AARMS induction February 2017 from L-R: Vivek Joshi, Chandeep Marwah, Esther Gloria Sahu, Sonika Gupta, Santosh Mahapatra, Kuheli Mukherjee, Kalyan Chattopadhyay, Amol Padwad, Krishna Dixit, Milind Mane, Anirudha Rout, Suman Chawla, Raminder Kaur Mac, Usha Malhan. ©

British Council

British Council India is delighted to announce the launch of a new award scheme for teacher educators and academics to mentor a group of English language teachers on their action research projects. This scheme provides an excellent opportunity to support teachers and:

  • create an environment and framework that enables a group of teachers to try out different approaches and ideas 
  • develop their reflective practice
  • make choices and decisions about their teaching styles
  • develop their confidence
  • help them improve their student learning.

Induction of the AARMS mentors

On the 20-21 February 2017 we held our induction for 13 out of the 14 AARMS mentors in Delhi. The induction was hosted by the AARMS facilitators: Amol Padwad and Richard Smith. Over the course of a day and a half Amol and Richard introduced the main principles and practices of action research, which prompted plenty of rich and lively discussions around the AARMS mentors’ hopes and expectations for their mentees. Time was also spent exploring the role of a mentor and what qualities and skills they would need to exhibit to effectively support their mentees. At the end of the induction all the mentors expressed their excitement about the scheme and getting to work with their mentees. Watch this space!

What is action research?

Action or classroom-based research begins with the teacher and a question or questions they might have about classroom experiences, issues, or challenges. It is a highly reflective process that encourages teachers to examine their own practice and discover what will and will not work for their students in their classrooms.

Why is the award scheme for mentors working with groups of teachers?

Mentors can play a key role in helping teachers grow, learn and transform. Having a mentor work with teachers on their research projects ensures they will have the necessary support and guidance they need as they navigate the process of classroom based research.

What benefits will mentors gain?

Throughout the scheme mentors will:

  • receive extensive feedback, mentoring and support from ELT classroom research specialists from India and the UK 
  • strengthen their existing mentoring and research skills
  • establish a network of professional relationships
  • gain experience in project management.

What themes can teachers explore in their classrooms?

Teachers will work with their mentor and together they will identify classroom challenges and potential solutions related to:

  • Assessment
  • Multilingual education
  • Innovation and ICT
  • Developing 21st century skills

What are the criteria for the awards?

The scheme is able to grant awards to teacher educators and academics that have:

  • identified a group of between three to 10 teachers they will work with
  • have some experience of mentoring or leading groups of teachers 
  • an interest and some experience in classroom-based research
  • a clear picture of who the group members are, what their various roles are, and what the group is aiming to achieve
  • a clear plan, with a schedule of activity clearly explaining what group members will be doing month by month
  • a proposed budget that shows how the money awarded will be spent for research-related purposes.

Note: teacher-researchers in the group do not need to be all researching the same theme.

AARMS Awardees for 2017-18

We are very pleased to announce our Aptis Action Research Mentor Scheme Awardees for 2017-18:

Anirudha Rout, Tamara Philip, Vivek Joshi, Chandeep Marwah, Suman Chawla, Usha Malhan, Sonika Gupta, Esther Gloria Sahu, Kuheli Mukherjee, Kalyan Chattopadhyay, Santosh Mahapatre, Raminder Mac, Krishna Dixit and Milind Mane and their eighty four mentees.

We would also like to thank all those applied.

Two Aptis Action Research coordinators have been appointed Amol Padwad and Dr Richard Smith and they will be working closely with the awardees, over the duration of the scheme.

Over the next 13 months will be providing regular updates on the scheme here on this webpage so we hope you will join us as we follow the awardees and their activities.