HR Support for Schools

Schools have changed.  As a head teacher, or school business manager, you know that today you have to take on many of the specialist tasks that were once managed by the LEA. You also know that you’re not at expert in these areas, for example, Human Resources  (HR).

Yet, you have pressing HR needs

You need to recruit the right people.  You need to create the right contracts of employment, handle salaries, absence and performance issues effectively and take control of all the things that people in HR do.

What you need is expert HR support

Ideally, you need expert HR support from a company that understands schools and their unique needs.

Welcome to DOHR

We are a one-stop shop HR practice, providing HR support and consultancy services to schools on a bespoke basis.

We work with school leaders to identify the specific support needed whilst remaining mindful of the budget available.

As a cost conscious manager, you want to pay for the HR support you need, not what you are given.  At DOHR we work as part of your senior management team to provide excellent HR support for your school.

We can supply:

  • HR administration, including contracts of employment, HR letters for sickness, absence and maternity leave
  • Support by telephone and email for all HR issues; additionally we can work with you on site for disciplinary, grievance or interview purposes
  • HR consultancy: developing bespoke policies and procedures specific to your school’s HR needs
  • A third party interface with payroll, occupational health, health & safety and training providers
  • Other relevant support as agreed with you.

As a Head Teacher, Trustee or school Governor, you are very familiar with curriculum development, behaviour management and whole school planning but, until recently, HR was handled by other people – often by the LEA. Today, you may be finding that HR is something that you, as a school leader, are being asked to get involved with more often.

To deal effectively with HR, you need an HR resource you can call on when you need it. At DOHR we know all about HR. We also know about schools and how to handle HR in schools.  We can work with you on all your school’s HR issues, including:

Employment issues

We can draw up contracts of employment when you employ new staff, and ensure that all your contracts are created in a consistent manner. We can write and regularly update your staff handbook, so that your staff members will always know the procedures to follow when they need to inform you that they will be absent because they are ill, or when they need to take time off to deal with an urgent family or personal issue.

People management

You have a duty of care for your employees and an obligation to deal with staff in a fair and consistent manner, whilst ensuring that all your management procedures comply with current legislation. We can draw up your procedures for managing your staff. We can also help when you implement your procedures and have queries and questions about how to deal with specific situations.

Managing poor performance

You do your best to help your staff members to improve their performance, but you also need procedures for dealing with staff who consistently under-perform. You need a process for managing disciplinary and grievance matters, including an approach to dealing with staff members and their union representatives and, in some cases, a strategy to help you to prepare for an employment tribunal. We can help you to manage all of these situations in a professional way.

HR administration

We know how stretched your administrative resource is and how time consuming HR reporting can be. At DOHR we can help. We can send out requests for references and contracts of employment. We can ensure that sickness and absences are monitored and details reported.  We can also keep your personnel records up to date.


DOHR offer a range of services to help head teachers and school leaders to manage HR successfully.

When you work with DOHR we will help your senior team to identify your specific HR requirements. We will then offer support tailored to address your identified HR needs.  We will advise you on HR issues and help you to deal with them in accordance with best practice, your school policies and employment legislation.

So What Should You Do Now?

Pick up the ‘phone and call 01923 866040 today to arrange a free onsite meeting to discuss your specific HR support needs.

Alternatively you can email us at and ask us to call you.
Take action now, and get access to the HR support you need for your school.