This network is for staff in member colleges who are responsible for HR functions including recruitment, retention, HR policies, staff welfare, managing absence, redundancies and restructuring.
Network meetings take place on Zoom three times per year. At each meeting we include an employment law update with our employment lawyer Alice Reeve, to update members on case law and relevant HR issues and answer questions from network members.
Table of contents
This is a free online HR networking event for Natspec members, which includes an update on employment law.
This is a free online HR networking event for Natspec members.
Employment law updates
The employment law update, given by Alice Reeve from Veale Wasborough Vizards, is recorded at each meeting. Recent recordings can be viewed using the links below.
Every year Natspec undertakes a salary benchmarking exercise. Members who take part in this exercise receive full results of the salary range and median salaries for the following job roles:
Education Staff: CEO / Principal, Deputy Principal, Senior Leadership/Dept Head, Senior/Lead Tutor, Tutor, Support Worker/LSA, Quality Manager, Transition Manager, Student Welfare Officer
Office and Admin staff: Business/Marketing Manager, Recruitment/Admissions Officer, Administration Officer, Finance Officer
Care Staff: Care Manager / Residential Manager, Deputy Care Manager, Lead or Senior Residential Support Worker, Residential Support Worker
Therapy Staff: Clinical services manager/Head of therapies, Highly specialist/lead physiotherapist, physiotherapist, Highly specialist/lead occupational therapist, occupational therapist, Highly specialist/lead speech and language therapist, speech and language therapist, Highly specialist/lead creative arts therapist, creative arts therapist, Therapy assistant/associate practitioner/technician/apprentice, Psychologist, Psychology Assistant, Counsellor.
Natspec collects college HR policies from the websites of member colleges, and makes these available to HR network members so that they can be used as examples when colleges are creating or updating policies.
Specialist colleges must make certain policies publicly available as a requirement of their ESFA funding contract or as an expectation of inspection agencies such as Ofsted, Estyn or CQC. The policies that would normally be expected to be published include information on safeguarding, admissions, curriculum, behaviour, remote education, complaints, discipline/grievance, bullying, emergency evacuation, personal care, visitors, and equalities.
Network members share job descriptions in order to support each other during recruitment. The library of job descriptions is growing and examples can be viewed or downloaded for college principal, various education staff roles, finance and business administration staff, health and therapy roles, and care staff.
Natspec jobs board
Member colleges receive discounted access to advertise vacant roles on the Natspec website.