Inclusion Forums 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.

“This is the best CPD I ever go on!” Deputy Head/SENCO – Rochdale
For more feedback from our Forums please see here

Inclusive Learning CPD morning: Spring Term 2020

‘Getting Social Stories Really Right’

This course 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, guided by Lynn McCann.

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, Salford

Headline agendas for 2020

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.



Venues and dates 2020
Hull @ Grange Park Hotel, Willerby  – Tuesdays 25th February & 19th May
Halifax/Huddersfield @ Briar Court Hotel  – Thursday 2nd April & Tuesday 2nd June
Rochdale @ Norton Grange Hotel  – Wednesdays  18th March & 3rd June
Warrington @ Urban Village Hotel  – Tuesdays 24th March & 23rd June
Formby @ Formby Hall Hotel  – Wednesdays 25th March & 24th June


For our Inclusion Forum Essentials dates in Wakefield and Cheshire please visit here

For our SENCO Training Days we run in Lancashire (Accrington, Garstang & Leyland) and Cumbria (Lakeside & Penrith) with our partner company, Inclusive Learning (Lancs.), please visit here



Don’t forget, you can book full days or individual mornings/afternoons…… or mix and match venues/dates/delegates as required to suit you and your school’s calendar.

Booking form below…


please complete and send to … [email protected]

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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 

Our aim is to provide all attending delegates of our Inclusion Forums with the slideshows, handouts and resources required, so that you can deliver the same course back in your own school. Indeed, many delegates have reported successfully doing so. We achieve this by providing delegates with access to hidden web pages that contain all the necessary resources to download.

Our copyright terms are that attending delegates are free to use all the materials provided within their own school only. Please contact us if you would like to share with clusters of schools, teaching school alliances or MATs.