Ellis Whittam’s four-pillar approach to Health & Safety, Employment Law and HR allows school leaders and trustees to meet responsibilities, confidently.
Based on our extensive experience working alongside independent schools and Multi-Academy Trusts, we have developed and refined a General Risk Assessment specifically for education providers. This provides a focused assessment of your Health & Safety Management, Facilities Management, Curriculum-Related Risk and School-Specific Risk.
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EXPERT SECTOR KNOWLEGE AND ADVICE
Specialist advice and support for education leaders
At Ellis Whittam we recognised that every organisation is different. But with specialist sector teams, you can benefit from the shared insight and expertise of our advisors, who support hundreds of other education establishments that will be facing similar challenges to you.
Education clients at Ellis Whittam benefit from:
- Specialist, dedicated advice from teams who understand education
- Education focused resources and templates that help you manage risk
- Independent Legal Expenses Insurance
“It is clear that we made the right decision in choosing Ellis Whittam as our HR partner. The advice received has been outstanding: responsive, with clear guidance and proactive support. In Ellis Whittam, we feel confident that we have the right HR support in place as we further develop the Trust.”
Darren Carpenter, Chief Operating Officer
Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust
Employment Law & HR
All of our specialist Employment Law Advisers from our dedicated Education Team have a strong background in the sector. They have an expert understanding of school leadership, governance and strategy and vast experience in taking even the best organisations to the next level.
Your named Employment Law Advisers will:
- Draft bespoke contracts, handbooks and policies that are legally-compliant and align with best practice for education providers
- Work with you to overcome all employment challenges, including disciplinary, grievance, sickness absence, performance and dismissal
- Provide solutions-focused advice on all types of matters concerning structural change, including TUPEs, contractual terms and conditions, and settlement agreements
With Ellis Whittam, qualified support is just a phone call away. Whether you require strategic advice, step-by-step guidance through a specific issue, or just the reassurance of a second opinion, we will help take the hassle and uncertainty out of complex and time-consuming employee issues, allowing you to focus on maintaining and improving educational standards.
Health & Safety
Managing risk, especially where children are involved, requires the expertise of an experienced health and safety professional. As an approved partner of the Institute of School Business Leadership, we are best placed to support you in creating a safe working environment.
Your dedicated Health & Safety Consultant will:
- Act as one of your legally-required competent persons to support you in meeting the requirements of health and safety legislation
- Create a bespoke Health & Safety Policy and Employee Health & Safety Handbook tailored to your organisation
- Conduct an on-site General Risk Assessment specifically developed for education providers and work with you to develop a Prioritised Action Plan
At Ellis Whittam, we don’t believe in merely performing audits and handing back reports; we are committed to providing the best quality hands-on support and will work with you to implement practical solutions. Our comprehensive approach will allow you to confidently meet your legal obligations and protect those affected by your activities.
“I am so glad we changed to EW. The service is brilliant – they really know all the ins and outs of supporting schools.”
The Manchester Grammar School
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Whichever service you use, our highly qualified advice teams will form the bedrock of your relationship with EW. You get named advisers, ensuring the support and advice you get remains consistent and from people who understand your business.
Employment Law Advice
Fast, pragmatic, commercial. Our Employment Law and HR advice line gives you and your managers access to truly unlimited advice on all of your people-related challenges, from the seemingly straightforward to the most complex.
Health & Safety Advice
Need a steer on risk assessment, help unpacking legislation, or guidance on your COVID controls? With our unlimited advice line support, you can relieve the pressures of regulatory compliance and dramatically reduce risk.
95% Client satisfaction rate - 97% Client retention rate
Experts in education
Why choose us?
What makes us unique is that we combine the service quality of a law firm with the certainty of fixed-fee services to provide expert, solutions-focused Employment Law, HR and Health & Safety support tailored to your organisation.
Our people are the basis of our service. They are the reason why we have a 95% client satisfaction rate and an annual client retention rate of 97%.
Our education experts help organisations leaders like you to:
- Proactively solve problems;
- Ensure regulatory compliance; and
- Achieve organisational objectives.
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