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How to: run an effective HR review panel


At a glance

This module will support you through the process and general principles of running an effective HR panel. As there are so many types of HR panel this module does not cover them all, so the aim is to give you an approach which you could apply to any HR panel.

You will cover:

what an effective review panel looks like
the regulatory frameworks
the process and timelines for panels
what is expected of you and others
how to prepare for an effective panel and the steps to be taken afterwards
the basis on which a decision should be made
Study time

45 minutes

Certificate upon completion

Module description

Governing boards at all types of school are required to adopt employment policies and procedures. From time to time the board may need to establish panels to exercise its functions relating to the pay, grievance, conduct and discipline, capability, suspension or dismissal of individual members of school staff.

Using a step-by-step walk-through approach and a case study of an example review panel, this module will support you through the process and general principles of an effective HR panel.

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    • “Clear explanations of the process and roles. The case study was particularly helpful for consolidating knowledge.”

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    • "These new Learning Link modules on panels are very helpful and provide good resources for all concerned, particularly clerks."


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    • "Easy to follow and understand and not overly time consuming to complete the module.”


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      Who developed this programme?

      Paul Aber
      Paul Aber

      Head of Training Development

      Paul leads and manages NGA’s face-to-face training, e-learning and development programmes. This includes recruiting, training and managing NGA’s team of consultants and trainers. Paul has many years’ experience of governance, including in maintained schools and academy trusts.

      Michael Barton
      Michael Barton

      Trust Governance Specialist and South West Regional Officer

      Michael specialises in trust governance, co-ordinating NGA's work with multi-academy trusts and producing tailored resources. He also leads NGA's work in the West Midlands, working closely with the region's trusts and local authorities.

      Claire Mitchell

      NGA Consultant

      Claire is an NGA consultant, delivers sessions for NGA Training, and facilitates on the NGA Leading Governance development programmes for chairs and clerks. Claire is passionate about supporting trustees and governors in their volunteer roles, and has a wealth of experience working in academy and maintained school settings. Claire has over a decade of experience within education and skills and has held a number of senior leadership roles within education, including managing ESFA funded learning provision in excess of £10 million for 150+ education and skills providers. Claire also has experience as a designated safeguarding lead.

      Erica Wilson

      NGA Consultant

      Erica is an NGA consultant, delivering training and facilitating the Leading Governance development programme for clerks. Erica trained as a local authority clerk and has been an independent clerk since 2013 and has worked with local authorities and academy trusts, developing and delivering training to clerks. She has extensive experience of clerking panels, disciplinary investigations and has served as a school governor herself.

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