Inclusion Forum Essentials

Inclusion Forum Essentials 2020:

Covid-19 update – 23rd March

Firstly, may we give our sincere apologies for the multiple e-mails that some delegates and schools have received via Microsoft Teams. We have been working with Microsoft Support this morning, and whilst this issue has now been resolved, we feel that we would be better to postpone all the online interactive CPD and Forum sessions until April to ensure that these can run smoothly after thorough testing. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support at this difficult time. It has been heartening to hear people’s enthusiasm for these online sessions and we endeavour to maintain our usual high quality professional development for you. We will contact you again with an update on the on-line sessions in the near future.

Best wishes

Zena Martin

CPD mornings & SEND afternoons 

Inclusive Learning CPD (mornings) – Training sessions devoted to CPD that promotes Quality First Teaching and outstanding support and intervention work for pupils; aimed at the range of staff at the frontline of learning.
SEND Forum (afternoons) – Aimed at SENCOS, Inclusion Managers, Head Teachers and others responsible for provision and progress of pupils with SEN and disability.

In response to the tightening of school budgets and at the request of many schools, our value-driven Inclusion Forum Essentials are delivered in both Wakefield and Winsford, Cheshire.

Our venues and dates for 2020 are:

Wakefield: The Children’s Centre, Sharlston Community School, Hammer Lane, Sharlston Common, Wakefield, WF4 1DH

Tuesday 31st March 2020
Tuesday 30th June 2020

Winsford, Cheshire: St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Woodford Lane, Winsford CW7 2JS

Wednesday 1st April 2020
Wednesday 30th June 2020

Inclusive Learning North take the current situation regarding the Covid-19 virus very seriously. In England there are currently no government restrictions in place for the types of activity such as our Inclusion Forums. However, delegates are reminded of the common sense requirement for anyone displaying symptoms of any infectious disease to self-isolate and avoid situations where they might pass an infection on to others. We are monitoring the situation via the Government websites and alerts; and should the advice and guidance change significantly we will reassess the situation and notify delegates immediately. Therefore arrangements may be superseded at short notice as the situation develops and this may involve the re-scheduling of the Forum dates or an on-line delivery to delegates as necessary.

Inclusive Learning CPD morning: Spring Term 2020

‘Getting Social Stories Really Right’

This course, written by Lynn McCann*) teaches you how to write a social story using the specific structure advocated by Carol Gray. You will learn how to spot an ineffective social story and how to collect the right information to form your story focus. The session includes writing a story for a child you know.

* Lynn is the author of “Stories that Explain” (a collection of social stories for primary children) and has been writing social stories for over 12 years.

SEND Forum afternoon: Spring Term 2020

Transition for pupils with SEND: “Where are we going?”

Transition happens on many levels:

Term-to term
Between schools and phases

Times of transition happen on many levels. For many pupils with SEND, poor understanding of the significance of transition on the part of adults can be the trigger for anxiety and negative behaviour on the part of children. This training session will explore some guiding principles and strategies that can create successful transitions and avoid unnecessary problems. We look at how to build strong transition into policy and practice through collaboration with colleagues.

Also this Spring Term….SEND Consultant Monica Conlon discusses:
SEND Leadership – are the right people focused on the right tasks?
How a SENCO can be more essential and less involved

Plus all the usual features including ‘SEND updates’ and ‘Next steps in SEND’:

We explore the current debate surrounding school exclusions and offers initial guidance on positive steps for SENCOS and other leaders

“I always love the SEND Updates….as I leave with a focus to drive through school” Inclusion Manager,


Coming next Term….Summer Term 2020

Inclusive Learning CPD morning:
Using Technology to Support Inclusion Across the Curriculum
Starting with free and low-cost software, find out how to achieve high impact on progress, well-being and independence through technology.



SEND Forum afternoon:
What’s All This About Neurodiversity?
Understanding the perspectives on it, the science behind it and the practicalities of meeting the needs of neuro-diverse learners.



Headline agenda’s for 2019-2020:


Now only:

£40 for the half day morning CPD course or afternoon SEND forum

£80 for all day (both sessions including a light lunch)


Many delegates find it useful to attend for the full day, combining the morning CPD course and SEND Forum together.

Some schools send a different delegate in the morning to the afternoon. Some come for just the morning or afternoon. You choose what suits your needs the best.


Click here to see below what our delegates think of our Inclusion Forums.


Booking form attached…



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Read here to learn what our delegates have said about our Inclusion Forums

Read here​ about the impact our Inclusion Forums have had in schools.

An increasing number of schools and clusters now prefer to invite Zena into their school to deliver courses, staff training, INSET days or a package of support directly with staff……for further details please visit here