Education Personnel Services

EPS staff profiles

Management Team


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Craig Dyson
Interim Head of Education Personnel Services
Craig has a background in HR across Education and Coal Mining and has worked for over twenty years as a consultant to Headteachers and Governors on a broad range of personnel issues. He has been instrumental in developing the Casework Team responsible for the provision of a wide range of casework support to schools, and Children’s Services on critical school improvement issues which have required a personnel input. He currently leads Education Personnel Services having been part of the senior management team since 1997. Craig managers the three leads for Policy & Development, Operations and Casework teams. As Head of Education Personnel Services,  he leads consultation with customer groups and is responsible for ensuring that customers receive a high quality service from EPS. Craig is a Chartered Member of the CIPD.

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Ashley Jefferies
Business Manager
Ashley has held business management positions within the private and public sector over the past 10 years. He previously worked within the financial services sector focusing on customer services, business development and continuous improvement prior to joining Hampshire County Council in 2007. Ashley currently leads the Operations Team, who have a broad remit which includes; customer relations, quality & service improvement, recruitment, training provision, financial management and the development of on-line information. Ashley and his team also administer Academy contractual and service specifications liaising with stakeholder groups throughout the transitional process. Ashley has a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA).

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Amanda Stevens
Schools HR Policy and Development Manager
Amanda has a background in Education and Social Care HR and has worked for many years as a consultant to Headteachers and Governors on a range of personnel issues.  She currently leads the Education Personnel Services Policy and Development team responsible for the development of school HR policy and guidance for customers, arising from changes in employment and education legislation and government policy and advice.  This role includes consultation with Headteachers, as well as with professional associations and trade unions, on behalf of Hampshire Headteachers and Governors, regarding amendments to the Manual of Personnel Practice.  Amanda manages two Strategic HR Advisers (Georgina Campbell and Sarah Hughes) who have areas of specialist focus within policy and guidance development. Amanda has an undergraduate honours degree in Business Studies, a postgraduate diploma and Masters in Personnel Management and has held positions with University of Portsmouth and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) as an External Examiner in respect of postgraduate personnel programmes.  Amanda is a Chartered Member of the CIPD.

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Simon Selwood
Schools HR Casework Manager
Simon has worked in Education Personnel Services for 14 years and previously held other HR positions with Hampshire County Council.  He has specialised in employee relations and pay related issues but in recent years has focused on developing our approach to casework.  He now leads our team of consultants who provide support and advice to school customers on employee relations casework issues.  Simon is a Chartered member of the CIPD.

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Mike Taylor
Education Personnel Adviser (Casework)
Mike has a background in HR across the Health Service and Local Government and has worked for over twenty years as a senior consultant in Education Personnel Services providing advice to Headteachers and Governors on a broad range of personnel issues. He has extensive experience in employee relations, including acting as an advisor at hearings and in pay and grading issues. Mike has over many years developed strong and positive relationships with Headteachers and governors. Mike is a member of the EPS Management Team. Mike has a post-graduate diploma in Management Studies and has successfully completed the professional qualifications for CIPD membership.

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Georgina Campbell
Strategic HR Adviser
Georgina has a background in Education, Voluntary and Fast Moving Consumer Goods sector HR issues and has worked for over 10 years advising Headteachers and Governors on a range of personnel issues. Georgina is a member of the EPS Management Team and works within the Policy and Development Team with a particular interest in safeguarding and terms and conditions of employment.  Georgina has a BSc in Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management.  Georgina is a Chartered member of the CIPD.

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Sarah Hughes
Strategic HR Adviser
Sarah has a background in both Education and Social Care HR over the last 14 years, including time working as a consultant advising Headteachers and Governors on a range of personnel issues. Sarah is a member of the EPS Management Team and works within the Policy and Development Team with a particular interest in employee relations, organisational development and recruitment and selection. Sarah has a postgraduate diploma in Personnel Management and a postgraduate certificate in Employment Law.  Sarah is a Chartered Member of the CIPD.

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Tina Jones
Strategic HR Adviser
Tina has worked in Education for 27 years and has been in Education Personnel Services for 20 years. Her interests lie in employee relations and she has worked at the “sharp end” as a consultant to Headteachers and governors on a wide range of personnel issues.  Tina is qualified to undertake psychometric testing to support recruitment processes of higher level roles in schools. Tina currently manages a team of caseworkers who provide advice and support to school customers in the East half of the county. Tina is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and a qualified psychometric tester.

