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Clients, stakeholders, partners

  • Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, Department of Education

Focus

Master Trainer Training for Primary and Secondary teachers

The project

The British Council was invited by the Department of Education and the State Council for Educational Research and Training to improve the levels of English teaching and learning in the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi. The project will impact on 40 Mentors, 4000 English teachers and over 1 million students.

After an initial comprehensive needs analysis, the British Council identified the need to develop the teachers’ ability to use the existing curriculum to maximise the amount of English spoken in the classroom. To this end, we developed and conducted a ten-day teacher course for 400 teachers from the primary, secondary and senior secondary levels, as well as a series of workshops for 40 Principals who will provide administrative and pastoral support as mentors.

Approximately 160 of these teachers were selected to cascade training to the remaining 3,600 English teachers in the state. This cascade programme will be monitored and evaluated by an external consultant and by Indian experts.

All Master Trainers will be invited to join an online discussion group hosted on the British Council’s website www.teachingenglish.org.uk in order to share their experiences and give and seek advice about cascading training to their colleagues. The British Council is also working with the Department of Education to produce a series of films of teachers in the classroom which can be used as part of the cascade training programmes.

What the stakeholders say

We are pleased to be working on a collaborative cascade teacher development project to train 40 Mentors, 400 Master Trainers, 4000 teachers and impact on over 1 million students. The British Council’s considerable expertise has been reflected in the systematic manner in which the programme has been planned and implemented. The British Council has developed the teachers’ ability to adapt curricular materials in a more learner-centred way so as to foster an enhanced communicative environment for learning English. The methodology adopted to train the teachers is the same as they will in turn adopt in the classroom.
Rina Ray, Secretary of Education, Sports and Culture for the NCT of Delhi 

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