Male and female teachers segregated at Muslim schools

Male and female teachers segregated at Muslim schools April 28, 2016

Last year Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw, above, wrote to the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan expressing ‘serious concerns’ about segregation among teachers in Muslim independent schools.
Now he has written to her again, warning that segration continues to “actively undermine” equality in schools.
In his Wednesday letter, Sir Michael told Morgan that inspectors had expressed their concern about Luton’s Rabia Boys and Girls School, where, at an initial meeting with inspectors:

The school insisted on segregating men and women through the use of a dividing screen across the middle of the room. This meeting was not carried out in a religious setting but in a classroom.

Sir Michael said inspectors, visiting the independent school earlier this month:

Gathered evidence that male and female staff are segregated during whole-school staff training sessions. Male staff sit in one room and the session is simultaneously broadcast to female staff in another part of the school.

Inspectors were so concerned, they told the school’s proprietor that:

The school would remain in the inadequate category despite improvements being made elsewhere.

Such gender division is against equalities regulations and the requirement for “fundamental British values”, he adding that this requirement is being “flouted” by some independent schools.

Any form of segregation, without a good educational reason, is likely to lead to an inadequate inspection judgement for leadership and management.

The private school was set up in in Luton in 1996 to provide an Islamic education for young Muslims in Luton.
The report from inspectors said that such separation of male and female staff does not:

Demonstrate equality and respect.

However, the school, which serves more than 300 pupils aged five to 16, was commended for providing:

A good understanding of what it means to be a responsible citizen in modern, democratic Britain.

The inspection report says that pupils have a chance to engage with people from other religions and:

Pupils demonstrated tolerance of other people’s ways of life, even when their own religion views these differently.

A Department for Education spokesman said:

It is completely unacceptable for women to be treated less favourably than men, and the advice note we have received from Ofsted on Rabia Girls’ and Boys’ School is extremely concerning.
We will consider carefully the inspection report on the school to determine what action to take against any potential breaches in the independent school standards.

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  • L.Long

    isLame is no different than xtians!! Until their bigotry is slapped down, and shoveled up their asses, and forced to give in to English or USA policies they never will.
    And the so called religious schools of systematic bigotry & ignorance must also be brought to their knees. They can become private clubs to practice their bigotry or they can be registered schools and follow the rules like everyone else.
    STOP giving religion any respect! None of them deserve it!!!

  • Kamashima san

    What is this Muslim Schools business?
    There should be no such thing as a Muslim school in the UK.
    They are just incubators of narrow minded bigots with constipated minds.
    I say get the religious clerics out of school.All of them …
    I say get education out of the hands of those whose only interest is in indoctrinating pupils whilst they are malleable and sensitive to accepting stupid ideas. If children were not susceptable then the pious would have no interest in teaching them at all …except for the pedophile contingent that is.
    If the agents of god(s) were removed from schools then religion would die within a few generations.
    Get the CoE out. Get the RCC out. Get the Jews out. Get the Creationist out. Get them all out of schools and away from children.
    Give me the child and I will give you the man is what is going on here.
    In the UK all children must be taught at secular schools, running on common criteria and curriculum and standards and dress codes.
    In my local school … a Middle England Primary … I see that a large crucifix has recently been screwed to the wall for the whole village to see. Fucking outrageous.

  • Raul Miller

    Well, come on. You can’t expect a Muslim man to sit in a room full of women and not get the urge to rape them. And if he does, it’s your fault because he’s already told you he has no self control. Get a grip, will ya?!

  • H3r3tic

    Religion clearly has a place in schools. The more kids learn about the innumerable religions that we have created the more likely they are to come to the conclusion that as they can’t all be right then, logically, they must all be wrong. Religion’s place in education must be limited to RE lessons. It has no place in the administration of places of learning, as it’s bigotry and intolerance will surely pervade the education of our children.

  • Kamashima san

    Kids need only have one RE lesson.
    And in it they should be forced watch an episode of The Big Questions.
    Here they will see how crazy, inept, deluded, intolerant, confused and dishonest the pious really are.

  • Kamashima san

    Try this one … crazy people.

  • Stuart H.

    “Kids need only have one RE lesson.
    And in it they should be forced watch an episode of The Big Questions. ”
    Worked for mine. Watching it and laughing out loud was our Sunday morning entertainment for years – better than Cartoon Network! But since she hit her teens she refuses to stay in the room. As far as she’s concerned, the comments of the regular swivel-eyed religiots are now too scary to roll round the floor giggling at.

