West Bengal State English Project

The British Council in partnership with Sarba Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) West Bengal and the West Bengal Board of Primary Education embarked on an ambitious programme - West Bengal State English Project (WeBStEP) to develop the English Textbook for the government primary schools across the State in 2003.

The West Bengal English Project focuses on upgrading English teaching in the state with teacher training, new syllabi and materials. We have helped prepare Pupils Books (grades 1 to 5), Teachers Books.

Project Objectives

  • to help students across the state from rural to urban contexts learn English in a fun and joyful way, using interactive methodology, group work and games
  • develop teacher’s ability to create more opportunities for the students to interact in English with each other in the classroom within the existing curriculum
  • to encourage the teachers to use a more child centred and activity based methodology in the classroom
  • to develop new materials for the teachers and pupils
  • to improve teachers’ confidence in using more English in the classroom
  • to supplement these materials by audio-visual materials aimed at teachers and trainers (discussion on this is underway with SSA).


  • 300 Master Trainers trained
  • 220,000 Primary teachers trained using the new textbook
  • 15 million pupils uses the new textbook across the state (till 2012)