Introduction and Context
The very principal on which a School is founded was that it would be a school that would uphold strong traditional (orthodox) Sunni Islamic values and that these Islamic values would be at the heart of all decisions made about and for The School.
Cam writes policies based on a guideline to ensure that these Islamic values permeate through the very fabric of The School. The CAM policy serves as a reference point, for the Whole School Community)(WSC), so that, what we mean by Islamic Ethos is clear to everyone.
This document should only be revised by the Trustees, any individual members (including the Headteacher(s) or collective group (including the governing body of the school) should not have jurisdiction over this policy document and hence do not have the powers to change the contents of this document – this jurisdiction only lies with the Trustees. CAM have access to orthodox Islamic scholars when drawing up a Islamic ethos policy and will consult many scholars when making any amendments.
This policy has been divided into sections which describe what should expected by The School to ensure that Islamic Ethos is upheld from the Management, Staff (teaching and non-teaching), pupils and visitors.
The application of this policy is paramount to upholding and maintaining the ethos at The School. Since the ethos of the school is the backbone of its foundation anyone who breaks any clauses within the policy may be deemed as unsuitable for The School.
Pupils who do not observe these regulations will be categorised as misbehaving and hence will be subject to sanctions as per The School’s behaviour policy.
CAM advises that the Trustees appoint Spiritual Leader(s) for the primary and secondary schools (it may be the same person who is responsible for both Schools) whose role will be to ensure that this Policy is being adhered to, by all in the School. The Spiritual Leader(s) will report directly to the Principal / Headteacher or in his/her absence to the Trustees. The Spiritual Leader(s) will also act as a point of initial contact for assisting teaching and non-teaching staff in such related matters.
The Spiritual Leader(s) has a very pivotal role to play in the school in up-keeping the Islamic ethos of the School. The activities of the WSC contribute to the ethos of the school. Hence the Spiritual Leader’s jurisdiction will fall across all of these, with respect to the upkeep of the Ethos of the school. E.g. The Spiritual Leader should ensure that the following take place as described in this document (this is not a complete list, it is just provided here as an example).
- Assemblies with Islamic references
- All pupils observe the School Uniform
- The Islamic curriculum is being followed
- The Citizenship curriculum includes Islamic references
- Correct nasheeds are being used and that all audio and video content do not fall foul of Islamic regulations
- Activities are taking place to ensure that the ideal characteristics that the School wishes to instil in the pupils
- Staff at the school are adhering to dress code
The Spiritual Leader(s) will be responsible for the Islamic Studies curriculum and any changes to this must be approved by the Spiritual Leader(s).
Teaching staff should refer to the Spiritual Leader(s) for guidance on teaching material/topics and whether they conform to Islamic ethos of the school. Certain subjects like SRE will be taught under strict Islamic guidance. The Spiritual Leader should be consulted whenever a teacher has a doubt. Over a period of time the Spiritual Leader(s) will validate all text books and reading books that are being used in the school. The Spiritual Leaders will also provide pastoral support for staff and pupils when required.
Ideally the Spiritual Leader(s) will also have a teaching role in The School and hence will have a first hand view of practices and general Islamic behaviour in the classrooms.
May Allaah Ta’aala (Most High) guide us all to His recognition and worship as is His due. May He (Most High) also enable us to fulfil our responsibilities and duties as teachers and educationalists in preparing the Muslim Ummah (Community) to prosper and succeed in both worlds. Aameen. Developing the Islamic personality is a lofty goal that our Messenger (saw) came with, as can be deduced from his(saw) statements:
“I have only been sent for the purpose of perfecting the good manners.” Al-Muwatta
“There is nothing which is heavier upon the Balance than good character.” Abu Dawud (41:4781).
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