Teachers and Master Trainers who participated in project activities have overwhelmingly expressed their satisfaction with what they learnt.
When surveyed, 97 per cent of Master Trainers stated they were doing things differently in their classrooms as a result of their participation in this project and 97 per cent of Master Trainers felt that their involvement in the project has helped their learners. Many were able to give specific examples of how; learners are participating more actively, they are benefiting from the range of techniques and activities covered in the training, and they are more confident to speak in English.
This finding is supported by the monitoring and evaluation data collected during classroom observations so far conducted in three states, with every observed Master Trainer using at least one of the activities/techniques developed during British Council training, in their classroom. In total, 76 per cent of observed parameters were met or partially met.
The project has established WhatsApp communities of practice for Master Trainers in seven states. These groups are vibrant and enable Master Trainers to discuss their learning, to share examples of implementing training content in their classrooms, and for the British Council to share online resources and ideas for their continuing professional development. It has been noticed that WhatsApp is a more accessible communication channel than email, and we have continued to share CPD recommendations during the Covid-19 crisis.
The 65 per cent pass rate in the myEnglish online course indicates that despite widespread questions around internet connectivity and access, teacher development in the Northeast can incorporate online and blended approaches. Best practices included ongoing technical support via mobiles and WhatsApp, face-to-face orientations, and combining self-access inputs with synchronous videoconferencing.
Seven states now have cadres of up to 50 trained Master Trainers who have a range of training skills to enable them to facilitate teacher education initiatives in each state. They have also been prepared to deliver the five-day 30-hour course.
Out of the 630 teachers in the end-of-course feedback survey, 78 per cent strongly agreed, and a further 21 per cent agreed that they had acquired new knowledge and/or skills. In terms of whether the five-day training met their expectations, 58 per cent of teachers strongly agreed, and a further 41 per cent agreed.