Achieving Excellence

Effective Leadership and Governance Matters

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We focus on listening to ensure we understand fully the needs of our clients so that we deliver excellence and impact on school and business improvement. We offer a range of services that can improve individual, team or whole board performance.

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Achieving excellence in schools and academies

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Board Evaluation

Professional External Reviews of Governance

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Training & Board Development

Governance and Leadership programmes

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HR Investigations

Independent investigations into workplace issues

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Improving performance, learning and development

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About Us

strategic, collaborative, effective impact

Hallam Learning is a professional governance, leadership and HR consultancy founded by Maxine Ward. We specialise in helping organisations and boards to improve their overall performance and impact. We have a relentless focus on excellence and believe that effective leadership and governance really matter. We provide leaders, directors, trustees and governors with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to drive improvement.

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  • Thank you once again, you have given us plenty to consider and some very positive suggestions to improve our effectiveness. The outcome of the process has also given us all the opportunity to look in the mirror. I am hoping the working group will enable us to maximise the intent arising from the review and build momentum and ownership.
    Chair of Governors
    Buckinghamshire School
  • I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for your training course at our school and it was really lovely to meet you! We had a Finance meeting the next day after the meeting and everyone was really buzzing and enthusiastic and it got everyone thinking. So much so that at our FGB meeting next week we are setting aside time to discuss your suggestions and making changes going forward. Thanks again and I look forward to seeing you at the next one!
    Cambridgeshire School
  • Great news! Many thanks Maxine to you and your team for the professional way in which the assessment was carried out. We look forward to working with you further in the future.
    Multi-Academy Trust, Bedfordshire
  • Thank you once again for leading last night’s training session. It is not only the thorough knowledge that you bring to the table, but your ability to encourage people to talk openly about their perceptions and experiences. This obviously helps us to reflect on our own performance as a Board of Trustees. Also thank you for reinforcing the message that we are all part of the one organisation!
    Multi-Academy Trust, Peterborough
  • If you ever want to use me as a reference for future work like this I would be more than happy to sing your praises. You have done a great job for us. I'm so glad to have been in contact again.
    Multi-Academy Trust, Cambridgeshire
  • “I found the coaching sessions really useful from a personal point of view but also from a management point as well. This will allow me to help current team members to realise their full potential.”
    New Graduate Managers
    Major Defence Company
  • Being put in the shoes of a board of directors and thinking in commercial terms about the implications of decisions and learning about the wide ranging impact of single decisions on all areas of the business was extremely valuable.
    Professional Services Firm
  • I admired the consultants’ tenacity and pragmatism and enjoyed the cut and thrust of debate along the way. Thank you for seeing it all through in such good form and on time and to the obvious delight of the sponsor.
    Programme Development, ifs
  • Maxine offered a great balance of sharing techniques mixed with group interaction. Assured and positive delivery and a very engaging manner. Super.
    Senior Manager
    Grant Thornton
  • I have been working with Maxine over the last 4 months and she has really helped me focus my thinking and sharpen up my personal impact and presentation style. I would recommend her to anyone looking for some tailored executive coaching.
    Senior Manager
    Professional Services Firm
  • Interesting to see what impact the decisions made actually had on the performance of the business. It was particularly useful to be able to take decisions, take responsibility for decisions and evaluate their effects within the context of a comprehensive simulation.
    Relationship Managers

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If you would like to find out more about how we can help you, please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Hallam Learning Consultancy Limited Hallam House PO Box 6287 Leighton Buzzard LU7 2WR