At Wurkplace, we know working in Education can be very rewarding, but it also comes with its own set of difficulties. Having good HR, Health & Safety and Online Training services and help ease these difficulties in education by ensuring your staff are trained appropriately, well managed and reducing the risk of workplace accidents.

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We have been using Wurkplace for our HR and Health & Safety and our experience has been very positive. Their consultants took the time to get to know our school, gave us personalised recommendations and helped us to implement their solutions – making HR and Health & Safety seem easy!

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Education HR

What are the top HR issues relating to the Education sector?

  1. Training/Developing Staff – Working in education can pose many challenges, having staff who have completed extensive training courses can help them overcome any difficulties. Keeping up to date with the latest technology and methods of teaching is a key part of education HR but can sometimes be overlooked.

    It’s not just teachers, but all members of staff who interact with students that benefit from further development in their role. Our huge variety of online (and on-site) training courses can help your staff flourish.

  2. Compliance and Data Protection – Anyone working with children or vulnerable groups must have pre-employment checks, like DBS. These checks ensure the safety of students, revealing individuals criminal convictions, relevant information from the police and if they have any reprimands/cautions.

    It is HR’s responsibility to ensure compliance with these checks and ensure personal details remain private and confidential. The bespoke HR paperwork and online HR software that Wurkplace provides makes compliance and data protection easy!

  3. Recruitment and Retention – Not only do many teachers and other staff go from school to school often, but many people in the education sector leave the profession due to the challenges it can present. This can negatively affect schools finances and cause disruptions.

    It can often be challenging to recruit the right staff for your school, but we have a solution! Our HR system aids in the recruitment process (by tracking, comparing and inducting applicants) and our personal HR service makes employees feel valued, which can reduce staff turnover.

Here at Wurkplace, we provide bespoke, outsourced HR support services to the education industry – Working in education can be so satisfying and at times difficult, which is why HR can sometimes take a back-seat. We can provide HR support and guidance on a retainer or ad-hoc basis, whatever works best for you!

Our team of HR Consultants can help with:

  • Providing a Full HR Audit – Initially, we will conduct a full audit of all your workplace HR policies, procedures and documents. Our consultants will then give you an action plan, with their personal recommendations for your school, college or university.

  • Creating Bespoke Handbooks and Contracts – Our HR consultants will provide your education employees with contracts and handbooks that are tailored to them, ensuring full compliance with DBS and other pre-employment checks.

  • Online HR System – We use an innovative online system which automates all HR work, creating more time for your employees to focus on education. It also tracks staff performance and attendance, stores all your important documents in one place (it has read receipts – providing proof employees have agreed to terms of employment, etc) and helps with the recruitment process.

  • HR Training – We have both on-site and online training courses that can be personalised for your specific school, ensuring your staff can deal with students appropriately and with ease. For example our Lockdown Procedures in Schools course and safeguarding children/adults training.

  • Keeping Up to Date – Every month, our consultants will update you and your employees with new or changing education HR regulations and legislation.

  • Advice on Employment Law – We can help deal with employment law in the education sector. Our consultants can aid with sickness & absence, disciplinary matters, grievances, immigration, probation periods and much more!

  • Legal Expenses – Wurkplace can provide insurance up to the sum of £100,000 (as an optional extra).

Do you need help with HR or Health and Safety in Your Education Business?

Education Health and Safety

What are the top Health and Safety issues facing the education sector?

  1. Slips, Trips and Falls in the Workplace – Working with children can be chaotic at times, one of the biggest issues in education settings is when moving around the premises. Slipping, tripping and falling over things in schools is common with both staff and students, and knowing how to deal with it is essential. Wurkplace’s Health and Safety slips, trips and falls training can reduce this risk in your school!

  2. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) – Science lessons can often involve substances that are potentially dangerous to students, teachers and technicians like harsh chemicals. Having the right training to handle these substances allows for safer classrooms. Additionally, some older school buildings may contain asbestos, which can be very dangerous. Our COSHH and Asbestos training ensures these substances are handled and dealt with safely.

  3. Display Screen Equipment (DSE) – Both students and teaching staff will regularly use DSE, like PCs/laptops, projectors and interactive whiteboards – This can cause posture issues, eye strain and fatigue. Using these technologies is a key part of many teaching methods – We can help you to reduce these risks with our risk assessments and DSE training.

Wurkplace also provides bespoke, outsourced Health and Safety support services to the education industry. In education, both the school management team, headteacher and employer have a responsibility for the Health and Safety of staff and pupils. We can take the pressure off your shoulders, with our tailored Health and Safety policies and procedures that ensure legal compliance.

Our Health and Safety Consultants can help you with:

  • Initial and Annual Health & Safety Audits – We will review your schools current Health and Safety policies and assessments, then create a custom action plan. This will ensure all your procedures and documentation are legally sound and compliant.

  • Visiting School/University Premises – Our Health & Safety consultants are able to visit your site regularly, ensuring our services are satisfying all your Health and Safety needs.

  • Occupational Health Issues – We have our very own qualified nurse to help deal with any occupational health problems that may occur at your school. Our team can help with occupational health referrals, medical screening, sickness management, physio and much more!

  • Education Risk Assessments – Providing bespoke risk assessments in the educational setting (including fire and COSHH assessments) allows for better identification and control of potential risks to both staff and students.

  • Health & Safety Training – We have an extensive library of online and on-site training for Health and Safety that is customised to your school setting (e.g. slips, trips and falls training). This ensures staff can handle any situation thrown at them and can aid you in gain ISO certifications. 

Education Health & Safety and HR Training

Finally, Wurkplace offers an extensive range of on-site and online HR and Health & Safety training courses, to the education sector! Working with students can pose many challenges, our training can help your staff to develop the right skills to handle these challenges. All of our courses are IOSH, RoSPA and CPC approved.

Our Health & Safety and HR training relating to the education sector are:

If you want more information on Education HR or Health & Safety, call us on 0330 400 5490 or fill in our contact form.
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