  • AgentCormac

    Pointless Sir Michael Wilshaw hoping Nicky Morgan will do anything about it. If she steps in a makes a fuss about the way religion is applied in muslim schools, she knows only too well that she’ll leave herself wide open for the same criticism in her beloved xtian child-brainwashing institutions.

  • John the Drunkard

    Of course the male teachers, being Actual Humans, attend the class. While the baby-making temptation machines get to watch via video hookup.

  • Vanity Unfair

    The school’s (or possibly schools’) website is at The opening page is not auspiciously good. Some of the headings are:
    Student Council Noitice Board
    New Design and Tecnology Laboratory
    Smartboard Tecnology
    Welcome to Rabia Girl’s School
    New Girls Science Laboratory
    However, it does settle down after that.
    The breakdown of time spent on Islamic and Arab studies shows that these take up about one third of the teaching time
    There is a description of the school’s SEN policy and ambitions. However,
    “RABIA EDUCATION TRUST currently does not have the provision to cater for children that are SEN Statemented.”
    I have extracted the following statements from the curriculum statement.
    As part of our local community regeneration efforts, we work in partnership with a number of organisations, charities and projects related to health and wellbeing, youth work and da’wah. [proselytising]
    The school provides opportunities for the children to memorise the Holy Qur’an and benefit from a contemporarily structured Islamic syllabus. The school’s objective is to equip individual students with Islamic principles and academic studies to become responsible and understanding citizens and even just, inspiring and active leaders of society.
    Although the DfE have stated that ‘private schools don’t have to follow the national curriculum’ we at Rabia School believe the national curriculum to be a valuable document which along with the Islamic curriculum will help to deliver our aims above.
    At Rabia School we as Muslims believe that learning and teaching for the pleasure of Allah (SWT) is a command of Allah Ta’ala.
    The school provides opportunities for the children to memorise the Holy Qur’an and benefit from a contemporarily structured Islamic syllabus. The school’s objective is to equip individual students with Islamic principles and academic studies…
    PHSCE is taught through RE, GIS, science and discrete lessons. [General Islamic Studies]…PHSCE topics will also be covered in Islamic studies lessons and under RE. .
    Pupils will be learning Arabic from year 1 to year 11.
    We will be teaching this through the art of tarteel which is reciting the Qur’an aloud in a slow pleasant tone and style andthrough [sic] Islamic anasheed (chants).
    Religious Education
    In the primary department RE consists of Islamic studies and 6 weeks study on otherreligions [sic] per year. Pupils study the basic 5 Islamic pillars and the history of prophets during Islamic studies lessons. In the secondary school stage pupils will learn about Islam in their General Islamic Studies lessons. They will learn about Islamic history, prophets, the companions of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and Islamic values and morals. These also overlap with PHSCE as they encourage pupils to be valuable and helpful members of their society. At this stage they also learn about the major religions of the world.
    Memorisation of the Qur’an with Tajweed
    Students have the opportunity to memorise the whole of the Qur’an with tajweed. [correct pronunciation] The pupils are taught by highly experienced and qualified teachers. Rabia runs the ‘Tahfeez ul Quran’ programme. This is committing the whole Qur’an to memory. The average duration is three years. Each child’s program [sic] is assessed and recorded daily and weekly, followed up with regular parent meetings.
    SRE (Sex and Relationship Education)
    The school provides sex and relationship education in the basic curriculum for all pupils, in which pupils are encouraged and guided by moral principles and taught to recognise the value of family life within an Islamic framework.
    I know this is a long post but I feel that it does help to know just what the schools are about. Most of the document is in vague terms so we are not told, for example, what the girls’ PE programme is nor whether questioning is allowed in RE.

  • 1859

    You’re right – it is a long post, but very relevant. It makes for thoroughly depressing reading. Those poor kids having their heads stuffed with this claptrap before they can even begin to think for themselves. It is mental abuse. When the whole of English society explodes into religious sectarianism (as it did and still does in Northern Ireland) – when car bombs are regularly slaughtering hundreds in Luton, Birmingham and Leeds -when home-grown suicide bombers target the stores in Oxford Street at christmas …maybe then those in government might begin to doubt the wisdom of allowing the creation of all these ‘faith’ schools. Maybe then they might realise that a secular education for all regardless of a kid’s cultural inheritance produces people who are genuinely tolerant of difference etc…..A big maybe…