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HR Officer - Bedford - Secondary School

Job Description

Overview: Dunbar Education is seeking a qualified and experienced HR Officer to join our team at a reputable Secondary School in Bedford. The ideal candidate will possess a minimum of 6 months of UK education sector experience and will be responsible for managing various aspects of human resources within the school environment. This position offers an exciting opportunity for an individual with a passion for education and HR management to contribute to the success and development of our educational institution.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Recruitment and Selection:

    • Coordinate the recruitment process for teaching and non-teaching staff, including advertising vacancies, shortlisting candidates, and conducting interviews.
    • Ensure compliance with legal requirements and school policies throughout the recruitment and selection process.
    • Maintain accurate records of staff recruitment, appointments, and contracts.
  2. Employee Relations:

    • Provide advice and guidance to staff and management on HR policies, procedures, and employment legislation.
    • Handle employee grievances and disciplinary matters in accordance with school policies and legal requirements.
    • Foster positive employee relations and promote a supportive and inclusive working environment.
  3. HR Administration:

    • Manage HR administration tasks such as maintaining personnel files, updating employee records, and processing payroll information.
    • Prepare and distribute HR-related documentation, including contracts, letters, and policies.
    • Ensure compliance with data protection regulations and maintain confidentiality of HR information.
  4. Training and Development:

    • Identify training needs within the school staff and coordinate training sessions and workshops accordingly.
    • Support the implementation of performance management processes, including appraisals and professional development plans.
  5. Policy Development and Compliance:

    • Assist in the development and review of HR policies and procedures to ensure compliance with statutory requirements and best practice.
    • Keep abreast of changes in employment legislation and advise on implications for school policies and practices.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • A minimum of 6 months of experience working in a HR role within the UK education sector.
  • Knowledge of relevant HR legislation, policies, and procedures.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build effective relationships at all levels.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in HR software and Microsoft Office applications.

Desirable Skills:

  • CIPD qualification or working towards CIPD accreditation.
  • Experience working within a school or educational setting.
  • Understanding of safeguarding procedures and child protection legislation.


  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience.
  • Opportunities for professional development and training.
  • A supportive and collaborative working environment within a reputable educational institution.

If you meet the requirements outlined above and are passionate about making a positive impact in the field of education through effective HR management, we encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity to join our team at Dunbar Education.