Will the 2024 general election impact education HR?

As Sir Keir Starmer leads the 4 July 2024 election polls, education HR braces for change. Juniper’s expert education HR consultant, David West, explores the potential post-election impact on HR practices in schools. 



The upcoming 4 July 2024 election holds significant implications for various sectors, including education. For HR professionals working in education, the outcomes could usher in a wave of changes that will reshape policies, staffing, and the broader operational landscape. Notably, current polls indicate that Sir Keir Starmer holds a 15-point lead over Rishi Sunak (at the time of writing). This potential shift in leadership could bring substantial changes to the educational environment.

Here’s a closer look at what education HR professionals should anticipate post-election and how they can prepare.

Compliance and legal considerations

The election could bring about new legal requirements affecting HR practices in education. Staying compliant with evolving regulations will be crucial to avoid legal pitfalls and ensure smooth operations.

Key considerations:

  • Employment law: Changes in employment law might include new guidelines on wages, benefits, or working conditions. HR must stay updated to ensure all practices are compliant.
  • Health and safety: Post-election, new educational institution health and safety mandates could be enacted, particularly in response to ongoing public health concerns.
  • Data privacy: Enhanced data privacy regulations could affect how HR departments manage employee information, requiring updated protocols and systems to safeguard sensitive data.

Potential impacts of Starmer's lead on school staff

Given Sir Keir Starmer’s 15-point lead over Rishi Sunak, it is wise to consider the specific impacts on school staff:

  • Increased resources and support: A government under Starmer could increase funding for education, translating to better resources and support for school staff, including improved classroom materials, additional support staff, and enhanced professional development opportunities.
  • Enhanced teacher training: A focus on rigorous teacher training programs could mean more comprehensive preparation for new teachers and ongoing development for current staff, potentially raising the overall quality of education.
  • Stronger focus on well-being: Emphasis on worker rights and well-being could lead to better support systems for teachers, including mental health resources, workload management initiatives, and improved work-life balance policies.

Preparing for the future

As the saying goes, failing to prepare is preparing to fail. So, to effectively handle the potential changes from the July 4, 2024, election, HR professionals in education should take these proactive steps so that they are ready for any future changes:

  1. Stay informed: Regularly monitor election outcomes and subsequent policy announcements. Subscribe to relevant news sources and participate in professional networks to stay updated.
  2. Build flexibility: Develop flexible HR strategies that can adapt to various scenarios. This includes contingency plans for different funding levels, policy changes, and technological advancements.
  3. Enhance skills: Invest in ongoing professional development to keep abreast of best practices in HR management, particularly in areas such as diversity and inclusion, data analytics, and legal compliance.
  4. Promote good communication: Maintain open lines of communication with all stakeholders, including employees, unions, and administration, to ensure transparency and build trust during times of change.
  5. Review current policies and procedures: Conduct a thorough review of existing policies and procedures to ensure they are robust and flexible enough to accommodate potential changes. You may need to create new policies and procedures post-election. This includes updating or creating new job descriptions, performance appraisal systems, and employee handbooks.
  6. Engage with educational leaders: Work closely with school administrators and educational leaders to ensure that HR strategies match the school's overall goals. This will help create a unified approach to handling changes.
  7. Plan for staff training: Develop comprehensive staff training programs and identify continuous professional development opportunities to equip staff with the skills needed to adapt to new policies, technologies, and working conditions. This will help maintain high standards of education and support staff morale.


The July 4, 2024 election is crucial for education HR professionals. By anticipating changes and preparing ahead of time, the HR team can guide schools through any potential changes, keeping them strong, compliant, and responsive to the needs of both their schools and the broader community.

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