'Raising Muslim Achievement: Parents, Curriculum and Schools'
Saturday 22nd September 2012
Kingston University, London
There are over 400,000 Muslim pupils in full-time school education, more than 96% of whom are being educated in the maintained (state) sector.
There is a substantial lack of representation and involvement from the Muslim community in the state school sector particularly on school governing bodies and the teaching profession. Significant challenges include academic underachievement for a large proportion of Muslim children and the development of Islamic character, e.g. issues relating to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
We consider the active and influential participation of the Muslim community in maintained (state) schools to be essential in bringing about significant improvements in the educational fortunes of Muslim children.
This conference aims to provide a platform to understand the factors behind this lack of achievement by including all stake holders; teachers, parents, governors, and schools. Through the seminars and workshops we will address and discuss ways forward in how we can each play a part in raising achievement.
Key event speakers include:
-Tahir Alam, School Governance Consultant and Trainer. Specialises in school improvement to speak on:
'Evaluating performance and the current educational landscape'
-Shahid Akmal, Chair of Muslim Parents Association, Master Trainer and Parenting Expert to speak on:
'Parenting for Educational Excellence'
-Dr Matthew Tariq Wilkinson, Principal Researcher on the Curriculum for Cohesion project, Research Fellow at Cambridge Muslim College to speak on:
'Towards a Muslim Inclusive Curriculum for Raising Achievement'
Raising Achievement Workshops:
Curriculum: 'Improving Muslim achievement through the curriculum'
Maurice Irfan Coles, Director of the Islam and Citizenship in Education Project (ICE)
Governors & Governance: 'The impact of governors on raising achievement'
Asif Muhammad, Chairman of the Association of Muslim Governors
Racism & Islamophobia: 'Recognizing the realities and overcoming the challenges'
Dr Leon Moosavi, Expert on Racism, Islamophobia and the experience of people reverting to Islam
Pupils & Parents: 'Parenting for the 21st Century'
Shahid Akmal, Chair of Muslim Parents Association, Master Trainer and Parenting Expert
Faith & Education: 'Addressing the challenges of incorporating faith in education'
Hardeep Saini and Monzoor Hussain, Head and Assistant Head of Inner City Secondary School rated Outstanding by Ofsted