Taking control of your HR and Payroll

HR software provider Carval says that academies and colleges are opting to manage their Human Resources and Payroll themselves

A growing number of academies and colleges are opting to manage their Human Resources and payroll themselves, finding they can do so for a fraction of the cost being charged by their Local Authority. Budgetary control is empowering them to evaluate their needs and find a solution that best suits them.

Carval’s software and outsourcing services are already supporting over 50 state-maintained schools, academies, colleges and children’s support service organisations in managing their Human Resources and Payroll, simply and efficiently.

Human Resources

Carval is providing academies with HR software designed to enhance the functionality currently available in their resource management systems, adding comprehensive human resources and absence management tools without compromising on the resource allocation features they rely on.

It will enable them to deliver best-practice self-service HR to their employees, benefit from clear analytics and to produce school statistics reports with ease.

Some clients are using Carval’s HR software alone, whilst others are combining it with integrated payroll software or outsourced payroll bureau services.


Schools that have historically outsourced their payroll to their Local Authority are actively seeking alternatives that offer improved service levels, cost-efficiencies and flexibility.

Outsourcing remains popular, with some entering into shared service arrangements as part of a consortium. However an increasing number of schools are opting for the additional flexibility and cost-savings that processing their payroll in-house can offer, using Carval’s HMRC-recognised payroll software. Indeed some are utilising the multi-company nature of the system to deliver services to partner schools and increase their revenue streams.


Carval has been supplying HR, Payroll and Time Management solutions to the public sector since 1986. Our solutions are currently used by Coleg Cambria, one of the UK’s largest colleges, Mossbourne Community Academy, Harlow Education Consortium and Leigh Academies Trust to name but a few.