Introducing Mr Tai; special guest speaker at Charlie Hebdo

It is a great pleasure to introduce Mr Kaushar Tai as a guest speaker at next week's Charlie Hebdo event in Walsall.  Kaushar Tai one of Britain's most recognised and experienced Muslim consultants on Islam, interfaith and race relations, and has been invited to host his courses on Islam and culture clashes across the world, including USA,... Continue Reading →

Charlie Hebdo & Islam; effectively handling controversy and FBV

In response to January’s dark anniversary, the Association of Muslims Schools presents a unique Cooperative Learning course to teachers in Walsall primary and secondary schools. Following the development of 21st century British Muslim, I have created this twilight course for the AMS to provide delegates with a transferable lesson plan to handle ISIS, terrorism, homophobia and similar... Continue Reading →

“Healing Fractures II”#3: philosophizing from subject knowledge

A number of attendees at "Healing Fractures II - Beyond Birmingham?" have requested links to some of the materials used in the investigative unit. This unit allowed a collaborative yet personal approach to the wide scope of Trojan Horse fall-out. Following the mental and emotional lead-in using open questions and imagery discussed in the previous Healing Fractures II... Continue Reading →

Enquiry & Immersion; Thank you too!

We have successfully concluded the pilot of the "Enquiry & Immersion" field trips for primary and are very grateful to have received this pupil feedback. . On Wednesday and Thursday of Islam Awareness Week 100+ Year 6 pupils from our local Avenue Junior School visited Ihsan Mosque in Norwich to participate in the new school visits programme.... Continue Reading →

eCL#4: Questions about Islam; a ready-to-use 37-card set

Of general interest to any RE teacher in KS2+ dealing with Islam, and especially to attendees at the CPD course Islam in RE: Religious Literacy & Controversy Through Enquiry and the Ihsan Mosque Enquiry & Immersion field trips, now finally available to primary schools after the Islam Awareness Week pilot.  The latest edition of cooperativelearning.works newsletter,  eCL,  is a 37 card... Continue Reading →

Burning issues in the RE classroom; morals & the murder Moaz al-Kasasbeh

The sadistic murder of the captured Jordanian fighter pilot is an example of a more general, symptomatic issue related to ISIS, which should be pointed out in classrooms and is useful for staging further enquiry into moral dilemmas. First of all, specifically related to subject matter of Islam, ISIS claims to be fighting to establish the Sharia (Islamic... Continue Reading →

Charlie’s Angels or Sympathy for the Devils? A full RE lesson plan on the Paris attacks

The following is a scalable, instantly applicable RE lesson plan related to the Paris murders, replete with differentiated sample materials for secondary. It uses Cooperative Learning to foster tightly controlled discussions of controversial materials in a safe environment and includes strategies for assessment, evidence of learning and SMSC integration in compliance with DfE requirements. Elements of the lesson may... Continue Reading →

Paris murders in Norfolk classrooms? The responsibility of RE teachers & the Muslim community

Charlie Hebdo: In areas with a low concentration of Muslims, the importance of RE in relation to the "social cohesion" mentioned in Mr Nash's recent letter is all the greater. Pupils in counties such as our own Norfolk do not routinely interact with Muslims, leaving only media pieces when puzzling together an image of Islam and the murders in Paris. This is especially... Continue Reading →

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