Students are placed in our care in the hopes that they will be under our guardianship. It is our responsibility as members of staff to nurture our students to become educated, practical members of British society whilst maintaining their Islamic values. We have a responsibility to ensure all students feel safe in their school environment and are comfortable with their teachers and peers. Teachers should after all be leading examples of Islamic etiquettes that inspire students to emulate them. The Student Welfare procedures are in place to ensure a fair method of dealing with students.
The first point of contact for students is the Form Tutor. The main role of a Form Tutor is to act guardian. They monitor the attendance and punctuality of students as they register them in the morning. The Form Tutor is someone who students should see as their main figure of support within the school. This should not however distract the Form Tutor from their duties as a member of staff. Any information provided from a student – especially if of a personal nature which causes concern should be shared with the CPO. A ‘cause for concern’ form should be
completed and provided to the CPO.
It is clear that Form Tutors are in a position to monitor the behaviour of their students and are often given a lot of information from other members of staff. It is the Form Tutor who needs to guide their students so that they might reflect on their own actions and take responsibility for their own decisions.
Form Tutors are the first to greet their class so they should ensure their first words are supportive and encouraging. Select a student to recite a short Surah or Naat before the registers are taken.
Imparting knowledge to a diverse group of students is not an easy task – it requires a great deal of organisation and preparation.
Lessons begin with a greeting and group supplication. This reminds students of their Islamic values and sets the scene for learning. Subject Teachers have the responsibility of creating a safe environment wherein learning can take place. Encouragement and a firm attitude to
discipline is what is required. Be aware of the behaviour procedures and document any actions taken against students. Remain calm and do react with violent or a conflicting attitude as the situation will lose control.
Be aware that students have their own issues most of which will be hidden from the school. Deal with students, keeping in mind that there might be underlying issues which effect the mood and attitude of students. Practical actions can be taken but students must be dealt with respect – speak with them about their behaviour so that they are aware of what they have done. Do not mock them so that they feel threatened or defensive – there must be opportunity for students to apologise and to find forgiveness.
If subject teachers are approached by a student who wishes to discuss something personal, the student must be aware that their conversation is not confidential. If the comments made by the student, alarm the teacher or cause them concern they must write it up (on ’cause for concern’ form) and discuss with CPO. It might then be necessary for the Form Tutor to be informed. The responsibility for taking further action becomes the decision of the CPO.
Assess and monitor students regularly – Be alert to any strange/different behaviour especially that which you deem to be out of character.
Bearing in mind that ‘every child matters’ it is important to develop the confidence of your classes so that every student feels safe being a member of the class. If they feel safe and cared for, they will concentrate to a greater extent than otherwise. Be inclusive. Anti Bullying initiatives are in place – encourage students to be supportive of it – give it the importance it deserves.
It is not the responsibility of teaching staff to inquire into the personal lives of students so much so that inappropriate questions are asked. Students under your supervision are naturally vulnerable so do not take advantage by expecting more from them than they are willing to share without questions. Avoid remaining in a classroom (alone) with a student especially after any disagreements or disciplinary action.
Subject teachers should undertake a child protection course to develop skills and to enlighten staff into what situations some students unfortunately deal with. Consult Child Protection policies along side this document.