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Independent Higher Education Agency


Cordelia Bryan

John Burnett


Who are we?

IHEA is an independent Higher Education agency working in a new way to support teacher educators outside traditional hierarchical structures of HEIs.


What are our Aims & Values?

As co-founders of the Agency we start from our experience of life-wide learning including Steiner Waldorf, Montessori, Froebel and others seeking a more holistic approach to developing balanced human beings.

We recognise spirituality to be a normal and healthy part of daily life, as people experience connection with the wonder of nature, the cosmos and all existence; and we celebrate the many paths that explore this wonder and its meaning

The Agency is building an association of freelance individuals with HE expertise offering diverse approaches to professional development, including academic, physical, social, emotional and spiritual dimensions of learning.


What will the Agency offer?

IHEA will offer HE pedagogic services to groups and individuals seeking support with:

  • ·        accreditation
  • ·        curriculum & pedagogical development
  • ·        programme design
  • ·        CPD and PPD
  • ·        teacher observation  / appraisal     
  • ·        developing classroom skills
  • ·        governance
  • ·        sharing best practice
  • ·        inspection regimes  


How will the IHEA work?

  • ·        undertaking research projects and using its professional network to bring together teams with appropriate expertise and skills
  • having a commitment to ethical practice while avoiding  unnecessary bureaucratic structures
  • setting up a charity to provide financial support for projects with proven integrity
  • taking responsibility for drafting contracts, deciding on remuneration rates, setting professional standards, overseeing projects and maintaining quality assurance.
  • fostering international outreach with exchange and support for projects in developing  countries.



Cordelia Bryan – over 30 years of educational experience, 18 gained in HE Educational Development and freelance consultancy.


John Burnett – 25 years teaching experience, 17 as Director of the University of Plymouth’s BA programme in Waldorf Education.



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