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Senior HR Advisor (Schools)

  • Employer: London Borough of Lewisham
  • Reference: LEW/23/259865
  • Published: Wed 25/10/2023, 16:49 PM
  • Closing on: Thu 23/11/2023, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: To be confirmed
  • Salary: £43,701 - £45,711 per annum (PO3)
  • DBS Check: No
  • Workplace: Hybrid
  • Location: Laurence House, Catford SE6 4RU, Lewisham

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Senior HR Advisor (Schools)

Discover yourself in Lewisham where what you do makes a difference to our vibrant and culturally diverse communities!

We have a rich history of welcoming people from all over the world and are proud to be recognised as the UK’s first Borough of Sanctuary, for our work in championing the rights of refugees and migrants.


Are you an experienced HR Advisor, a confident communicator, and a good team player?  Do you want to join our Schools' HR Team, working with a group of schools across the borough to provide a professional HR Advisory service, dealing with a range of employment legislation and HR policies and processes?  If so, we would like to hear from you. 

What’s the role ? 

Providing a high-quality HR Advisory service to Headteachers, Senior Leaders, Governing Bodies and School Business Managers. Working closely with these customers on a range of HR/employee relations topics. Attending meetings at schools and virtually to support and advise in complex cases - for example Disciplinary, Performance, TUPE.  Lead on some assigned projects, working closely with colleagues and schools to meet specific requirements and deadlines.

What’s in it for you? 

Excellent training and development opportunities, plus a range of benefits including:

  • Generous holiday allowance 
  • Local Government Pension scheme 
  • Flexible working and family friendly policies 
  • Season ticket and bicycle loans 
  • A range of staff discounts including local subsidised gym memberships 
  • Supportive staff networks

What we’re looking for 

We are looking for an experienced HR Advisor (schools experience would be desirable but not essential) with a sound knowledge of employment legislation and policies, to work with Senior Leaders in schools across the borough, providing guidance and support on a range of complex matters. You will be able to understand legislation and policies and be confident in advising customers of practical application in the workplace.


The job is primarily based in Laurence House, Catford, London, but we operate a hybrid approach where you will be required to work both in the office, at schools and from home on a regular basis.

Special conditions

  • CIPD or relevant HR Advisory experience  
  • Attend meetings in schools
  • The recruitment process is anonymous and we don’t accept CV’s.

Applicant handbook - please read the guidance in this handbook when applying. It is essential that you complete the application fully and that your supporting statement covers how you meet each of the person specification criteria listed. 

For an informal discussion about this job, please contact Chris Maher -

To find out more, including a full job description and person specification, and to apply, please visit the Lewisham Council website


£43,701 - £45,711 per annum (PO3)

N.B: All appointments will be offered at the minimum spinal column point (SCP) for the grade of the role. The only exception to this will be when matching current salary (up to the maximum of the scale), which is subject to evidential proof.


Lewisham Council is a Disability Confident employer. We welcome and encourage job applications of all abilities. If you require any reasonable adjustments in the application or interview, please contact the lead contact on this advert. We will make reasonable adjustments to make sure our disabled applicants and those with health conditions are supported throughout our recruitment process. We support the access to work scheme, further details are available at 

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