As part of the project, the following activities have been completed:
Teacher baseline observations: The objective was to observe the teachers’ classroom practice before they receive any training on the project. 25 teachers who were teaching English for year 1 semester 2, were randomly selected and observed. Observations were conducted using an observation tool that is mapped to the British Council’s Teaching for Success approach.
Leadership and project management skills training for Principals: To ensure the principals’ training is relevant to their needs, a short needs assessment activity was conducted. Two online focus groups (FGs) were conducted for this purpose. These lasted for one hour each. An online survey was also published, and 56 Principals participated in this survey. The FGD and the survey helped assess the needs from the principals to understand their role, their professional development requirements and the support they require in their roles. Consequently, this information helped identify themes and skills that need prioritising in the training. This training was conducted in Kolkata. 48 participants attended this training programme of which 25 were principals and the others were those in leadership positions. The training focussed on the following themes:
- Leadership and management
- Project management
- Staff development and staff voice
- Mentoring and coaching
- Student centred learning
- Changing perceptions
The training was delivered via presentations and incorporated a bilingual approach.