English Partnerships was initiated in 2007, working across the public/state sector, with CSR foundations and NGOs. We aim to raise the standards of English for young people using a holistic approach to teacher education, facilitating access to education and career opportunities. In 2013, the project achieved a high level of interest after Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and David Cameron announced that by 2018, the UK would train 1.5 million English teachers in India. This built upon an earlier announcement in 2008 by former Prime Ministers Singh and Brown that the British Council would reach 750,000 million teachers across India by 2012, which was achieved in partnership with 11 state governments.
Our work in English brings together policy makers, institutions from the private and public sector, academics and researchers from the UK and India to work in partnership for the achievement of our shared objectives. We commission and disseminate evidence-based research to support positive change and development in English language education in India, sharing the resulting innovation and examples of best practice in the UK for mutual benefit.
Since 2007, we have worked in partnership with 12 state governments, including Bihar, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal to improve the standards of English language teacher training, teaching and learning at the primary and secondary levels.
Working with local bodies such as SCERT, SSA, RMSA and other private and public sector partners, we have trained over 8,071 Master Trainers who have directly impacted on over 836,190 teachers to date.
We have collaborated with several institutions, universities, foundations and NGOs including the Employment Generation and Marketing Mission (EGMM), LANCO Institute of General Humanitarian Trust, Bennett, Coleman and Co. Ltd, publisher of the Times of India, the Aga Khan Foundation, Pratham, Naandi Foundation and the Digital Empowerment Foundation to improve the employment prospects of young people in rural, semi-rural and urban India
We have partnerships with UK and Indian universities in order to develop research links and build capacity within the field of English language education. We are currently working with the University of Warwick, the University of Reading and the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad.
We have developed a range of products in partnerships that aim to provide innovative digital English learning opportunities to huge audiences whose economic or geographic situation makes them hard to reach. In all our projects, we aim to demonstrate exemplary practice in m-learning, e-learning, print, TV and radio delivery. We also integrate the use of our global MOOCs wherever possible, delivered in partnership with FutureLearn.