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Client testimonials

What Education Clients Say…

"We had an ambitious shared project which you helped deliver. I'm very grateful for your professional expertise."

Ian Smith, Executive Head, Furness Academy  

"I have worked with Joanne for a number of years in two different employment sectors and she has provided advice on a range of employment law issues. Joanne possesses a wealth of knowledge and displays a holistic approach to each situation providing valuable advice and guidance.

Joanne works closely with clients to ensure she understands the needs of the business, which allows her to provide skilled and pragmatic solutions and be responsive to client’s needs. I have attended various networking events at which Joanne has been the specialist speaker providing insights into emerging employment law issues and case law updates at which; she has demonstrated the ability to bring clarity to complex issues."

Joe McGraw, Director of HR, Carlisle College 

"Natalie has provided the school with timely and well thought out advice and strategies for dealing with a wide array of issues. She is familiar with a variety of schools, understanding how the current climate affects us all and how schools need to know exactly where they stand legally. We have particularly been impressed with the updates, newsletters and training sessions."

Lois Baird, Headteacher, Solway Community Technology College

"I trust and value highly the outstanding support and advice that Natalie and the Burnetts team have given to me as Headteacher.  The school could not have wanted for more in its HR provider. Natalie and the team go the extra mile in supporting and advising the school.  Their deep understanding of educational matters and prompt service have been exactly what I have needed as Headteacher."

Julie O'Connor, Headteacher, Dowdales School

"I have had the privilege of working with Burnetts' HR team for a many years across a number  of Community schools and Academies in Cumbria.  The advice and support has been extremely reliable and realistic. As a Multi-Academy Trust Burnetts were invaluable in every aspect of the necessary due diligence process. I have personally recommended the Burnetts' Team to colleague Headteachers who have been similarly impressed by the excellent service provided."

Stephen Wilkinson, Executive Headteacher, The Queen Katherine Multi-Academy Trust

"Burnetts provides an excellent service, with prompt and efficient responses, and with attention to detail.  They are a magnificent adviser to us for HR related matters.”

St Benedict’s School, Whitehaven

"Joanne, can I just say a big thank you to you and your team for all of your great work. Please pass on my thanks to everyone and no doubt we will be needing your advice shortly!"

Julie Goodfellow, Head, Riverside Primary Academy, Gateshead

“In preparing to convert to an academy one of the key decisions a school will make (if not the  key decision) will be to choose the right people to advise and support them through the process. There are a lot of organisations and companies who can do this but we chose Burnetts because, after talking to their staff, as well as being financially competitive we felt that they would give us the personal, flexible service we needed. This proved to be the case. Joanne and Vaughan were excellent. They guided us through the process step-by-step, answered our sometimes naïve questions with patience and professionalism and were constantly available to deal with the unexpected.  Burnetts did live up to their ‘Its not just business, it’s personal’ promise.“

Mike Routledge, Head, Haltwhistle Community Campus

Who to contact

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Natalie Ruane

Natalie leads the Employment Law & HR team and specialises in education.