HR Officer

Start Date:
As soon as possible
Interview Date:
Pay Scale:
Salary: Band F (£30,127 - £37,691) - Full Time (36.5hrs pw), 52 Weeks
Forward Education Trust
Contract Type:
Closing Date for Applications:
02/11/2023 9:00 am



Salary:  Band F (£30,127 – £37,691)

Job Type: Permanent, Full Time (36.5hrs pw), 52 Weeks

Location: Forward Education Trust Head Office, Leycroft Avenue, Tile Cross, Birmingham, B33 9UF (with travel between school sites)

Start Date – As soon as possible


Forward Education Trust (FET) is a growing Multi-Academy Trust established in 2017 serving 7 special schools based in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull.  Following a strategic review of the Trust’s central services, we are undertaking an exciting transformation, with the HR team at the forefront of this organisational change.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is seeking to further develop their HR career and has the ambition to grow with the Trust.  Our central HR Department currently comprises of the Head of HR, this newly created role and 2 HR Support Officers, who work with our 7 academies.

Working closely with academies, you will provide a proactive people service whilst supporting the Head of HR to shape the people strategy for the future. In particular, you will act as an advisor to academy leaders, teachers and support staff, collaborate with teams within our academies, advising on employment practices, learning and development, pay and conditions, talent planning, absence and welfare and disciplinary and grievance matters. Equally importantly, you will drive profound change to ensure we comply with evolving legislation.

A CIPD-qualified professional or with relevant experience, you will bring sound generalist HR experience gained in a fast-moving environment. You will need experience of case management, the ability to interpret and apply guidelines, experience of advising leaders and have the experience to be able to define best practice. Familiarity with educational issues would naturally be useful, but your interpersonal, conflict resolution and influencing skills will be of far more importance.

Our Trust has a flexible approach to working, some home-working can be agreed but in order to build team rapport and effectively support our school teams, there should be an expectation that the role will be largely office-based.  We operate flexible working patterns, between 8am and 6pm.  We are also happy to consider part time and reduced hours, which will be assessed in line with operational requirements. Please do make us aware on application if you are requiring reduced hours.

Successful candidates will be subject to a fully Enhanced DBS check along with other relevant employment checks.  We want to support your continued personal & professional development, so candidates are encouraged to tell us about their ambitions.

If you would like to discuss the scope of the role, or your suitability for it, please make contact via Clare Kellet at Hays to arrange a meeting with FET Head of HR, Karen Clarke.  You can find useful information about Forward Education Trust and details about this role via this link.


Our Employee Value Proposition includes:


Teacher Pension or Support Staff Local Government Pension – Employer Contribution FET HUB – information all in one place, access to a range of benefits Paid for Health Cash Plan – employee and dependent children benefit – option to add partner
Employee Questionnaire – Consultation with staff on a range of issues and ideas Salary sacrifice scheme – Cycle to Work Scheme Access to the NHS approved Thrive App – to support mental health & well-being
Comprehensive induction and probation support and an ongoing performance management & appraisal system Easy purchase scheme (salary deduction) – Smart Tech in association with Currys Enhanced Employee Assistance Programme – free, totally confidential advice, with face-to-face consultations
Personal & professional learning & development – including FLICK online learning and other resources Access to discounts and offers from Reward Gateway and MyPerks Occupational Health Service – accessible to support the needs of individual staff
Staff recognition – e-cards to celebrate success among colleagues Mental Health First Aiders Policies being developed to support positive health & well-being: Family Friendly Working, Special Leave of Absence, Flexible Working, Menopause
Staff recognition – awards throughout the year, in line with Trust behaviours and values A commitment to develop new ideas to show we really value what you do for our children


Closing Date: 2nd November 2023

Interview Date: To be confirmed 

To apply, please contact Clare Kellet, Hays

M: 07986 783681



Applications are normally required on the Forward Education Trust application form but we will accept a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV) in order to short-list candidates.  A full application form will be required from short-listed candidates prior to attending an interview, as part of our commitment to safer recruitment to education.



To apply, please complete an application form and email it to

The Trust may review applications upon receipt and may call applicants for interview prior to the advert closing date. Therefore, you are encouraged to make an early application for this role and we reserve the right to close the vacancy earlier than the advertised closing date.

Please note that only fully completed Forward Education Trust Application forms will be accepted; we will not read accompanying Curriculum Vitae (CV) or accept them in place of an application form.

If you do not hear from the school within 14 days of the closing date, please assume that your application has not been shortlisted. The successful applicants will require an enhanced DBS check and will be subject to relevant pre-employment checks.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020

This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent spoken English is an essential requirement for this role.

 Forward Education Trust is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate must promote this ethos.

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