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Ali Gurd
Strategic HR Adviser
Ali commenced her HR career with an HR Outsourcing Consultancy, advising Directors and Managers in small and medium sized enterprises on all aspects of HR casework & projects across various industries & sectors. This gave Ali a passion for customer focused solutions from the onset; something which has carried through to her time in EPS with whom she is now in her 5th year. Ali is an advocate of the ‘risk assessed options’ approach for customers, and currently manages a team of Casework Consultants who are responsible for advising our schools customers in the West of the county.  Ali studied Business Management as part of her BSc Hons degree in Equine Science, is CIPD qualified and is also a member of the Chartered Management Institute.

 

Casework Team - West


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Ali Gurd
Strategic HR Adviser
Ali commenced her HR career with an HR Outsourcing Consultancy, advising Directors and Managers in small and medium sized enterprises on all aspects of HR casework & projects across various industries & sectors. This gave Ali a passion for customer focused solutions from the onset; something which has carried through to her time in EPS with whom she is now in her 5th year. Ali is an advocate of the ‘risk assessed options’ approach for customers, and currently manages a team of Casework Consultants who are responsible for advising our schools customers in the West of the county.  Ali studied Business Management as part of her BSc Hons degree in Equine Science, is CIPD qualified and is also a member of the Chartered Management Institute.

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Lorna Reeve
Senior HR Adviser

Lorna has worked in HR for over 10 years within both Central and Local Government. She has worked for the Ministry of Defence in a number of HR consultancy and Learning and Development roles advising Senior Management on a range of HR and training issues.  Lorna moved to Hampshire County Council in 2005 to support the implementation of a new pay and grading structure for support staff before moving to Education Personnel Services in 2010 where she now provides specialist HR consultancy advice and guidance to both Headteachers and Governors on a wide range of HR issues. Lorna has a BSc in Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management. Lorna is a Chartered member of the CIPD.

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Kathy Fernando
Senior HR Adviser

Kathy has a background in Education. She worked for over 16 years as a teacher in an inner city mixed comprehensive school and gained experience in both academic and pastoral roles as a Head of Department and Deputy Head of Key Stage 4. Kathy has worked in Education Personnel Services for 12 years providing specialist HR consultancy advice and guidance to Headteachers and Governors on a wide range of HR issues, with a particular interest in teachers’ pay and sickness absence management. Kathy holds a BEd and a Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management. Kathy is a Chartered Member of the CIPD.

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Maureen Baverstock
Senior HR Adviser
Maureen has worked in the public sector for over 15 years and held both management and HR positions. Prior to joining Education Personnel Services she worked for Oxfordshire County Council working on projects and advising Senior Managers on a range of HR issues in both Children and Adult Services. Maureen joined Education Personnel Services over 3 years ago where she now provides specialist HR consultancy advice and guidance to both Headteachers and Governors on a wide range of HR issues. Maureen has a particular interest and expertise  in TUPE. Maureen has a BSc (Hons) in Social Policy, Certificate in Management and a Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management. Maureen is a Chartered Member of the CIPD

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Caroline House
Senior HR Adviser
Caroline has worked in Education Personnel Services for over 3 years. Previously she worked in the NHS for a number of different Trusts in both recruitment and employee relations. Caroline works as a Casework Consultant in the west of the county and provides advice to Headteachers and Governors on a wide rangeof employee relations issues, including acting as adviser at hearings. Caroline has a Masters degree in Managing Human Resources and is a Chartered Member of the CIPD.

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Vikki Maxwell
Senior HR Adviser
Vikki has worked in HR for 14 years across the not-for-profit, local government and private sectors, in training, resourcing and HR consultancy roles.  Vikki initially joined Hampshire County Council in 2002 working in the Childrens’ Social Care team prior to running the resourcing team for Hampshire’s Childrens’ Services.  Vikki left Hampshire County Council and relocated back to Scotland where she worked for an international Engineering Consultancy.  Upon returning to Hampshire four years ago, Vikki joined Education Personnel Service in the west casework team.  Since October 2012, Vikki has been seconded the Employment Practice Centre as a Strategic HR Adviser supporting the central Hampshire departments.  Vikki has a BA(Hons) Degree  in Business Studies and a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management.  Vikki is a Chartered member of the CIPD, a qualified psychometric tester and Assessment Centre Manager. Vikki is also a professional sailor who for the past 20 years has been a dedicated volunteer working for a sail training charity taking vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people to sea, she is passionate and committed to improving the lives of children and young people.

