Event - Change agents: The emergence of professional learning leaders at the middle tier

To mark World Teachers Day, we are delighted to be co-hosting a panel session with IIEP-UNESCO as part of UNESCO's exciting week of events.

We are delighted to invite you to join Education Development Trust and IIEP-UNESCO for an exciting new event to mark World Teacher’s Day. The online event, Change agents: The emergence of professional learning leaders at the middle tier of education systems, will take place on Wednesday 7th October, and will be co-hosted by IIEP-UNESCO, UNESCO and Education Development Trust. It will examine an interesting new trend in education leadership: the rise of expert practitioners – such as teacher mentors, pedagogical coaches, and head teachers –  promoted to leadership roles at district or sub-district level (the so-called ‘middle tier’), working across a number of schools and localities to improve teaching and learning.

The session will consider how these middle-tier roles can act as catalysts for change by supporting school leaders and teachers to improve their practice. It will also explore the potential of this middle tier of the education workforce to contribute to teaching and learning reforms at scale, with reference to specific case studies.

The 90-minute event will include a panel discussion, with participants from the UK, Rwanda and India, as well as a live Q&A session with the audience. Details for joining the webinar are below:

Date: Wednesday, 7th October 2020

Time: 9am (UK time)

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Registration link: click here


  • Tony McAleavy, Research Director, Education Development Trust
  • Amy Bellinger, Lead Consultant, Education Workforce Initiative, Education Commission
  • Suzanne Grant Lewis, Director, IIEP-UNESCO
  • Tegwen Ellis, Chief Executive, National Academy for Educational Leadership, Wales
  • Deogratias Tuyisingize, National Leader of Learning, Rwanda
  • Bhavna Sawnani, Mentor Teacher, Delhi

The session is intended for all those interested in innovative ways to support teachers and school leaders as professionals. We very much hope that you will be able to join us.

Click here for the invitation and registration