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Forum Strategy is a strategy and organisational development consultancy – with an emphasis on recruitment and recruitment marketing; organisational development and strategic planning; bid writing and general marketing strategy and delivery; and leadership training. We support large and medium-sized organisations with strategic consultancy.

Forum’s reach is national. We run four regional CEO networks. We have provided consultancy support for some of country’s largest and most successful academy trusts and have delivered recruitment marketing training on behalf of organisations such as the Department for Education and the National College for Leadership. Our work and thinking has been covered in a wide range of education sector publications.

Read our 2018/19 brochure here: Forum Strategy Brochure – Sept 2018

  • Consultancy and organisational development

Forum Strategy provides organisations with insight, expertise and advice around organisational development and change management. We have provided research, advice, strategic planning and associated training to numerous local authorities, businesses, and academy trusts across the country as they plan ahead and seek to grow and develop successfully.

We provide support on visioning and strategic planning, business planning, restructures, stakeholder engagement and consultation, recruitment and retention, bid writing (see below), and much more.

Forum’s work is grounded in our continuous research and monitoring of policy andchange issues and our extensive work providing support and leadership development to CEOs.

Learn more about our strategic consultancy here: Strategy Consultancy


  • Training and development

Forum Strategy provides a wide range of training and development support for CEOs, board members and leadership teams. Our four regional CEO networks provide high quality opportunities for learning and reflection on key areas of successful organisational development. Our annual national early headship conference has developed a strong reputation as an excellent induction opportunity for new headteachers and our suite of provision for academy trustees is ensuring that this important group are well supported as their organisations grow rapidly.

Forum also provides bespoke leadership development training and resources to some of the country’s most successful and well-established trusts to delivering a new headteacher programme for others. We also provide bespoke training for trustees and executives teams and regularly design and deliver programmes and resources on behalf of teaching school alliances and government agencies.


  • Marketing and communications

We believe that the development of a strong brand and clear, engaging communications is a key factor in the success of all organisations. By developing and delivering an exceptional marketing and communication strategy, organisations are able to attract the very best candidates to apply for vacancies and to develop relationships with clients based on confidence and trust.

Our approach to marketing and communications is grounded in our ongoing research into marketing and communications, our deep understanding of the policy and change, and our credibility which has been developed through working with so many organisations on these issues over the years.

We design and deliver marketing and communications strategies, consultations, prospectuses and job application packs, marketing of back office services (including CPD), websites and social media strategy.


  • Media management

Forum supports organisations to manage and develop positive relationships with the media, advising on the best course of action whether it be in a crisis or where there is something to celebrate. For example, we support schools and trusts to manage highly sensitive and challenging media issues in a thoughtful, well-informed and highly professional way, ensuring that organisational reputation is maintained throughout. We also support schools and trusts to promote their work and develop their reputations through opportunities in local, regional and national media.


  • Bid writing

Forum provides bid writing services to organisations that are seeking to grow, secure new business or access additional funds. We have successfully supported our clients in undertaking the necessary planning, project management, research, consultation, and writing associated with bids. These projects include successful bids for free schools and new provision, growth funding, school improvement funding, and to embark on new and exciting initiatives such as research schools. We also support our clients to stay ahead of new funding opportunities as and when they emerge.


  • Recruitment and retention strategy

Forum Strategy has undertaken extensive research and provided support to organisations on recruitment and retention strategy, including developing reputations as ’employers of choice’. We also provide a recruitment and headhunting service

You can read more about our training and consultancy in this area here: Forum Recruitment


  • Monitoring and analysis

Forum Strategy provides a weekly leadership  briefing service, covering key developments in research, policy, strategy, development opportunities and more. A number of MATs and other providers subscribe to our briefing service which can be accessed at an ‘individual’, SLT, or ‘MAT wide’ level.


Forum Strategy: Our commitments to clients include:

  • Supporting improvement wherever possible;
  • Staying informed on the key & emerging issues;
  • Producing high quality research & communications;
  • Ensuring our integrity & maintaining client confidentiality at all times;
  • Being responsive & professional in all that we do.


We work with a range of clients, from local authorities and academy trusts, to small-, medium- and large- businesses and enterprises.