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Vicky Maddocks
Acting Senior HR Advisor
Vicky has been with EPS for over 4 years and has worked in both East and West casework teams.  Vicky completed her Business Degree prior to joining the HR profession within the IT sector.  She then returned to university to complete the Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and has been a Chartered member of the CIPD since 2005. Vicky’s experience in HR immediately prior to joining education has been varied with experience  in HR for clothing retail, food manufacturing, the probation service and most interestingly, funeral directors! Vicky’s main role is providing casework consultancy on a wide variety of HR issues to schools.

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Tom Bridger
HR Adviser
Tom’s principal background is in the voluntary sector. Before joining EPS he worked for a charitable organisation, adding value to young lives across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.  Tom has experience of advising on a broad array of HR and ER issues, from recruitment through to complex negotiation and employment tribunal preparation.  He has also led HR projects focusing on HR policies and management training; with the aim of up-skilling line managers, supporting senior leaders and progressing workable employment solutions.  Tom has also gained experience in higher education and the NHS.  His practice is complemented by a BSc in Sociology with Human Resource Management.

 

Casework Team - East


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Tina Jones
Strategic HR Adviser
Tina has worked in Education for 27 years and has been in Education Personnel Services for 20 years. Her interests lie in employee relations and she has worked at the “sharp end” as a consultant to Headteachers and governors on a wide range of personnel issues.  Tina is qualified to undertake psychometric testing to support recruitment processes of higher level roles in schools. Tina currently manages a team of caseworkers who provide advice and support to school customers in the East half of the county. Tina is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and a qualified psychometric tester.

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Sharon Collins
Senior HR Adviser
Sharon has worked in Education Personnel Services for just over 3 years. Previously she worked in the private sector in a range of HR consultancy and training and development roles. Sharon provides advice to schools on a variety of employee relations issues but has a particular interest in teachers’ pay and performance management. Sharon has also spent a number of years as a school governor including 5 years as Chair at a Hampshire primary school. In addition to her role within EPS, Sharon is a member of the Employment Tribunals panel and sits on cases in Southampton and Havant.  Sharon has a Masters degree in Managing Human Resources and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.

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Anne Allison
Senior HR Adviser
Anne has worked for Hampshire County Council for more than twenty five years and for Education Personnel Services since it’s establishment. Anne initially worked in the pay and contracts team where she developed an extensive knowledge of pay and terms and conditions and has worked as a caseworker providing advice to Headteachers and Governors on a broad range of personnel issues since 1995. Anne has over many years developed strong and positive relationships with Headteachers and governors. She has a postgraduate diploma in Personnel Management.

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Sue Burton-Anstess
Senior HR Adviser
Sue has over 20 years experience in HR. She previously worked for another local authority within Hampshire carrying out a wide range of HR functions including advising on employee relation issues and carrying out recruitment & selection.  Sue has now been a consultant with EPS for 5 years.  Sue has worked for both the Policy and Development Team and Casework team and is currently supporting schools in the East advising on a full range of HR issues. Sue can also provide psychometric testing to support recruitment processes. Sue is a Chartered Member of the CIPD.

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Michelle Vaughan
Senior HR Adviser
Michelle started her career in HR with a large retail company, initially she worked within the International team and provide specific expatriate HR advice to managers and employees in a variety of countries including, France, Poland, China, Hong Kong and Turkey. Following on from this experience Michelle moved to the organisations UK HR Team and provided HR guidance to Area, Store and Line Managers on all aspects of HR casework, projects, strategic planning, wellbeing and redundancies and restructures. To continueher professionaldevelopment Michelle then moved to a large Insurance Company which had high levels of turn over with call centre staff. Michelle worked closely with the senior management team to develop HR procedures, improve absence and put together core staff values that could be integrated within the company’s ethos. Michelle moved to the Public Sector and EPS in 2008, where over the past 5 years has developed her experience within Education. As a Senior HR Adviser, within the East Team,Michelle's role is to provide advice to Headteachers, Senior Leadership Teams and Governors on a broad range of personnel issues. Michelle also delivers training and her area of expertise is Safer Recruitment and Redundancy training. Michelle has a post graduate diploma in Personnel Management and is also a member of the CIPD.

