Our class sizes are kept to a maximum of 15 students per class. This will insha Allaah allow children to gain more individual attention than normal after school Islamic schools or traditional Madrasahs.
MADRASAH AL-TAWHID operates from 4:30pm to 6:30pm on Monday to Friday. Parent/guardians are expected to bring their children on time. Pupils must be collected immediately after classes end and not later than 6:35pm.
For the progress and development of all students it is essential that pupils maintain a full attendance throughout the time with MADRASAH AL-TAWHID. Non-attendance must be accompanied by a letter from the parent the following day.
Lateness of arrival disrupts classes and teaching. Parent/guardians should ensure strict adherence to the school opening hours. No pupils will be allowed to leave the premises during MADRASAH AL-TAWHID hours without permission from the Head teacher.
Failure to attend over a long period of time may mean the pupil’s place being given to someone else – and may require re-application.
Student Code of Conduct
It is the objective of Madrasah al-Tawhid project to provide a safe and secure Islamic environment for our children to learn and develop. Pupils are expected to show respect and obey their teachers at all times. The Headteacher may withdraw students from MADRASAH AL-TAWHID if their conduct is deemed detrimental to the health, safety and general etiquettes of a Muslim.
Pupils must not cause damage to either school property or the property of fellow pupils, nor must they attempt to remove any equipment from the premises. Parents of the offending pupils will be asked to attend the school to discuss their child’s behaviour and will invoiced for any damaged caused.
Parents are requested to show respect towards our teachers and not to ever show dissent in front of children as this would jeopardise our values. Entry into the school premises by parents during MADRASAH AL-TAWHID hours will not be permitted without prior permission from the Head teacher.
Although MADRASAH AL-TAWHID does not have specific uniform, parents are asked to ensure their children adhere to Madrasah al-Tawhid dress code which consists of the following:
- No shorts above knee length
- No clothing containing images of cartoons or live objects must be worn
- Scarf should be worn
- Long dresses to be worn
- No clothing containing images of cartoons or live objects must be worn
Children not adhering to the dress code policy may be sent home.
Behaviour and Discipline Principles Statement
1. Aims and expectations
1.1 It is a primary aim of our Madrasah that every member of the Madrasah community feels valued and respected, and that each person is treated fairly and well. We are a caring community, whose values are built on mutual trust and respect for all. The Madrasah behaviour policy is therefore designed to support the way in which all members of the Madrasah can live and work together in a supportive way. It aims to promote an environment where everyone feels happy, safe, and secure.
1.2 The Madrasah has a number of Madrasah rules, but the primary aim of the behaviour policy is not a system to enforce rules. It is a means of promoting good relationships, so that people can work together with the common purpose of helping everyone to learn. This policy supports the Madrasah community in aiming to allow everyone to work together in an effective and considerate way.
1.3 The Madrasah expects every member of the Madrasah community to behave in a considerate way towards others.
1.4 We treat all children fairly and apply this behaviour policy in a consistent way.
1.5 This policy aims to help children to grow in a safe and secure environment, and to become positive, responsible, and increasingly independent members of the Madrasah community.
1.6 The Madrasah rewards good behaviour, as it believes that this will develop an ethos of kindness and co-operation. This policy is designed to promote good behaviour, rather than merely deter anti-social behaviour.
2. Good Behaviour
2.1 We praise and reward children for good behaviour in a variety of ways:
• teachers congratulate children;
• teachers inform parents when their children have had good behaviour through letters, phone calls or comments after the Madrasah
• teachers give children reward points
• reward points are ‘banked’ over a period of a half a term and earn children special prizes and treats.
• each week we nominate a child from each class to be in the “Golden child’
• each ‘child who is nominated’ receives a certificate and a letter to parents in the Madrasah assembly;
• we distribute merits to children either for consistent good work or behaviour, or to acknowledge outstanding effort or acts of kindness in Madrasah.
