The British Council works together with state governments across India to improve primary level teachers' English language confidence and proficiency. We also focus on developing teachers' knowledge and practice of learning-centred teaching methodology, helping them to convert this knowledge into action in the classroom. We do this by working with state governments in building the capacity of local teacher educators who can then in turn train, support and mentor primary teachers in large numbers.
We aim to move beyond a dependency on formal face-to-face training events by building in varied opportunities for continuing professional development involving the use of innovative resources and a variety of distribution channels. These development opportunities are designed to meet the needs of key stakeholder groups including government administrators, head teachers, teacher educators and teachers.
The content of our primary level projects is closely aligned to the curriculum and course books in use within the state, informed by detailed needs analysis studies. Our interventions involve ongoing planning and consultation with our partners through steering committee and academic team meetings. Our overall goal is to create sustainable, long term impact, improving the teaching and learning of English in all primary classrooms.
During the Covid19 pandemic, we have pivoted our delivery to online modes and created resources for teachers to support them in the transition to teaching online and remotely.
Find out more about our approach here.