giving you the confidence to deal with staff problems fairly but quickly.

A handbook will typically contain sections on:


  • Recruitment and selection
  • Pre – employment checks
  • Hours of work and working time
  • Contracts of employment
  • Induction and probation periods.

People management

  • Pay and grading
  • Performance management
  • Capability
  • Grievance
  • Managing absence
  • Managing stress


  • Code of conduct
  • Substance misuse
  • Discipline
  • Allegations against staff

Family Friendly Policies

  • Maternity
  • Adoption
  • Paternity
  • Time off and flexible working

Fairness at work

  • Communication and consultation
  • Equal opportunities
  • Whistle blowing
  • Harassment

End of employment.

  • Guide to the termination of employment for various reasons
  • Exit interviews
  • Retirement
  • Redundancy

Not all of these may be relevant to your business and you can ask for single polices or documents to suit your place.

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East Riding of Yorkshire
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Tel: 01482 866534

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