The TEJAS project is a joint initiative delivered through a partnership between the Government of Maharashtra, Tata Trusts and the British Council. It aims to improve the quality of English language learning in primary schools. Under this initiative, teachers form face-to-face and digital communities of practice in their local areas through Teacher Activity Groups (TAGs). This enables them to develop their language ability, teaching skills, knowledge and experience. TEJAS also aims to revitalise the State Institute of English, Aurangabad, so that is it equipped to independently plan, manage and support English training initiatives across the state.

Project vision

A fully functioning, equipped and resourced SIE plans, manages and supports teachers in their training and development. Teachers form face-to-face and digital communities of practice through TAGs in their local areas which enables them to develop their language learning and teaching skills, knowledge and experience. This results in more motivated teachers who take part in a culture of sharing and learning which results in improved quality of teaching and learning in the classroom.

Project scope

Under the current programme, Teacher Activity Groups will take place across nine districts in Maharashtra (Aurangabad, Beed, Hingoli, Nashik, Nandurbar, Nagpur, Gadchiroli, Amravati and Yavatmal). There will be 750 TAGs which will meet on a monthly basis. These TAGs will be supported by 250 TAG Coordinators and approximately 18,000 teachers from across the nine districts will attend them. Thirty State Academic Resource Persons, based in the State Institute of English, Aurangabad, will be trained to support this and future teacher education initiatives. 

Measuring impact

The success of TEJAS will be measured based on three key aspects: participant engagement, evidence of participant learning and participant application of practice in the classroom. Baseline, midline and endline data will be collected for detailed analysis using classroom observations and focus group discussions.

As activities are completed, information on interim progress will be shared via this project page. 

Key activities

YEAR 1

Training of State Academic Resource Persons (SARPs) – face-to-face and online: orientation to the programme, English language teaching skills and development of ICT proficiency

Selection of Teacher Activity Group (TAG) Coordinators to facilitate the initial establishment of the groups in nine districts of Maharashtra

Training of TAG Coordinators – face-to-face and online: orientation to the programme and TAG coordination role, development of English language proficiency, development of English language teaching skills

Establishment of Teacher Activity Groups and participation by teachers at monthly meetings in nine districts

Establishment of WhatsApp groups for digital communities of practice to complement TAGs

Training of State Institute of English administrators and Block Resource Coordinators – face-to-face:  orientation to the programme, development of project management and communication skills

Orientation programme for Kendra Pramukhs and Head Teachers

Monitoring and evaluation to include classroom and TAG observations, focus group discussions and collection of Most Significant Change stories.

YEAR 2

Training of State Academic Resource Persons (SARPs)

Training of State Institute of English Administrators and Block Resource Coordinators 

Identification and development of TAG facilitators by TAG Coordinators

Teacher Activity Groups continue 

Monitoring and evaluation of TAGs and classroom practice

Symposium event to share learning and experiences

YEAR 3

Training of State Academic Resource Persons (SARPs)

Training of State Institute of English administrators and Block Resource Coordinators 

Identification and development of TAG facilitators by TAG Coordinators

Teacher Activity Groups continue 

Monitoring and evaluation of TAGs and classroom practice

Programme evaluation to inform scaling up the model across the state

Symposium event to share learning and experiences