New School Start Up
New School Start Up
Given the amount of media exposure, think tank research and criticism levelled at Muslim schools, it is easy to overlook the startling fact that Muslim schools cater for only around 4% of Muslim students in the United Kingdom. Most schools have waiting lists extending to children who have just entered the world, and have a serious lack of resources to increase their physical resources to accommodate the community’s requirements.
Why are there such a small number of Muslim schools?
Unlike other faith groups who are not encouraging the establishment of new schools due to the lack of demand from their communities, the Muslim community has excessive demand, one that is currently unfulfilled. Schools are difficult institutions to design and run in a sustainable manner, and most importantly, the founders of schools have the burden of ensuring that the children attending have access to all the opportunities that life offers. There is a great need for the community to establish new schools to cater for the demand that Muslim parents have across the country. This requires extremely dedicated individuals who are passionate about education, have a strong understanding of the business requirements around such a project and a team of people who are committed to fulfil the goal. Whilst such dedicated people exist in the Muslim community, there has been a lack of priority given to the establishment of Muslim schools, and their talent is either dedicated elsewhere, or waiting to be discovered.
The Muslim school movement is a relatively young one, and many lessons are being learned, collated and shared in order to establish more successful schools. The Association of Muslim Schools aims to be at the centre of this process. We are currently designing ways in which we can assist new groups of people within the community to establish new schools. It will help you decide whether pursuing such a project is viable given your circumstances, assist with the registration of your school with the Department for Children, Schools & Families and help you design the set up of resources at the outset. Our School Support Services are also available once your school has opened.
Muslim schools are an opportunity to nurture students to become high flyers in their faith and their educational achievements. They aim to cultivate values of the Islamic faith as a tool to understand, appreciate and contribute to society. They aim to equip students with tools to make moral, financial, political and social decisions in life and become wholesome individuals. This is your opportunity to make a lasting impression on the community, will you take the challenge?
Follow the link below to see the DfE’s guidance and advice on setting up an independent school;
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