South Hub Regional Annual INSET Day

Jan 2, 2018 by

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Date & Time
Tuesday 02 January 2018
9:00am - 4:00pm

Islamia Primary & Girls High School
129 Salusbury Road, Brent

Ticket Information
Prices start from £35.00
243 spaces available

 RAID South Poster


Delegates can select either one full-day workshop OR one morning and one afternoon workshop from the list below. Please click on the workshop title to see course overview and trainer bio.


Full-day Workshops

A. Developing Shakhsiyah and Tarbiyyah

Course Leader: Farah Ahmed

Aimed at: Primary and secondary leaders, teachers and teaching assistants.

Farah Ahmed is currently Director of Education and Research at Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation and Visiting Research Associate at the Institute of Education, University of London. She has a B.A Honours in Philosophy, PGCE in Secondary English, MEd in Educational Research and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge. Her PhD is looking at the use of halaqah (Islamic dialogic circle-time) to develop autonomy in Muslim children. She is also leading a long-term action research project in Shakhsiyah Schools to develop halaqah as pedagogy and as curriculum.

Farah has over twenty years experience teaching in and leading Islamic schools in the UK and has developed courses for teachers on Islamic philosophies of education: pedagogy and practices. She is the author of ‘Principles of Shakhsiyah Education’ and the 2005 Halaqah Curriculum. She is a founding trustee of Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation and mother of three children.


B. Monitoring for Subject Leadership

Course Leader: Someera Butt

Aimed at: Primary middle and senior leaders

A session promoting the effective use of monitoring, evaluation and feedback of teaching and learning and the school curriculum, including:

  • Conducting lesson observations
  • Conducting lesson plan scrutinies
  • Conducting learning walks, incl. what to look for, how to record it and how to feedback to staff for impact
  • Analysing data from the above and assessment data to identify key areas for improvement
  • Identifying actions to take for improvement and linking in to school improvement plan/work


C. Stretching Faster Learners

Course Leader: Daniela Zerouak

Aimed at: Primary and secondary classroom teachers and support staff

This training course will help you ensure all children at your school reach their full potential, by supporting your staff to:

  • Begin to create a robust school definition of more able pupils and apply it to your cohort
  • Begin to audit current provision for more able pupils
  • Learn from a range of relevant research
  • Equip themselves with evidence-based strategies to stretch more able pupils
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the barriers affecting more able disadvantaged pupils

Daniela Zerouak has been working for Al-Noor Primary School since 2011 as a class teacher and from October 2017 as assistant head teacher. She is currently in her final year of her Masters Learning and Teaching at Oxford University with research interests in Gifted and Talented education, and pupils’ motivation and engagement as well as researching the perspectives of the most able primary-age pupils on their learning and how this could be incorporated to the school’s provision for the most able pupils.


D. Engaging Children in Reading

Course Leader: Haroon Asghar

Aimed at: Primary teachers and leaders

This session will explore how to raise standards in reading by focussing on practical strategies that work to develop children’s vocabulary, reading stamina and comprehension/inference skills.  The day will cover the following key areas:

  • The central role of reading for pleasure
  • Shared and guided reading
  • The direct teaching of reading.

Haroon Asghar is a well-seasoned teacher and senior leader, with experience of delivering high impact improvements to teaching and learning across the Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1 & 2. As a serving deputy headteacher in a mainstream primary school, he is frequently involved in the professional development of teachers and support staff, leading courses, conferences and workshops on a national level. With a key interest in research-based practice, Haroon possesses an MA in Educational Leadership and a specialism in leadership development. Haroon has been a lead facilitator for the delivery of the National College’s programme of National Professional Qualifications for several years.


E. Bar Modelling, CPA and Mastery in Maths

Course Leader: Talal Hussain

Aimed at: Primary teachers and TAs

Teaching mathematics for mastery involves employing approaches that help pupils to develop a deep and secure knowledge and understanding of mathematics at each stage of their learning, so that by the end of every school year or Key Stage, pupils will have acquired mastery of the mathematical facts and concepts they’ve been exposed to, equipping them to move on confidently and securely to more advanced material.

The bar model method uses the concrete pictorial and abstract (CPA) sequence when teaching certain mathematical topics.

The process starts by using real world, tangible representations, before moving onto showing the problem using a pictorial diagram then to introducing abstract algorithms and notations.

In this course we will focus on:

  • Mastery in mathematics:
    • What it is and why we should be doing it
    • Differentiation
    • Practical whole school strategies/policies for maths teaching
    • Classroom techniques
  • Introducing the bar model method
  • Using the bar model to solve:
    • Addition and subtraction problems
    • Multiplication and division problems
    • Fraction problems
    • Ratio and proportion problems
    • Multi-step word problems from KS2 SATs papers
  • The application of the bar model method across year groups 1 to 6

Talal Hussain is a School Improvement Consultant and Curriculum Director for 1st Ethical Charitable Trust. He is a former Head teacher of an Independent Muslim School for Boys and spent 8 years as an Advisory Teacher for Mathematics in Birmingham.


