​Inclusive Learning North runs forums, courses, consultancy, training and INSET days led by:

Zena Martin

 BA (Hons), PGCE, NPQH, PG Cert (SpLD)

 Educational Consultant and Director (Inclusive Learning North)

Inclusive Learning North provides high quality support, training and consultancy to schools providing for 3 – 11 year-olds in the north of England.

Our Inclusion Forums are ever-popular, both with the number of schools taking part and the strength of voice it has to enable positive development in schools’ inclusive practice and the products and services provided to support them. As Director of Inclusive Learning North, Zena seeks to bring to the Inclusion Forums the best research, practice, resources and expertise in both SEND and wider aspects of inclusion, from around the UK and beyond. 

Below is the range of activities undertaken in schools. 

  • INSET training and Staff training
  • School consultancy visits, SEND reviews, provision reviews and audits 
  • SENCO support
  • Part-time interim SENCO roles
  • Support staff deployment and training
  • Provision and impact mapping
  • Intervention monitoring and management
  • Person-centred and solution-focused support
  • SEN assessment
  • Quality First Teaching support
  • Teaching and learning strategies
  • NQT and RQT support
  • Cluster and conference meeting presentations, workshops and facilitation

Zena’s recent projects include the development of the New2SENCO course and partnerships with TSAs. She presented as a keynote speaker at the 2018 Westminster SEND Briefing, and led training for British and International Schools in Dubai in the same year. She was Editor in Chief of the magazine ‘Inclusion in Focus’ and is now part of the editorial team for ‘Early Years Legal’. She has previously worked with the Department for Education (DfE) in the development of ways of measuring progress of pupils on P-Scales.


Zena also works as an associate SENCO and consultant to primary schools in the north, utilising her experience in both inclusion leadership and SpLD expertise. Working with Inclusive Learning (Lancs), she delivers, in addition to our Inclusion Forums, the very popular SENCO Forums to primary schools in Lancashire and Cumbria. She is an associate lecturer with Edge Hill University and, previously, Manchester Metropolitan University. She tutors on, and reviews, the National SENCO Award, as well as the Postgraduate Certificate in Inclusion and SEN.


Zena’s extensive knowledge and experience enable her to maintain a perceptive working understanding of what schools require to meet the needs of all pupils. Equally, her relationships with schools allows her to knit together best practice for the benefit of all.


Zena has previously been involved in an EU project in Malta, training junior and kindergarten teachers in literacy and differentiation, and worked with an International School in Sweden. She has delivered training courses throughout the UK on a range of subjects in inclusion and SEND. Previously, Zena worked as a SENCO, Inclusion Manager and Deputy Head Teacher. During this time, she gained specialist teaching skills, in addition to the NPQH. Her primary school teaching experience was in Manchester, Rochdale and Salford.

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