Schools HR (SEAT)

School Employment Advisory Team (SEAT)

With the cost of staffing at approximately 80% of the school budget, it is imperative that the school’s human resources are managed effectively.  Together we can ensure that human resource management supports the drive to raise standards and the quality of teaching and learning.

SEAT offers a comprehensive range of advice, guidance and support to Headteachers, managers and Governing bodies on all human resource management issues. 

Key areas of HR support include:
  • Grievance management
  • ACAS accredited Mediation service
  • Disciplinary management
  • Absence Management
  • Performance Management
  • Competency / Capability
  • Staffing restructures and reorganisations
  • Contract advice
'I just wanted to write to express my thanks for the support I have has helped me and the school through some incredibly tricky situations , many of which are on-going.... I would not have been able to move the school forward at such a pace without the support, patience and advice provided...I am now confident to take some very tricky situations forward knowing I am doing the right thing.'
Liverpool Primary Headteacher (2015)

The team

Team members are fully qualified HR professionals, affiliated to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and have a full understanding of School Teacher’s Pay and Conditions (STP&C) and Green Book conditions of service. 

With a proven track record working with schools and education establishments, including Academies, the team also brings a wealth of broader HR experience from the NHS trust, police and private sector organisations. 

The team is organised in a way that ensures that every school has a designated Adviser who is their first point of contact. 

Each Adviser not only builds relationships with schools, but also enables schools to work together on matters that are important in their area.

Policies and Procedures

This section contains the School Employment Advisory Team’s Policies and Procedures which have been consulted on with recognised Trade Unions within Liverpool for adoption.

Please note Policies and Procedures denoted as NEW are the most recent versions which the School Employment Advisory Team recommend for adoption within Schools if Governing Bodies have not already done so.


Terms & Conditions of Employment

Advisory Notes and Updates

Recruitment & Selection (including Contracts of Employment)

Job Evaluation

Job Evaluation Profiles and supporting documents can be found in our Resources Library