BA (Hons), PGCE, NPQH, PG Cert (SpLD) Educational Consultant and Director Inclusive Learning North
As Director of Inclusive Learning North, Zena seeks to bring to it the best research, practice, resources and expertise in both SEND and wider aspects of inclusion, from around the UK and beyond.
Zena’s recent projects include the development of ILOP and the New2SENCO course, along with partnerships with TSAs and school clusters. She presented as a keynote speaker at the 2018 Westminster SEND Briefing and leads training for British and International Schools in Dubai. She is an associate with #TeamADL. She was Editor in Chief of the magazine ‘Inclusion in Focus’ and part of the editorial team for ‘Early Years Legal’.
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. 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.
When Zena is not working, she can usually be found sailing her dinghy at racing events!
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Business Manager and Director Inclusive Learning North
As Director of Inclusive Learning North, Steve understands the pressures and needs of the teaching workforce and endeavours to provide outstanding support and a welcoming environment for all our delegates.
After a career in the construction industry, Steve took a very different move into the education sector to expand Inclusive Learning North, strengthening it to what it has become now. Although the marketing, planning, finance and website development takes up much of his time, he has always prioritised the needs of delegates and schools, valuing the strong relationships we have built.
In addition to his work with Inclusive Learning North, Steve also carries out ecological surveys and consultancy work in and around the West Pennine Moors.
Business Support Administrator Admin Anywhere
Julia provides excellent virtual administrative support to Inclusive Learning North, assisting delegates with bookings, invoicing and ILOP logins.
Julia set up her business in 2012 after gathering over 30 years of admin expertise from a wide range of very busy office environments. She believes that the key to being a successful Virtual Assistant or Virtual PA is all about being flexible and approachable, and most importantly… being there when clients need her.
Julia took voluntary redundancy from Lancashire County Council in 2011, after 9 years managing and organising a very busy office that supported the business needs of over 30 professional education consultants; supporting the government’s National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies. Previously to that she was project administrator for a local college handling the admin for a European Social Funded training programme; before that she worked in the head offices for several retail and utility businesses since leaving school in 1982.