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School HR Advice and Guidance Service

Introducing the New Service

ODBE is delighted to be able to offer a new Human Resources service from September 2016. This is one of the additional services available to schools through the ODBE Service Level Agreement.

This new service is available initially to the first 25 schools who sign up. You have a choice of contracts, all providing excellent value for money. We will be continuing to develop the service as part of our flexible offer as well as developing partnerships and training to meet all your needs.

We have introduced this service in response to requests from schools who would like professional HR advice in line with Diocesan values. When you sign up to our service you will be a valued customer and partner. We can help you employ, support, develop and keep the best people for your school so that, in turn, you can provide the best experience for your pupils. You can talk issues through, check you are doing the right thing or get advice on how to proceed. We will advise on options and risks and suggest courses of action so you can make the best decision for your school.

We are offering this new service at a very competitive rate, making it excellent value for money. We hope you will find it meets your needs and look forward to working with you.

Why ODBE HR Advice and Guidance?

We will work alongside you as your trusted partner ensuring our service is distinctive and reflects our Christian ethos. We will support you on all aspects of HR in an honest, respectful way so that each child can receive the education they deserve. We will help you get the best from your staff, treating them fairly and with dignity to achieve positive outcomes.

Benefiting from a large HR team embracing different specialisms, including an Academies expert, we have all the skills and experience you would expect from your HR Advice provider. Being part of the ODBE we work closely with School Link Advisers. That means we will get to know your school’s needs really well and can provide a joined-up approach. We can also access additional specialist support on your behalf as required.

Your HR Adviser: Tim Barnett, FCIPD

Tim Barnett is an experienced HR adviser and a fully-qualified Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (Chartered FCIPD).

His HR expertise has been gained across a wide range of organisations in both the public and private sectors. These include Safeguarding and Children’s services, local government, the probation service, higher education and the private sector. He has also provided freelance consultancy to small companies and charities.

Tim is values-driven and results-focused with a passion for education. He particularly enjoys casework and helping organisations manage change at all levels.

Tim works as part of the experienced and professionally-qualified Diocesan HR team which is headed by Poli Shajko, Chartered FCIPD. Other members of the team are Lynn Collins, Susie Sigsworth and Pat Burton from the Oxford Diocesan Board of Finance, and Mark Jones and Ruth Jones from the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust.

For further details on how we can help you please ring Tim Barnett on 01865 208763, mobile: 07392 196095 or email:

What You Will Get
Advice and guidance

Our HR Advice and Guidance service gives you extensive advice by email, phone and face-to-face at your school in areas such as:

You will also receive

Discounted rates for our training


We also offer bespoke consultancy days. These can cover individual projects or particularly complex cases where it is agreed more than 30 hours of advice is required.

Partnership Benefits

Signing up to the ODBE Schools HR Advice and Guidance Service gives you access to a number of partnership benefits. We are actively working to expand this list in line with our schools’ wishes. Please contact us for further details.

HR Information System (HRIS) and Payroll Partner

ODBE is currently selecting an HRIS for implementation in April 2017. This will be available at cost to schools and you can opt to include a Payroll service giving you a cost-effective, joined up and reliable package.

Staff Absence Insurance

We are also able to offer you access to the favourable rates we have negotiated for Staff Absence Insurance.

What will it cost?
Annual Subscription

Excellent value for money covering all your advice needs throughout the year. Our HR Advice and Guidance service is charged at £30 per employee per year (based on the latest available headcount in post). There are no hidden charges and the total will be capped at the equivalent of your core service charge.

Early Bird rates are available for those signing up by Friday 9th December 2016. The Early Bird rate is £28 per employee, saving you £2.00 per employee.

Consultancy days are offered at a cost of £475 per day (£425 for Early Bird Advice and Guidance subscribers). These are available for a range of projects or for particularly complex individual issues where it is agreed more than 30 hours of advice is required. All charges will be agreed beforehand and prices can be discussed on a case-by-case basis for longer projects.

Charges are based on the calendar year commencing 1st April 2017. Agreements are also available until March 2019 and August 2019. Prices are guaranteed for the duration of the contract – so no matter how long you sign up for it will be the same great value price throughout. VAT is payable on all charges.

We are happy to answer your questions and meet with you without obligation to discuss your needs.

For further details on how we can help you please ring Tim Barnett on 01865 208763, mobile: 07392 196095 or email:

Try Before You Buy - Free HR Advice and Guidance!

Just call Tim Barnett on 07392 196095 to book a free 30 minute consultation to find a solution and let him demonstrate the expert service we offer.

In most cases the advice provided in the call will be all that you require. However, if your situation takes longer than 30 minutes to resolve he will advise you on what your next steps should be.

Please note, one Free HR Advice and Guidance service is available to each school or MAT and as employers only. Should you require advice as an employee we recommend you contact ACAS in the first instance (

Tim Barnett, Chartered FCIPD
HR Business Partner for the ODBE