F. Effective Strategies for Outstanding Teaching and Learning in the Classroom

Course Leader: Sajjid Sarwar

Aimed at: Primary teachers and TAs

Mohammad Sajjid Sarwar is the former head of a maintained junior school in Birmingham, having been in the role for 3 years. He developed and implemented new data systems within the school as well as consulting Muslim schools on life without levels. Previously, Sajjid was the in the secondary sector for 15 years, including roles such as head of department head and deputy headteacher of a state-funded Muslim school. He has delivered a whole host of workshops for AMS on coaching, staff development and management.


G. Supporting Teaching & Learning (English and Maths) for TAs

Course Leader: Steve Burnage

Aimed at: Primary teaching assistants

This course will cover the following areas:

The Role of the Teaching Assistant

  • Experience in the room
  • Quality v Quantity
  • Where do you fit in?

Effective support in English & Maths

  • Understanding your role
  • 10 key things every TA should know about supporting English & Maths lessons

Working as a Team

  • Planning
  • Resources
  • Supporting Pupils

Having spent over 25 years teaching and leading challenging secondary schools across the UK, Steve Burnage is a sought after as an expert practitioner, consultant and trainer in supporting schools in those areas that can contribute to underachievement –middle and senior leadership, pedagogy for learning and teaching, achievement of specific vulnerable groups: boys learning, stretch and challenge for the most able and intervention strategies for those in receipt of pupil premium), positive behaviour management, marking, feedback and assessment. As well as supporting schools in developing effective practice in performance management, staff development, coaching and mentoring and the performing arts.

Steve writes, delivers and hosts training and consultancy in schools, colleges, academies and conference venues throughout the UK, Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East as well as supporting organisations in planning, producing and delivering on-line and blended learning education courses.


H. Next Steps: 9-1 Subject Cluster Groups

Course Leader: Sdaqat Jabeen

Aimed at: Secondary teachers and leaders

This interactive session allows attendees to take advantage of the network of Muslim schools at AMS to reflect on and review the new 9 to 1 GCSE grades which were introduced at the beginning of the last academic year.

Attendees will initially be assembled together by the course leader for introductory training on the tracking system implemented at Islamia Schools before being divided into cluster based on one of the following subject specialisms:

  • Humanities
  • Languages
  • Science
  • Maths
  • English

Each cluster will be led by a group facilitator and delegate will be required to show their current working models to their peers to discuss:

  • What works well
  • What doesn’t work well
  • Any questions they have

Delegates will then reconvene at the end of the day for a holistic sharing of ideas. Teachers and leaders attending this session will benefit from the opportunity to learn about other working models and how they can be implemented as well as the chance to share their own systems and have them appraised.

Sdaqat Jabeen has been in the education sector for over 25 years, the majority of this has been spent in the state sector. Here she has had extensive experience in both pastoral and curriculum areas. Her strengths lie in school improvement and always staying abreast of the latest educational change as well as data. Currently she is  the Headteacher at Islamia Girls School, which has been graded as outstanding in their last Ofsted inspection. She has been in this position for over six years


I. Raising Achievement Strategies

Course Leader: Akhmed Hussain

Aimed at: Secondary teachers and leaders

This workshop will cover the following:

  • What do we mean by Achievement
  • An understanding of Target-setting
  • How to use data effectively to track student progress from Year 7 to Year 11
  • How to maximise achievement on the main secondary school performance measures, including English and Maths (Grades 4/5 to 9), Attainment 8 and Progress 8

Akhmed Hussain is the Headteacher of KD Grammar School for Boys in Manchester. He has substantial leadership experience in mainstream schools as Deputy Headteacher, covering a period of 14 years. Most recently, he has just completed three years as Deputy Headteacher (Achievement and Curriculum) at a large state 11-18 Secondary School that has just achieved its highest ever GCSE and A level results. Akhmed has a BSC Hons in Chemistry, PGCE, NPQH and has completed the NCSL Headteacher Internship programme.


J. Marking, Feedback and Assessment

Course Leader: Bilkish Mohamed

Aimed at: Secondary teachers and leaders

Bilkish Mohamed is an Education Consultant providing training for schools throughout England. She has substantial leadership experience in mainstream and independent schools as Head of Department, Assistant Headteacher and Headteacher. She has also worked as a PGCE course trainer for Newman College of Further Education. Bilkish has a BSC Hons in Genetics and a PGCE in Science.


Morning workshops

AM1. SEND Training

Course Leader: Freja Gregory

Aimed at: Primary and secondary SENCOs and teachers

Understanding the behaviours of children with different types of SEND

This workshop will examine some of the different manifestations of special educational needs commonly found in schools and the particular barriers to learning which each presents for pupils.

We will discuss strategies for improving the communication and engagement of our pupils and explore possible teaching approaches which can be tailored to meet individual needs.

