People and culture

“Our fully qualified People and Culture team brings together expertise from across the education sector. When you require HR advice, you need a speedy response. Our personalised approach means schools enjoy unlimited email and telephone support with same-day response for urgent situations including parental complaints.”

Terri Patterson, People and Culture Director

Core Services Brochure April 2023


  • LDBS advocates for Church schools and staff with Unions, Local Authorities and other bodies


  • Template contracts and policies
  • Specialist HR support for partnerships and academisation
  • Regular personnel updates
  • School Business Manager conferences
  • Advice about the London Living Wage and accreditation process
  • Mediation and dispute resolution services (extra cost)

School Support:

  • Unlimited LDBS general phone and email advice
  • Up to 90 minutes legal advice in relation to any personnel matter (further advice and support at extra cost)
  • DBS checking service and counter-signatory service (£44 per application)

Further support available through Grow Education Partners which includes:

  • Employment law
  • Discipline and grievance procedures
  • Managing organisational change
  • Performance, capability and attendance management
  • Dealing with parental complaints
  • Establishing effective working relationships with trade unions
  • Terms and conditions for teaching and non-teaching staff
  • Negotiation of settlement agreements
  • Mediation between members of staff, parents and the school
  • TUPE in relation to outsourcing services and organisational change
  • Equality audits and audits of single central records and administrative systems

The cost of the Grow HR service is £1,071 – £7,283 p.a. depending on school size. Discounts for schools in partnership, federation or academy trust. 

Also available – please enquire about costs:

  • Preparation of documentation for, and attendance at, hearings
  • Preparation of contracts of employment (£88 – £504 p.a. depending on school size
  • Advice in relation to health and well-being support
  • Payroll services through our preferred supplier
  • Occupational health pay-as-you-go service through one of our partnerships
  • Free access to HR training courses

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