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David Rossell
HR Adviser
David has over 25 years HR/Personnel experience within the public sector. He joined Education Personnel Services in February 2011 having previously worked in other local government authorities. David also had a number of years HR middle management experience within the Ministry of Defence. As a caseworker David has a diverse range of HR knowledge but is a specific expert in absence management, capability and redeployment. He also is a NQT caseworker within the East Team. David is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and has a postgraduate diploma in Personnel and Development.

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Xanthe Few
HR Adviser
Xanthe has worked in HR for the past 4 years. Prior to joining EPS she worked in the Social Housing sector in South Wales, providing generalist HR support to enable community focussed services. Xanthe currently works as an HR Adviser in the East Team. She completed an MSc in Human Resources Management in 2010 and is an Associate member of the CIPD.

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Lorraine Copp
HR Adviser
Lorraine has worked in HR for 16 years. Prior to joining EPS she worked in the public sector providing generalist HR advice and guidance to operational managers throughout the southern region. Lorraine’s role involves providing advice and support to schools on a variety of HR issues.  Lorraine is an Associate member of CIPD and is currently studying for her Diploma in Human Resources Management.

 

Policy & Development Team


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Amanda Stevens
Schools HR Policy and Development Manager
Amanda has a background in Education and Social Care HR and has worked for many years as a consultant to Headteachers and Governors on a range of personnel issues.  She currently leads the Education Personnel Services Policy and Development team responsible for the development of school HR policy and guidance for customers, arising from changes in employment and education legislation and government policy and advice.  This role includes consultation with Headteachers, as well as with professional associations and trade unions, on behalf of Hampshire Headteachers and Governors, regarding amendments to the Manual of Personnel Practice.  Amanda manages two Strategic HR Advisers (Georgina Campbell and Sarah Hughes) who have areas of specialist focus within policy and guidance development. Amanda has an undergraduate honours degree in Business Studies, a postgraduate diploma and Masters in Personnel Management and has held positions with University of Portsmouth and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) as an External Examiner in respect of postgraduate personnel programmes.  Amanda is a Chartered Member of the CIPD.

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Georgina Campbell
Strategic HR Adviser
Georgina has a background in Education, Voluntary and Fast Moving Consumer Goods sector HR issues and has worked for over 10 years advising Headteachers and Governors on a range of personnel issues. Georgina is a member of the EPS Management Team and works within the Policy and Development Team with a particular interest in safeguarding and terms and conditions of employment.  Georgina has a BSc in Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management.  Georgina is a Chartered member of the CIPD.

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Sarah Hughes
Strategic HR Adviser
Sarah has a background in both Education and Social Care HR over the last 14 years, including time working as a consultant advising Headteachers and Governors on a range of personnel issues. Sarah is a member of the EPS Management Team and works within the Policy and Development Team with a particular interest in employee relations, organisational development and recruitment and selection. Sarah has a postgraduate diploma in Personnel Management and a postgraduate certificate in Employment Law.  Sarah is a Chartered Member of the CIPD.

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Lesley Smith
Senior HR Adviser
Lesley Smith has worked in the private sector, the NHS and broadcasting, before joining Hampshire County Council in 1989, where she managed the HR function in two departments including the schools’ Direct Service Organisations.  Lesley has spent many years dealing with casework and advising managers and Headteachers on their HR employment issues as well as covering HR strategy, training, health & safety and change management.  Lesley is a Graduate of the Institute of Personnel Management and holds a BAC accredited Diploma in Counselling, having worked as a counsellor in both the public and private sectors.  She has experience as a mentor and small group trainer on women’s development, stress management, and management development.  Lesley brings her customer focus and experience to the development of our policies and procedures, advising on implementation and related guidance.  She has a broad remit with particular focus on safeguarding.

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Sarah Chadwick
Senior HR Adviser
Sarah has worked for Education Personnel Services for nearly twenty years.  Sarah has worked in the pay and contracts team where she developed an extensive knowledge of pay and terms and conditions.  Sarah has also worked as a caseworker supporting schools with a wide range of HR issues.  Sarah currently works in the Policy and Development Team developing guidance, policies and procedures and has particular interests in employee relations and terms and conditions.  Sarah has a leading role in advising schools regarding migrant workers and regularly liaise with the UK Border Agency on behalf of schools. Sarah has a postgraduate diploma in Personnel Management and is a member of the CIPD.

