Developing People Potential and Capability

 HR & Soft Skills Training for Managers
HR Consultancy
Online Courses
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HR, Training and Coaching is our background. We combine everything we know to create rounded managers and effective leaders.

Our passion is people and we know that most employees leave their managers not organisations. In a highly competitive market, it is now critical to have capable leaders and managers who are equipped with both hard and soft skills to successfully navigate the employment life cycle and retain employees.

We teach HR & Soft Skills, and Business Coaching. SME's often need ad hoc or regular support but not a full-time HR person and that's where we van help. We offer HR Consultancy to SME's and will help you navigate the legalese and people challenges which can be complex and tricky. 

Our collective experience working at senior HR level, combined with coaching and training expertise means we can cover all angles and bring a very holistic approach to what we offer.

We work online and in-house and can attend client sites or a selected venue. We aim to tailor what we do to our client needs and use a results focussed approach.   

Our preference is to develop strong relationships with clients in order to achieve lasting and sustainable outcomes.

HR / Soft Skills

We train managers and HR in all areas of HR including absence and performance management, conducting investigations, disciplinary meetings, appraisals and having difficult conversations. We focus on the technical and soft skills required to be effective in these areas and provide techniques that minimises the potential for conflict, emotional reactions as well as stress. 

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HR Consultancy

Are you an SME looking for HR support? We can offer ad hoc or regular support on a flexible basis, depending on your needs and budget.  It's always preferable to get HR help before an issue escalates to save you time, money and sleepless night. We are highly experienced and just a call away.  

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More than ever organisations are starting to realise the benefits of coaching - consequently the coaching industry is going through a period of exponential growth. At HR School we use a blend of traditional and cutting edge coaching practices that work at a deep and transformational level. Coaching sessions include teaching practical skills and follow on homework after the sessions for maximum impact. We are also able to work with clients to support and improve wellbeing.  We offer corporate packages and one-off sessions.

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Online Courses

Our online courses mean that managers can learn at their own pace. It also means they can refer back to what they have learnt at any time. All our courses come with follow up support - we run regular Q&A sessions so that attendees can get further clarification and support after completion of the modules.

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About Us

Debbie Connors is the Founder of HR School.  She has over 15 years experience in generalist HR having worked in blue chip, SME's and public sector organisations at senior levels. She is a professional business/executive coach and trainer with a particular skills in dealing with conflict and bringing a pragmatic and rational approach to complex people issues.  She also specialises in communication and behaviours at work. Find out more about her here

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HR School Ltd
York, North Yorkshire

Tel: 07485 046048

Email: [email protected] 


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"I had the great honour to have Debbie as a coach. She has incredible insight and extraordinary ability to help you see things you hadn't seen before. Combined with her vitality, empathy and care makes Debbie a great coach to work with. I strongly recommend her. "

Barbara, Director of Operations, London and US

"Debbie is a great coach and it was a very enjoyable experience working with her. Our coaching time felt safe, fun and playful and we were able to explore new possibilities in a deep way that surprised me but also allowed me to set a new creative direction. I still use the skills that came into play during our coaching. Highly recommended! "

Paul, IT Manager, London

"The process and technique that Debbie shared with me was first class - a combination of thoughtful mindfulness and a physical and mental challenge to my limiting beliefs and assumptions. Debbie is thoughtful, empathic, professional and helps her clients achieve amazing results. She is top class and I would recommend anyone whom desires to challenge themselves to achieve the goals they want. See Debbie and achieve the future you want for yourself."

Consultant in Anaesthesia & Pain Medicine MBChB FRCA, Yorkshire


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