We're proud to say that out approach brings very favourable comments from our clients. Here's what some of them had to say.
As a newly developing and growing Trust, we have been delighted with the support given to us by FusionHR. Any issues are dealt with in a highly professional manner. Our advisor works with our Trust very closely and will always respond in a timely manner. This excellent support is invaluable when Heads of School or the Central Team raise HR concerns. It does not matter if the issues are small and simple or more complex, they are all responded to quickly. Every school leader needs the team at Fusion!
Sue Vickerman, Chief Executive Officer, Inspire Partnership Multi-Academy Trust
Since joining FusionHR I have been constantly impressed by the positive, pro-active responses to our HR issues. Having not one but two named advisors means that I always know I can access high quality advice and support when I really need it. The speed of response time is always excellent and I know that the advice I receive is practical and tailored to the needs of my school. We have really valued and enjoyed working with FusionHR and feel completely confident that we have the best support possible when navigating the frequently complex waters of managing people and their issues!
Elaine McLellan, Headteacher, Broadgate Primary School
Fusion’s HR service is excellent. As a Primary Academy they support us with both education-specific and commercial advice that helps us achieve the best outcomes for the school. Having a dedicated advisor that we can speak to makes us feel like they are part of our team and the rest of the Fusion HR family are just as supportive and are there to help when needed. They’ve helped us plan, prepare and deliver on a range of projects which has greatly enhanced the academy's ability to drive forward. Their support, guidance, knowledge and insight is always timely and hugely influential to all those in positions of leadership at St. James. We feel valued and enjoy a very positive working relationship.
Glyn Denton, Headteacher, St James CE Primary Academy
FusionHR, through their working practice and the staff they employ have a full understanding of the HR Advisory and Legal requirements needed by schools. Changes in employment legislation and policies and procedures are all dealt with quickly and professionally and in a way that can be easily understood without the ‘legal terminology’. FusionHR have been a key player in helping us to positively address the issues we have, thus allowing us to move forward for the benefit of our students and their future life opportunities.
Andrew Taylor, Headteacher, Parkside Secondary School
Fusion have supported our academy several times with occupational health issues. The most recent was a management referral for an employee who is struggling with a health issue. Fusion sent out a very clear referral form that asked exactly what we wanted to know about the employee’s illness and fitness for work. The resulting report included very detailed information about the illness and suggestions for adjustments in work patterns to accommodate a speedy recovery for the employee with minimum disruption to our organisation. The outcome for us has been that our employee is back at work for a partial timetable and adjusted duties – which is very helpful.
Faz Islam, Headteacher, St. Michael’s CE Academy
Fusion have been providing HR Business Partner and HR Admin support to BDAT since the Trust was formed in 2012. A rigorous tender process was undertaken in early 2016 and FusionHR was awarded the Trust-wide contract to provide support to the central team and all academies. In all our dealings with Fusion we have found the advice and guidance to be timely, relevant and effective. Complex HR issues are dealt with in a compassionate, efficient manner and with the urgency required. Whichever HR Business Partner we talk to, we are always given options and recommendations from people who understand the ethos of the Trust and how the Trust works. Fusion are good at highlighting the risk of a particular course of action and then at mitigating the risk to the Trust. The approach is always calm, measured and personal. The HR Admin support is very efficient with contracts and documentation completed accurately and in good time. Support from the Business Partners to the recruitment process for key appointments is first class. Professional development courses put on by Fusion are apposite, informative and good value. We have developed a strong partnership with Fusion at many levels and look forward to continuing the partnership into the future.
Peter Thompson, Director of Operations, Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust
FusionHR have been really supportive in helping us to positively address the challenges we’ve had. They bring a focused and efficient perspective whilst also offering options; they advise the best approach to take but most importantly they are flexible enough to work with you to achieve the best outcome for your school, whether that’s handling a complex restructure or a retention/exit strategy. Their comprehensive knowledge of the education sector and high quality legal expertise provides an essential sounding board and they are quick to respond to any query, which gives me complete peace of mind.
Janet Sheriff, Headteacher, Prince Henry's Grammar School
Thank you very much for the great service and support Fusion continues to provide; it really is great!
Sally Fox, Headteacher, Pool-in-Wharfedale CE (VC) Primary School
The support Fusion supplied was outstanding. They enabled me to implement a significant restructure extremely quickly ensuring that I stayed within the law and by providing templates for all documents which helped the speed of delivery. There was always someone to take a call when I hit a particularly thorny issue or just needed some support and their calm reassurance that it was possible to deal with all eventualities provided much needed reassurance.
Moira Green, Headteacher, Darlington School of Maths and Science
Fusion's counselling service and in particular Christine is of great support to our school and I am grateful that we have access to this fantastic service.
Tracy Nash, HR Manager, Wakefield Horbury Academy
Probably the most empowering and inspiration training session I have ever attended (Leadership Bootcamp)
Lesley Burton, Business Manager, St John's Church of England Primary School
The training today has given me invaluable new method of working and leading which will help me a great deal as an NQT. (Leadership Bootcamp)
Adam Garrett, Early Years' Teacher, St Edmund's Nursery School and Children's Centre
FusionHR are education specialists, who provide great commercial advice appropriate for Multi-Academy Trusts. Having an HR Advisory who understands the HR implications of running a Trust is a huge asset. Being able to oversee the Trust as one entity helps to maintain consistency and keep policies across the Trust in line and manageable. Alongside this, the individual support for each school is essential, allowing the leadership team to access a service that is consistent across the Trust and that they know they can rely on.
