MPBSE project activity 

The British Council and Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education (MPBSE) are working together on a four-year project aiming to develop the spoken English communication skills of two million learners per year from all Madhya Pradesh government High Schools and Higher Secondary schools. The vision of the project, is that by 2022, English language teaching and learning at secondary level will be of sufficient quality to enable improved life opportunities for learners.

Objectives

  • two million Class 9 to Class 12 learners in Madhya Pradesh government High Schools and Higher Secondary schools per year will experience high quality English language teaching and have access to opportunities to develop and practise the English skills necessary for employment and future opportunities. They will participate actively in regular spoken English classes within the school timetable, aligned to the MPBSE General English syllabus, using a British Council spoken English communication skills course
  • seven thousand teachers of English from all government High Schools and Higher Secondary schools across the 51 districts of Madhya Pradesh will use English more confidently in the classroom. They will use more learning-centred approaches with both their textbooks and a customised British Council spoken English communications skills course, which they will use to teach Class 9 to 12 learners as a parallel track within the curriculum
  • teachers will take greater responsibility for their own continuing professional development (CPD), have increased access to high quality self-access digital and print CPD resources, participate in monthly block-level Teacher Activity Group meetings, and interact in WhatsApp/ Facebook communities of practice
  • a cadre of 204 Master Trainers will deliver effective teacher training courses, facilitate classroom mentoring and facilitate monthly block-level Teacher Activity Groups
  • MPBSE will have improved capacity to implement and sustain successful in-service English language teacher development programmes at High School and Higher Secondary level, effectively utilising the skills of the Master Trainers to lead these initiatives, and the network of block-level Teacher Activity Groups. 

 

Key activities

  • the British Council selected and trained 204 Master Trainers (12 days per year) to develop their training skills, familiarity with training materials and the British Council spoken English communication skills course for secondary learners
  • Master Trainers train teachers (10 days per year) to develop their use of learning-centred approaches, techniques and activities in conjunction with the Madhya Pradesh Secondary textbook and the British Council spoken English communication skills course for secondary learners
  • class 9 to Class 12 learners from Madhya Pradesh government High Schools and Higher Secondary schools experience a 60-hour British Council spoken English communication skills course, delivered by their English teacher in parallel with the Madhya Pradesh English subject curriculum. The course will build learners’ general English spoken communication skills, with a focus on specific life skills relevant to their further education and/or employability
  • establish monthly block-level Teacher Activity Group meetings (from Year 2), in which teachers meet their Master Trainer to discuss classroom successes and challenges, develop their English skills and share CPD opportunities 
  • project orientations for parents, school Principals and education officials, so that they understand the objectives of the project, its benefits for learners and teachers, and how they can support it
  • capacity building workshops for MPBSE to support them in planning and implementing teacher education projects
  • monitoring and evaluation of all project-related activities, to give teachers and Master Trainers developmental support, gather qualitative and quantitative data to understand impact, and identify lessons and emerging needs in order to refine project delivery.