Aptis Action Research Mentor Scheme (AARMS)

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.

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.

Is there any support for the application process?

YES! On the 15 December 2016 at 4:30pm we will be running a webinar to help guide interested individuals through the application process. Time will be spent looking at the different sections and what type of information is needed to successfully complete the application. It is also an opportunity to ask questions about the scheme and how it works. This webinar will be recorded and linked to this webpage so those who are unable to attend the webinar will be able to access its content.

If you are a teacher educator or academic and you know of a group of teachers you could potentially work with, please do apply!

Mentors awarded funding will be expected to maintain contact with an assigned AARMS core team member, reporting to them on progress during the year, and share their findings and experiences in a public forum by the end of March 2018. There will also be a series of face to face meetings and a research symposium that all mentors will be expected to attend and contribute to.

The deadline for applications, using the application form provided in the downloads section below is midnight 10 January 2017. Applicants will hear about the success or otherwise of their application by 16 February 2017.

Completed application forms should be sent to: Aarms-India@in.britishcouncil.org