Rachel Kidd, Principal, Dixons Allerton Academy
The staff are very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful and will respond within 2 hours if you need urgent advice. The service includes excellent HR templates and downloads, briefing sessions and a HR audit which is extremely useful. They keep us up to date with all employment law changes and have come on-site when needed. The staff have worked in education so are very experienced in school policies and procedures and are really supportive in matters regarding disciplinary procedures.
Chris Parfitt, Headteacher, Fagley Primary School
Tong High School have subscribed to FusionHR support since early 2010. We have found the relationship with Fusion to work very well– they know our school and senior team well, and have built excellent relationships with the in house HR department and the senior team. Fusion have provided us with an excellent advice service and timely support to our varying needs which range from second opinion to full HR support dependent on the case and have also provided tailored training to meet our staff development needs. Fusion and are able to work with us flexibly, to tight deadlines and always to a highly professional and efficient standard. I would have no hesitation in recommending their services. Please contact me if you require any further information.
Geraldine Lever, HR Manager, Tong High School
I can vouch for FusionHR in effectively supporting school in all aspects of human resources. We have found them to be extremely efficient and effective in meeting our very individual schools needs. This is helped by having one person to contact who quickly responds to any query however big or small. I trust advice given and this is crucial when dealing with complex staff issues. Over this past year we have updated policy and procedures and we have valued the advice and support given to the staff as a whole when making changes to improve our own school systems. Having all aspects of HR relating to staff online makes it easy to set up new starters and to track a member of staff’s history of employment. The online system is easy to follow and is very efficient. We have valued the training given by Fusion which has been tailor made to suit our schools training needs. For example, all SLT received training on the new appraisal procedures and whole staff training on Managing Staff Attendance have taken place. I can highly recommend any school moving to Fusion as their HR provider.
Lynda Florence, Headteacher, Hoyle Court Primary School
FusionHR are fabulous, they are calm, they think outside the box and they adjust their working style to compliment yours. For me their expert knowledge of education provides that essential second opinion. Education is a complex and fast moving sector. FusionHR provide ﬁrst class employee relations advice as well as practical solutions that can best ﬁt your school. In the past, I have used my own solicitor for legal advice and so I was apprehensive about changing, but their employment lawyers’ knowledge of education and legal conditions is unprecedented. I would have no hesitation in recommending FusionHR for tip top HR solutions.
Sandy J Watkins (FCIPD), HR Manager, Thornton Grammar School
Fusion delivered training for governors and management on disciplinary procedures, a potentially dry subject but everyone found it both informative and entertaining! The presentation was clear using real situations, the facilitator engaged the audience with her style of presentation and the way she involved the governors. She left governors and management feeling confident in their understanding of the procedures and feeling it had been precious time well spent.
Nicola Roth, Headteacher, Lilycroft Primary
The support Fusion has provided over the last 6 years has been essential in helping us to keep our H&S documentation compliant and gain our CHAS status. The H&S Policy, Arrangements, Method Statements and Risk Assessments have been annually reviewed and we have got through our CHAS application with ease. The Company has also provided us with ad hoc HR advice over the years, which has given us great peace of mind knowing that we have experts to call upon when a difficult employment matter occurs. They provide excellent straightforward HR and Health and Safety advice and are always on hand to answer any queries.
Jason Foster, Managing Director, Industrial Door Solutions Ltd
FusionHR have been an integral part of our business since we became incorporated as a social enterprise in 2011.
They have guided myself and the team through various HR processes and provided a professional and supportive service throughout. Having a good working relationship with an HR account manager who really understands your business and team has been invaluable.
Not only have they provided operational support but have worked alongside the Executive Management team to develop strategic workforce planning and have advised the Chair and Board of Non-Executive Directors on occasions.
I have had no hesitation in recommending the services of FusionHR to other business associates within the social enterprise sector.
Gina Rowlands, Managing Director, Bevan Healthcare CIC
HR is a minefield. Monitoring everything is difficult and my time needs to be spent developing the business. I love the way FusionHR work and I’ve just extended my contract to include all administration work as well as HR support. They provide really good practical advice and nothing is too much trouble. They present me with a solution not an issue. They’re always quick to respond and for me it is a huge relief to be able to hand everything over and be confident that it will all get sorted, absence management, contracts and occupational support.
Andy Allman, Managing Director, HPE Process Limited
It’s essential as a National Tour Operator that we maintain our CHAS accreditation. Fusion have helped us gain our CHAS status each year and more importantly made sure we are compliant with all the Health & Safety Regulations that we need to be. We have an annual review to make sure that we have everything covered and up-to-date and then they’re always at the end of the phone if we need them. The support Fusion provides means we don’t have to worry about regulations and they’ll always keep us up-to-date with any changes that might impact us. H & S Policies, Method Statements, Risk Assessments are all taken care of and the advice is simple to understand and follow. It’s a weight off our minds.
Andy Nichols, Oakleaf Coaches