2.2 The Madrasah acknowledges all the efforts and achievements of children, both in and out of Madrasah. The “Golden Child Assembly” is an opportunity to share and celebrate information and achievements regarding pupil achievement in the Madrasah.
3.1 We expect children to listen carefully to instructions at all times and to try their best in all activities. If children chose not to do so, a number of progressive sanctions are employed. Children are warned about their behaviour and the consequences at each stage. Those pupils who do not follow classroom rules and the behaviour expectations of the teacher are, in the first instance, given a warning about their behaviour (Step One). If the pupil continues to misbehave, they are then given time out in class for 5- 10 minutes to allow them to calm down and reflect on their behaviour (Step Two). If the behaviour persists the pupil is then sent to another class in the year group for a further ‘time out’ period (Step Three).
If the pupil returns and there is no improvement in their behaviour, they are sent to the Assistant Head Teacher (Step Four). When a child reaches this stage, the teacher will inform his/her parents.
3.2 If a pupil does not try to change their behaviour following intervention from the Assistant Head Teacher, the Assistant Head Teacher will intervene and request a meeting with parents and the class teacher to discuss behaviour strategies and future sanctions. If there is no improvement in behaviour the Deputy Head will meet with parents. Finally, the matter will be dealt with by the Head of Madrasah.
3.3 Very serious incidents of misbehavior (e.g., fighting, racism, bullying) will be directed towards a Senior Manager in the first instance. Parents will be informed, and a meeting arranged to discuss the incident and possible sanctions.
3.4 Any pupil who misbehaves or chooses not to follow Madrasah rules can expect to lose certain privileges as a form of sanction. Possible sanctions include loss of reward points earned, being withdrawn from class, being withdrawn from the Madrasah altogether.
3.5 All members of staff are aware of the regulations regarding the use of force by teachers, as set out in DfEE Circular 10/98, relating to section 550A of the Education Act 1996: The Use of Force to Control or Restrain Pupils. Teachers in our Madrasah do not hit, push, or slap children. Staff only intervene physically to restrain children or to prevent injury to a child, or if a child is in danger of hurting him/herself. The actions that we take are in line with government guidelines on the restraint of children.
4. The role of the class teacher
4.1 It is the responsibility of the class teacher to ensure that the Madrasah rules are enforced in their class, and that their class behaves in a responsible manner during lesson time.
4.2 The class teachers in our Madrasah have high expectations of the children in terms of behaviour, and they strive to ensure that all children work to the best of their ability.
4.3 The class teacher treats each child fairly and enforces the classroom code consistently. The teacher treats all children in their class with respect and understanding.
4.4 If a child misbehaves repeatedly in class, the class teacher keeps a record of all such incidents. In the first instance, the class teacher deals with incidents him/herself in the normal manner. However, if misbehaviour continues, the class teacher will seek help and advice from the assistant head, in more serious cases, senior managers
4.5 The class teacher reports to parents about the progress of each child in their class, in line with the whole–Madrasah policy. The class teacher may also contact a parent if there are concerns about the behaviour or welfare of a child.
5. The role of the Head of Madrasah
5.1 It is the responsibility of the Head of Madrasah, under the Madrasah Standards and Framework Act 1998, to implement the Madrasah behaviour policy consistently throughout the Madrasah, and to report to Trustees, when requested, on the effectiveness of the policy. It is also the responsibility of the Head of Madrasah to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of all children in the Madrasah.
5.2 The Head of Madrasah supports the staff by implementing the policy, by setting the standards of behaviour, and by supporting staff in the implementation of the policy.
5.3 The Head of Madrasah keeps records of all reported serious incidents of misbehaviour.
5.4 The Head of Madrasah has the responsibility for giving fixed-term suspensions to individual children for serious acts of misbehaviour. For repeated or very serious acts of anti-social behaviour, the Head of Madrasah may permanently exclude a child.
6. The role of parents
6.1 The Madrasah works collaboratively with parents, so children receive consistent messages about how to behave at home and at Madrasah.
