Commentary Partnership working with Education Development Trust – what does this really look like? As we set out on a new and exciting role as a lead provider for the reformed National Professional Qualifications in England, Jim and Niki reflect on ambitions and aspirations for partnership in this important work. Commentary Building resilient education systems after Covid-19: The critical role of the non-state sector Amid all the challenges of Covid-19, one critical area which has received relatively little attention is that of the non-state sector. Non-state schools serve many millions of students around the world – including some of the poorest children – and face unique additional challenges as a result of the pandemic. In this commentary, in partnership with the Global Schools Forum, we set out how critical this sector is, introduce the key challenges faced by these school systems and the urgent need for additional evidence on the types of support which will be of the most benefit for the many pupils they serve. Commentary Promising practices for a post-pandemic renewal of learning: lessons from Global Dialogue 2021 Following our recent Global Dialogue event, which brought together leading experts from across the world, we consider key promising practices for a post-pandemic renewal of learning. This commentary draws on the insightful contributions and rich discussions from the event to identify some of the key ways in which we may be able to improve education for all as the world recovers from Covid-19. Commentary Bright spots in remote learning: lessons from India and Sierra Leone The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted many challenges for teaching and learning around the world. Following our recent report highlighting lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic, here we highlight two particular bright spots – organisations from India and Sierra Leone – and consider what they can teach us about school leadership practices, teacher training, access to technology for remote learning, and harnessing parental and community resources. Commentary Using evaluation and accountability as tools for school improvement in the Middle East Accountability, quality assurance and school inspections have long been at the centre of Education Development Trust’s work in the Middle East. Drawing on this experience, we explore the importance of accountability and the use of evaluation as a tool for improvement. Commentary Harnessing multi-sector collaboration to respond to girls’ educational needs The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted disparities in education in an unprecedented way, as the varied contexts, circumstances and social-emotional needs of children and young people around the world have been cast into the spotlight by school closures. In many parts of the world, girls’ needs and the barriers they experience can be particularly complex and challenging, especially as they reach adolescence. In this commentary, we consider how addressing these needs – and thereby contributing to effective education interventions – might best be achieved through a multi-sector, collaborative approach.