Who supports the teachers? November 19, 2009Posted by Seamus in English for Progress.
Tags: British Council, British Council India, British Council Sri Lanka, David Graddol, ELT conference, English for Progress, English Next India, INSETT, mentoring, Primary education, Project English, RESC, teaching English, Third Policy Dialogue
Among the many fascinating statistic’s in David Graddol’s address last night,one comment resonated with me, and with many others if my conversations at the reception that followed were typical. Any programme is only as good as the teachers on the ground. Teachers sometimes attend training at the start of a new initiative but are then left alone to get on with it.
In Sri Lanka, there is a network of 30 Regional English Support Centres (RESCs) with well trained and committed staff who act as mentors to teachers at the local level. The more I interact with the RESC staff the more impressed Iam.
Is there such a netwrork in other places that provides continuing in-service support to teachers and is it well supporgted from the centre?