Workshop Outline

  1. Different Types of SEND
    • ADHD,
    • Autism, Asperger’s syndrome and PDA
    • Dyslexia and Dyspraxia
    • BESD, including Attachment issues
    • PMLD
  2. Sensory Processing issues
  3. Anxiety
  4. Challenging Behaviour
  5. Classroom Organisation and Teaching approaches

Freja Gregory has a wide and current knowledge of Special Needs Education spanning almost two decades, the result of hands-on teaching experience in the classroom, (working in particular with children and young people with autism and challenging behaviour) work in top-level management, staff training and personal academic research. She has a Master’s Degree in Special Education, and has done extensive work providing outreach advice and training in all aspects of Special Education and Inclusion.

She has set up two schools as registered Training Centres and has tutored staff undertaking all levels of work-based qualifications from NVQ 2 to Graduate Teacher Training. She has worked internationally in Uganda, and most recently, in Malta, introducing teachers to the concepts of inclusion and mixed ability teaching through running training courses for staff groups and also coaching and mentoring individuals. She currently delivers a number of training courses and in-service days specifically designed to address the problems encountered  by teachers in meeting the requirements of the new National Curriculum while educating their pupils in a way that is meaningful and useful to them.


AM2. Identifying and Catering for Dyslexia in the Classroom

Course Leader: Foziya Reddy

Aimed at: Primary and secondary teachers

Foziya Reddy is a founding trustee of Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation and head teacher of Shakhsiyah School London Branch with over twenty years experience in education. She has a BA honours and PGCE in Primary Education. She is currently working towards the NPQH (National Professional Qualification in Headship). Foziya’s passion for Islamic and ‘alternative’ education stems from her deep commitment to the Islamic concept of motherhood. As a committed home-schooler who has home-schooled six of her eight children through secondary she has the vision and expertise to ensure that ‘Shakhsiyah Education’ remains child centred and holistic. Three of her children are hafidh ul Qur’an and she has a sustained focus on developing Qur’an centric teaching.



Afternoon workshops

PM1. Parental Engagement

Course Leader: Wendy Gregory

Aimed at: Primary teachers and leaders

Wendy Gregory has a solid background of teaching experience gained across the age range from nursery through to adult learners. In addition, she has several years’ experience as a training consultant, with specialist areas being Behaviour, Pastoral, Psychology, Staff Relations, Parenting and Behaviour Management. Wendy’s style of delivery is lively and interactive aiming to get people thinking and talking! She is currently a counselling psychologist who manages an independent counselling service for pupils and staff in a number of organizations.


PM2. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Course Leader: Simon Hinks (PMA Ltd.)

The purpose of this workshop is to give teachers in school an overview of the new GDPR regulations and to highlight the likely impact on teachers and schools after May 25 2018.

By the end of this session, delegates can expect to understand the changes to the regulations, what they mean their day-to-day jobs as teachers and to have an idea where to begin their compliance journey.

Aimed at: Primary and secondary leaders

Simon Hinks is a GDPR Practitioner who began his career as an accountant before moving into direct sell holidays. He spent many years in Financial Services working across a range of products and services which included regulated products. Roles included Head of Merchandising, Process Design and CRM. Data Protection was always been on his agenda and since setting up his business fourteen years ago, he has worked across many different business sectors for both B2B and B2C, including being a judge for the DMA and Loyalty Awards.

Most recently he has worked with major UK charities to undertake GDPR audits and to build a compliance action plan, he is now retained by them as their Data Protection Officer. A member of the DMA (Direct Marketing Association) and the GDPR Institute, he has written core modules for the new IDM (Institute of Direct Marketing) GDPR certificate which launched this year. He has an ongoing relationship with the ICO and is a member of the Telephone Compliance Council, set up to support the telemarketing industry as they navigate their way through GDPR.



To book tickets for this event, please use the form below and click on ‘Submit Booking’


Confirm your booking before this date to receive a discount. Later bookings will be at the full rate.

Booking terms and conditions:

  • Bookings are only confirmed when AMS has received a booking form and payment.
  • Early bird and group discounts only apply when payment has been received before the deadline.
  • All workshops have a limited capacity – once reached, no further bookings can be taken for that workshop. If, on the day, spaces become available due to cancellations, delegates may request to attend this workshop during registration.
  • Member discounts apply to schools who have paid their subscription for AMS membership and have no outstanding payments due. For more information about membership please click here.
  • Organisations who are not eligible for AMS membership (i.e. not a registered full-time day school with an Islamic ethos) can purchase a Service Pack and attend AMS events at member rates as well as enjoy a host of other benefits. Alternatively, you may attend the event as a non-member.


  • Bookings cancelled 29 days or more before the event date will be refunded in full.
  • Bookings cancelled 15 to 28 days before the event date will be refunded minus a £10.00 charge per ticket to cover administration costs.
  • Bookings cancelled 8 to 14 days before the event date be refunded minus a £20.00 charge per ticket to cover administration costs.
  • Bookings cancelled 7 days or less before the event date will not be refunded.
  • In the event workshops are cancelled, AMS will refund the full amount.



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