New training programme for supplementary school teachers

Article dated Tuesday Feb 20, 2018 at 04:28 PM

Bradford Council is helping to deliver a new training programme aimed at developing the skills of Muslim supplementary school teachers working in the district.

Bradford Council's Diversity and Cohesion Service has teamed up with national organisation Strengthening Faith Institution (SFI) and the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education (NRCSE) to launch this programme.

The course will support the work of 45 teachers from madrassahs in the district.

It was launched at an event at City Hall, attended by Rabbi Natan Levy, a prominent interfaith leader from the SFI, representatives from the NRCSE along with with local Imams and teachers from Masjid Quba, Masjid Noor Ul Islam and the Al-Muwatta Institute.

The programme will give an overview of the English education system and explore how supplementary schools can contribute to a child's development. It will allow people to understand the roles and responsibilities of teachers and how they can support children's welfare.

Imams will also learn the teaching methodologies adopted by the Qur'an and the Prophets, and about the development of madrassahs in Britain and how they can contribute to a child’s life.

This programme is aimed at madrassah teachers who wish to obtain a new national vocational qualification - a level three certificate in teaching in the supplementary education sector.

Bradford Council's Diversity and Cohesion Service has been recognised nationally for the way it works with and supports the district's supplementary schools.

Javed Bashir, from the council's Diversity and Cohesion Service said: "This new programme will help to improve the quality of teaching in Islamic supplementary schools. We are very pleased to be working with the Strengthening Faith Institution (SFI) and the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education to deliver a programme which can make a positive impact on young peoples’ lives."

Coun Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s executive member for education, employment and skills said: "Supplementary schools can play an important part in children’s development and I am very pleased that we are working with nationally recognised partners to help develop the skills of the teachers working in these schools."

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