inclusion-forums 2019

Inclusion Forums 2019 

“We had Ofsted in June and got ‘good’ – they loved our SEN practices, which can be attributed to help from you!” – Deputy Head – St Helens

Inclusive Learning CPD mornings and SEND Forum afternoons

Headline agendas for the 2019 Inclusion Forums:

Spring Term 2019 morning CPD Course:

New Quality First Teaching Strategies for Whole School Improvement

A wealth of new teaching and learning strategies to enable all learners to achieve curriculum objectives.

  • Teaching and learning strategies that address some of the key objectives of the National Curriculum for English and mathematics
  • Strategies that are rooted in evidence-based specialist approaches for the most complex and disadvantaged learners
  • Based on the principles that, ‘What is good for children with SEN is good for all learners’
  • Adopts a ‘catch all’ approach to teaching and learning
  • Encompasses the components of an inclusive lesson
  • Reduces the reliance on and necessity for intervention
  • Supports easier retention of curriculum content

The phrase ‘Quality First Teaching’ is now well used, but less understood as a concept among primary teachers and SENCOS. I have frequently been asked what it is, what it looks like and should specific teaching methods be employed for it to count as QFT.

The concept of Quality First Teaching is rooted in the teaching and learning techniques that the most complex or disadvantaged learners require. Indeed, much of the current research telling us what works for learners with SEN and disadvantage can be seen reflected in many of the strategies that have long been recommended and applied in a specialist context. This course aims to bring to life the well-known phrase, ‘What is good for children with SEN is good for all learners.’ This means high aspirations for every child in the classroom, not just most.

This course aims to put the ‘flesh on the bones’ of these aspirations, giving a range of clear practical strategies that teachers can adopt immediately in the classroom. Addressing different objectives of the National Curriculum, each strategy shows how elements such as vocabulary development, metacognition, structured discovery, multisensory learning, repetition and much more can be incorporated into mainstream teaching and learning to ‘open the door’ to all learners.


Spring Term 2019 afternoon SEND Forum:

Strong EHC Planning and Applications

Strengthening your systems to ensure effective EHC applications

  • EHCP myth busting
  • Addresses the discrepancies between the legal framework for EHCP and the Code of Practice
  • Knowing when an application meets the requirements of the Children and Families Act (2014)
  • Practical implications for SENCOS and schools
  • Sharing experiences

Also featuring…. 

  • Interventions for Social, Emotional and Mental Health
  • The Role of the Primary Mental Health Worker for Schools and CAMHS

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


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


Venues and dates – 2019

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.

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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.