HR Business Partner for Schools

  • The Thinking Schools Academy Trust, Portsmouth
  • Portsmouth

HR Business Partner for Schools

Job advert

TSAT F/G Scale £31,793 - £44,191 per annum (depending on experience)

37 hours per week, 52 weeks per year

Closing date for applications: Thursday 21st March (at Midday)


We are looking for a HR Partner for Schools to join our forward thinking, large Multi Academy Trust with 1250 employees across Portsmouth and Medway.


The Thinking Schools Academy Trust is a successful family of schools that work together to improve the life chances of all its children and young people.  Our Trust currently consists of 16 schools, 11 primary and 5 Secondary, based across the Portsmouth, Deal and Medway areas. The Trust was nominated for the TES Employer of the Year award in 2018, and is in the top 10 Multi-Academy Trusts in the country for GCSE performance.


Please click here for more information on our Trust and the role of the HR Business Partner for Schools.


As HRP you will provide efficient and effective HR support to our Leaders across our Schools in Portsmouth.


The post-holder will work closely with school senior leaders and the HR team, executing appropriate HR interventions to deliver TSAT strategy and objectives.


This role will focus on ER and policy related issues, coaching senior leaders with sound advice on how to manage this, providing a forward thinking and pragmatic approach to HR solutions as well as promoting sound practise.


The HR Partner for Schools will be a first point of contact for school leadership teams on HR policies and practices, offering advice and support as required. Leading on employee relations cases for your area, you will deal with disciplinary, grievance, absence management, performance, conduct and capability issues. The post-holder will lead on key change projects including restructuring and TUPE, whilst challenging practices and procedures to ensure that the HR service continues to add value and improves continuously.


You will be supporting the HR Leader on HR projects that support and enable the strategic priorities of the Trust.


This is a fantastic opportunity to join us at an exciting time for our HR team, as we bring our HR function fully in-house, and continue to develop the professional HR and Payroll services that we provide. This is a new role in which you will have the opportunity to shape the development of the HR function within a large, forward-thinking Multi-Academy Trust. The successful candidate will be joining a small, welcoming team who work closely together and enjoy supporting one another.


This position will be based in Portsmouth at our Trust Portsmouth Hub offices, located on the site of Meon Junior School.You will report directly to the Trust HR Leader r and will be responsible for supporting schools within the Portsmouth.


What you will need to succeed:

(please see the Job Description for full details)

  • Generalist HR experience including ER, TUPE, redundancy, disciplinary etc.
  • Experience within the education sector would be beneficial but is not essential
  • CIPD Level 7 qualification, or working towards this level
  • Hardworking individual, quick to learn and motivated to deliver a high level of support to our schools across Portsmouth.
  • Able to work quickly and efficiently in order to reach the best outcomes at all times
  • Good ICT skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Excellent working knowledge of current and future employment law
  • The ability to be versatile and resilient in challenging situations
  • Able to maintain confidentiality inside and outside of the workplace
  • Full driving licence
  • The ability to occasionally travel to Medway


What you will get from The Thinking Schools Academy Trust:

  • The opportunity to join a growing organisation during an extremely exciting time, with the opportunity for progression as the Trust grows in size
  • Membership to the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Employee benefit and childcare voucher schemes
  • The successful applicant will also have access to the local government pension scheme and an annual leave entitlement of 26 days, increasing to 30 after 5 years of service.
  • A competitive salary
  • A fun, hardworking and welcoming team who enjoy supporting each other
  • Vast support network from senior leaders within the school and our Trust
  • A 24/7 employee assistance programme which provides counselling and support / advice on a wide array of areas


If you are interested in joining our growing Multi-Academy Trust and developing your career, please apply today!


Closing date:             Thursday 21st March at Midday

Interviews:                 Friday 29th March


Early applications are encouraged and we reserve the right to close the vacancy early if a suitable candidate is found.


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.