Based in Nottingham, Believe Academy Trust works with three academies across three different local authorities, serves more than 1,000 pupils and employs over 150 employees.
The trust has ambitious plans to continue evolving in the future to meet the ever-changing demands of the education sector, and prides itself on its ability to empower individuals while simultaneously working as a collective.
We spoke to Jo Clifton, Believe Academy Trust’s Head of HR, to see how we have supported their success.
We believe in providing proactive support to our customers allowing them to remain at the forefront of the education landscape. We play a central role in shaping the sector, and share our knowledge and insights with our customers.
“Prior to moving over to EPM, our HR, Payroll & Pensions provision was through the Local Authority. The main challenge was, the advice given was often reactive rather than proactive whereas at EPM they provide clear guidance in a timely manner.”
Here at EPM, our goal is simple: we want school leaders to spend their time focusing on education.
We help schools to keep on top of all the latest legislation and policy changes, and our easy-to-use portals, resources and support allow HR, Payroll & Pensions to be managed simply, quickly and efficiently.
“EPM allow us to plan in advance of new legislation and procedures being implemented. Using their portal to input payroll changes has made our processes more efficient and using their reports has allowed us to monitor budgets more effectively and reduce the occurrences of errors.
“The HR advice we receive is accurate and the website resources are extremely useful, saving us time.”
Dealing with issues such as grievances, absences and disciplinaries can be challenging. Our online resources, experienced advice and comprehensive support guides schools in a way that is both pragmatic and legally sound.
“We recently had a complex, high-profile staff investigation. EPM provided an investigating officer who provided advice and dedicated support throughout the investigation. The service provided was professional and any queries were responded to promptly.”
Every school that we work with is given a dedicated team with named contacts, allowing them to build a rapport with their advisor, and the wider team, allowing us to understand their specific needs.
“The HR team are very efficient and will always offer advice, providing the pros and cons of certain situations in order for us to make an informed decision. Our HR contact is very helpful, accessible and provides an excellent service.”
“A professional, proactive HR & Payroll service tailored to meet the needs of schools and academy trusts.”