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Lisa Hollier
HR Adviser
Lisa has worked within HR for schools for Hampshire County Council for over 10 years, both in Education Personnel Services and in Pay & Contract Support Services, in which she developed a good working knowledge of the payroll system and advised on payroll issues, managed a caseload of maternity cases, and managed the (then) CRB team.  She currently works in the Policy & Development team, developing guidance and advising on policy and application of procedure, but has also been involved in recruitment and organisational development within EPS.  Lisa is the Newly Qualified Teacher Induction Co-ordinator for Hampshire County Council’s Appropriate Body.  Lisa holds a BA (Hons) degree in Business Studies and a postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management.

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Natasha Primmer
HR Adviser
Coming from the private sector, Natasha joined EPS in 2007.  Starting as a Support Officer within the Operation’s Team, Natasha has progressed to the Policy and Development Team as an HR Adviser.  Since joining Education Personnel, she has developed a passion for HR, dedicating the last three years to studying and successfully achieved her Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel and Development (CIPD) in 2013.    

 

Operations Team


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Ashley Jefferies

Business Manager
Ashley has held business management positions within the private and public sector over the past 10 years. He previously worked within the financial services sector focusing on customer services, business development and continuous improvement prior to joining Hampshire County Council in 2007. Ashley currently leads the Operations Team, who have a broad remit which includes; customer relations, quality & service improvement, recruitment, training provision, financial management and the development of on-line information. Ashley and his team also administer Academy contractual and service specifications liaising with stakeholder groups throughout the transitional process. Ashley has a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA).

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Sharon Williams
Performance Team Leader
Sharon previously worked as School Business Manager at a local school prior to joining Education Personnel Services in 2013.  She previously had an actively involvement in negotiating Service Level Agreements for a cluster of schools. Prior to her School Business Manager role, Sharon worked as a senior manager in local government, managing finance; HR and contracts.  Sharon is a qualified project manager with experience in using business process re-engineering techniques to streamline processes and achieve efficiency savings. Sharon is currently Performance Team Leader within the Operations Team, who have a broad remit which includes; customer relations, quality & service improvement, recruitment, training provision, financial management and the development of on-line information. Sharon is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a PRINCE2 practitioner.

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Anna Schulte
Administrative Officer
Anna has worked in the private sector before joining Education Personnel Services. After successfully completing a secretarial course she is now studying Business & Management at the University of Portsmouth. Anna is responsible for providing proactive administrative support to the management team, managing the customer feedback process and the organisation of the Long Service Awards process for school staff. Anna also provides support within the Operations Team on NQT and the booking of training courses.

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Colin Davis
Finance and Admin Officer
Colin has worked for Education Personnel Services for a year, having previously spent over 20 years working in the Civil Service for a wide range of Departments. Colin is responsible for drafting and issuing service level agreement to customers; along with raising sales invoices, processing purchase invoices and finance budgeting, monitoring & management reporting. Colin also provides support within the Operations Team on NQT and the booking of Training issues.

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Dawn James
Assistant HR Adviser
Dawn James has worked in Education Personnel Services for the last 13 years.  Dawn is a member of the Operations team focussing on recruitment and has been providing advice and assistance to schools on a wide range of recruitment related issues. She currently assists schools with their Recruitment Administration processes for mainly Headteachers and Senior Management positions advising Chairs of Governors and Headteachers appropriately.  She manages the Hampshire Supply Agency Framework being the point of contact between schools, agencies and county supplies colleagues. She is strongly involved with the School Vacancy System which enables schools to place vacancies on the Education jobs website and also support schools and HCC regarding the compliance of Migrant worker legislation.

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Dinah Weberstadt
HR Assistant
Dinah has been with Education Personnel Services for over 12 years.  Whilst with EPS Dinah has undertaken a number of jobs, but now provides HR administrative support for the Induction of Newly Qualified Teachers in and beyond Hampshire.  Registrations and assessments are checked and chased where necessary – and our returns are submitted to the National College.  Dinah is happy to assist with queries regarding the Induction process.