Supplementary school teachers celebrate earning education qualifications

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Supplementary school teachers, Imams and faith leaders have earned new teaching qualifications through a ground-breaking initiative run by Bradford Council in partnership with Bradford College.

More than twenty teachers from the district’s supplementary schools and Bradford's Interfaith Education Centre have completed a BTEC Level three qualification in Education and Training through this new programme.

They will celebrate their success at a ceremony on Monday April 24 from 5.30pm until 7.00pm at City Hall.   The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Geoff Reid, and Lady Mayoress, Chris Reid, will present certificates.

There will also be a presentation of a posthumous award to Rajinder Singh Panesar, Sikh faith leader at the Ramgarhia Gurdwara, in Bradford, who passed away during the course. His wife and son will collect the award on his behalf. 

The aim of the initiative was to improve teaching skills in supplementary schools and to provide a route to a formal qualification.

Coun Imran Khan, Bradford Council's Executive Member for Education, Employment and Skills, said:  "This is really pleasing that so many people have gained this recognition.  Many of the teachers who give their time voluntarily in supplementary schools do not have teaching qualifications recognised  in the UK.

"Bradford Council working in partnership with Bradford College developed this course to equip teachers within supplementary schools to deliver their lessons more effectively. It is hoped that participants will go on to gain a full teaching qualification.  

One of the recommendations in the IPPR report  ‘Inside Madrassas’ published in 2011 was  to provide accredited teacher training for madrassa teachers. 

The programme will benefit Bradford children who  attend supplementary schools in the evening and at weekends by bringing a change to the teaching and learning taking place within these institutions."

Imtiaz Musa, teacher at the Masjid Quba, said: “The level three Education and Training course has meant that I am able to deliver effective lessons to our students and has helped me to understand the tools and techniques that can be used in teaching and understanding diverse learning needs.”

Geraldine Cooper, the Interim Head of the Diversity and Cohesion said:  “I am delighted that the Faith Tutors from the Interfaith Education Centre have been given the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification.

“They studied alongside their colleagues from supplementary schools and I hope that this is the beginning of a greater collaboration between the Interfaith Education Centre, which is part of the council’s Diversity and Cohesion service, and supplementary schools.”


Contact:  Javed Bashir, T 01274 439385 or email


The attached photo shows the late Rajinder Singh Panesar with the Lord Mayor, Coun Geoff Reid.



Published: 21/04/2017
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Contact: Javed Bashir

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