More than 20 teachers from the district’s supplementary schools celebrated their success at a prestigious ceremony at Bradford’s City Hall.
Imams, faith leaders and supplementary school teachers were among those collecting certificates after completing a ground-breaking initiative run by Bradford Council’s Children Services in partnership with Bradford College.
The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Geoff Reid presented certificates to the students who completed BTEC Level 3 in Education and Training and Andy Welsh, CEO of Bradford College, was a special guest.
The aim of the initiative was to improve teaching skills and offer a formal qualification as many of the teachers do not have recognised teaching qualifications, particularly in the UK. One of the recommendations in the IPPR report ‘Inside Madrassa’ published
in 2011 was to provide accredited teacher training for madrassa teachers.
In Bradford more than 10,000 children attend supplementary schools in the evening and at weekends and the new qualification will bring a change to teaching and learning taking place within these institutions. Many children who go to the mainstream schools
during the day often find a different world in the supplementary schools where teachers often do not have relevant knowledge and skills of teaching in the British education system.
Bradford Council, working in partnership with Bradford College, developed the course to equip teachers within supplementary schools to deliver their lessons more effectively and understand diverse learning needs leading to a full teaching qualification status.
The course covered the roles and responsibilities of the teacher, understanding and using inclusive teaching and learning approaches and the principles of assessment. Participants were required to have evidence that they were teaching in supplementary schools
and have good written and spoken English and IT skills. A wide range of teaching methods were used to meet participants learning requirements, including lectures, group activities, workshops, tutorials and sessions in assignment writing. The qualification
was assessed using a combination of assignments and a micro-teaching session delivered to the group.
Cathy Mitchell, Senior Lecturer in Teacher Training, said: "There is nothing more important or precious than ensuring that all teachers are equipped with the skills and confidence to deliver an engaging, differentiated and inclusive lesson.
"It has been a privilege to see the enthusiasm with which these individuals have embraced the course and the experience has clearly had an impact on their practice."
Imtiaz Musa, teacher at Masjid Quba in Bradford, said: "The Level 3 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".