6.2 We expect parents to support their child’s learning, and to co-operate with the Madrasah. We try to build a supportive dialogue between the home and the Madrasah, and we inform parents immediately if we have concerns about their child’s welfare or behaviour.
6.3 If the Madrasah has to use reasonable sanctions to punish a child, parents should support the actions of the Madrasah. If parents have any concern about the way that their child has been treated, they should initially contact the class teacher. If the concern remains, they should contact the Madrasah trustees. If these discussions cannot resolve the problem, a formal grievance or appeal process can be implemented.
7. The role of Trustees
7.1 The Trustees have the responsibility of setting down these general guidelines on standards of discipline and behaviour, and of reviewing their effectiveness. The Trustees support the Head of Madrasah in carrying out these guidelines.
7.2 The Head of Madrasah has the day-to-day authority of implementing the Madrasah behaviour and discipline policy, but Trustees may give advice to the Head of Madrasah about particular disciplinary issues. The Head of Madrasah must take this into account when making decisions about matters of behaviour.
8. Fixed-term and permanent exclusions/Suspensions
8.1 Only the Head of Madrasah (or the acting Head of Madrasah) has the power to exclude a pupil from Madrasah. The Head of Madrasah may exclude a pupil for one or more fixed periods, for up to 45 days in any one Madrasah year. The Head of Madrasah may also exclude a pupil permanently. It is also possible for the Head of Madrasah to convert a fixed-term exclusion into a permanent exclusion if the circumstances warrant this.
8.2 If the Head of Madrasah excludes a pupil, s/he informs the parents immediately, giving reasons for the exclusion. At the same time, the Head of Madrasah makes it clear to the parents that they can, if they wish, appeal against the decision to the Trustees. The Madrasah informs the parents how to make any such appeal.
8.3 The Head of Madrasah informs the Trustees about any permanent exclusion, and about any fixed-term exclusions beyond five days in any one term.
8.4 The Trustees themselves cannot either exclude a pupil or extend the exclusion period made by the Head of Madrasah.
8.5 The Trustees have a discipline committee, which is made up of between three and five members. This committee considers any exclusion appeals on behalf of the board of directors.
8.6 When an appeals panel meets to consider an exclusion, they consider the circumstances in which the pupil was excluded, consider any representation by parents, and consider whether the pupil should be reinstated.
8.7 If the appeals panel decides that a pupil should be reinstated, the Head of Madrasah must comply with this ruling.
9.1 The Head of Madrasah monitors the effectiveness of this policy on a regular basis. S/he also reports to the Trustees on the effectiveness of the policy and, if necessary, makes recommendations for further improvements.
9.2 The Madrasah keeps a variety of records of incidents of misbehaviour. The class teacher records minor classroom incidents on a behaviour tracking form. The Deputy Head analyses the data on a half termly basis to identify any patterns of trends in pupils’ behaviour.
9.3 The Head of Madrasah keeps a record of any pupil who is suspended for a fixed term, or who is permanently excluded.
9.4 It is the responsibility of the Trustees to monitor the rate of suspensions and exclusions, and to ensure that the Madrasah policy is administered fairly and consistently.
MADRASAH AL-TAWHID commits to :
Provide an Islamic Learning Experience
Promote a high level of Islamic conduct, ethics and discipline
Provide a stimulating environment in order to promote learning in a fun yet respectable manner
Communicate with parents in a respectful and professional manner
Parents commit to:
Regular and punctual attendance of their child
Fee to be paid with in 1st week of each term
1 term notice to be given in order to remove the child from the academy
Comply and strictly adhere to the dress code policy
Support Madrasah al-Tawhid Islamic ethos throughout
Support Madrasah al-Tawhid behavioural policy
Communicate with staff in a respectful manner
Pupils commit to abide by the following rules:
Work as hard as possible
Respect and listen to teachers and adults
Respect other children
Look after the teaching environment and everything in it
Be properly dressed