The role of leadership and teacher professional development programmes in creating inclusive schooling

Watch a recording of our online panel discussion with Zanele Mukwedeya and Rishikesh Shanker to learn how schools can foster inclusion.





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Who is this webinar for?


Please note that the content of this webinar is tailored for teacher educators and teachers who are engaged in facilitating the professional development of others.

What is this webinar about?

This event will explore strategies for empowering school leaders and embedding inclusive education techniques into teacher education programmes, focusing on advocacy, mindset change, and equitable education practices.


Recorded on Thursday 27 June 2024, 12.00 – 13.15 (UK time). Find out the time in your location.

About the speakers

Zanele Mukwedeya is a Programme Manager, based in Zimbabwe, with more than 25 years' experience leading large education and governance projects at national, regional and international levels, focused on capacity building for teachers, school leaders and policy makers. Through programmes such as Connecting Classrooms, Instructional Leadership and Leading Learning for Gender Equality, Zanele provides training for a 1,000 school leaders per year, managing 40 facilitators and convening training workshops across the region. Zanele has considerable Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) experience, working with the University of Nottingham on the comprehensive M&E programme for the Leading Learning for Gender Equality programme.

Rishikesh Shanker is a Professor and Associate Director at the School of Education, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, India. With 25 years of experience in research and teaching, he began his career as a teacher educator, showcasing innovative pedagogical practices and researching teaching and learning in schools. He has been associated with the Azim Premji Foundation for nearly two decades, conducting research in education. Currently, he teaches in the master’s programme at Azim Premji University and his research interests include educational policies, learner assessments, and teacher education. He has contributed to India’s National Education Policy 2020 and the National Curriculum Framework. A regular writer on educational policy, he is dedicated to making laws and policies accessible to everyone.Supporting material for this webinar

Pre-webinar reading

Find out more about our webinar theme with our suggested pre-reading:

  1. Creating more inclusive schooling

    Empowering school leaders to deliver equitable education, page 23–24

    How do we embed inclusive education techniques into teacher training, increasing advocacy and changing mindset? A policy perspective from the recent Indian policy initiatives, pages 32–34

  2. Being a teacher with disabilities: Perspectives, practices and opportunities

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