​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. The Inclusion Forums are ever-growing, both in 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 Forum the best research, practice, resources and expertise in both SEND and wider aspects of inclusion, from around the UK and beyond. Recent projects included engaging with the Department for Education (DfE) in the development of ways of measuring progress of pupils on P-Scales; and partnering with Birmingham LA to support schools beyond the city with the Birmingham SEN Toolkits. Zena presented the SENCO Masterclass, with Anita Devi, at the Optimus 15th Annual SENCO Update Conference in London in May 2017. She will be running training for British and International Schools in Dubai in spring and summer 2018. She is currently Editor in Chief of the magazine ‘Inclusion in Focus’.


Zena is 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 her colleague, Eleanor Hick, of Inclusive Learning (Lancs), she delivers 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 currently 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.