Effecting Change Within and Across a National Education System

Power, Tom; Eyres, Ian and McCormick, Robert (2019). Effecting Change Within and Across a National Education System. In: Eyres, Ian; McCormick, Robert and Power, Tom eds. Sustainable English Language Teacher Development at Scale. Lessons from Bangladesh. London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 1–6.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5040/9781350043503.0010


English In Action (EIA) consisted of two components: BBC Janala, a non-formal learning service for adults; and the EIA Teacher Development Programme for primary and secondary schools. Both components received multiple international awards for the innovative use of new pedagogies and technologies to improve the teaching and learning of English language in Bangladesh and the programme as a whole was considered by the U.K.'s Department for International Development to be one of its 'flagship projects', and one had made a 'positive impact' on the quality of English language learning in government schools. This book is about the EIA schools component, which was widely judged to be one of the most successful large-scale teacher development projects in low to middle income countries, reaching 43,000 primary teachers (21% of the workforce), 11,000 secondary teachers and over 7 million schoolchildren across Bangladesh. The purpose of this book is to provide a detailed, analytical and critical account of the EIA teacher development programme, setting out lessons learned during the 10 years of implementation from 2008-18.

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