Zena Martin - Inclusive Learning North

Zena Martin

BA (Hons), PGCE, NPQH, PG Cert (SpLD)
Educational Consultant and Director
Inclusive Learning North

As Director of Inclusive Learning North, Zena seeks to bring the best research, practice, resources and expertise in both SEND and wider aspects of inclusion, from around the UK and beyond. Partnering now with Cole, the company is now able to offer a wider range of services, including School Improvement Partnerships to the full range of mainstream and specialist settings covering the early years, primary and secondary age groups. 

Zena’s recent projects include the development of ILOP and the hugely popular New2SENCO course, along with partnerships with TSAs and school clusters. She presented as a keynote speaker at the 2018 Westminster SEND Briefing and has led training for British and International Schools in Dubai. 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. Previously, she was an associate lecturer with Edge Hill University and Manchester Metropolitan University. She tutored on, and reviewed, 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! 

Steve Martin

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.

Julia Page

Julia Page

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.

Cole Andrew

Cole Andrew

BA Ed (QTS-Hons), NPQH, PG Cert (SLD), PG Cert (School Inspection) 
Educational Leadership Consultant 
Inclusive Learning North 

For over 30 years, Cole’s career has spanned Primary, Secondary and Specialist settings, consistently achieving positive testimony and outcomes as a teacher and leaderThis included Headships in the Southeast and Northwest of England (mainstream Primary, Specialist Secondary and all age Special School settings). His ethos has a strong background in child development approaches to curriculum planning, assessment, and inclusive classroom pedagogy. Hence, he promotes the Inclusive Learning North values through his skills in coaching teachers in leading strategy that improves inclusive practice and therefore sustains long term impact on outcomes for all pupils. 

Cole has a wide experience in school advisory work, initially as a secondment to the Inclusion and Achievement Team for Kent County Council, fulfilling the role of School Improvement Partner across Secondary, Primary and Special settings, including Alternative ProvisionHe has worked with settings across the UK and with international schools and has been Chairperson of a Multi-academy trust in the North of England for 5 yearsHe also has over 10 years’ experience in school inspection work.   

Cole’s recent projects included research development with Cumbria University (Marginalised and Co-creative Education project – MACE). This explores young people’s own dialogue around educational engagement or disaffection in order to co-create better education planning systemsComing from a background in the care system, he is keen to advocate for the best possible access to education our systems can provide.    

In his first Headship at a primary provision, Cole’s practice as a leader and teacher was highly valued by stakeholders (affirmed by an Ofsted outstanding review), leading Governors at a local secondary provision to request executive leadership support on their journey to improvement following their less favourable Ofsted review More significantly, he identified effective strategies to build leadership relationships and systems to create a healthy culture of open dialogue and shared vision for strong curriculum and teaching pedagogy. 

Cole challenges himself to prioritise and realise self-development, wellbeing and leadership skills with equal import and impact on outcomes for students and staff. This drive led him to found the Vigeo Partners concept in 2017 to upskill leaders and managers in sustaining positive mental health and outstanding outcomes and productivity. ‘Vigeo’, meaning to thrive and be productive in life, is now very much part of the mission here at Inclusive Learning North, advocating for both pupil and staff to achieve the best in themselves as they work together. 

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