The Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoss) in New Barnet invited Sara Khan to be the Guest of Honour at their Celebration Awards Evening on Thursday 21st July. Sara was honoured to take part and was impressed with the standards and pluralistic and inclusive ethos at JCoss.
She spoke about excellence, inspiration, resilience and determination to the pupils, parents and teachers alike, and handed out certificates and awards to pupils. JCoss honoured Sara by presenting her with a “peace plant.”
Sara would like to thank JCoss for inviting her to take part, for giving her a tour of this high achieving school and for giving her the opportunity to celebrate in the success made by pupils throughout the academic year.
On Wednesday 27 April a group of Year 10 and Year 12 students took part in a workshop that was designed to tackle issues relating to self-confidence and healthy relationships for Muslim girls. Poet and activist Shagufta Iqbal, and author and co-director of the women’s NGO ‘Inspire’ Kalsoom Bashir were invited to lead the afternoon’s activities.
The students were given a safe and honest space to raise questions and tackle misconceptions about their roles and expectations as women in society. The Year 12 students acted in the capacity of mentors and the afternoon culminated in the writing and performing of poetry to express the dialogue of the day.
Shortly after the event, Shagufta tweeted “Had an incredible afternoon with the lively and awesomely talented young women…(at Cotham learning community)…can’t wait to read their poems!”
The students’ poems will be published in the next full newsletter available here: http://www.nbp16c.org.uk/
Inspire have been inundated with numerous requests from schools to help support teachers across the country in understanding the requirements of the new statutory Prevent Duty. Inspire have helped provide clarity on the Duty and have guided staff to recognise the role they can play in protecting pupils from the risk of radicalisation.
Kalsoom Bashir has spoken at safeguarding conferences and inset training days in Manchester, Birmingham, London, Dewsbury, Bodmin, Bath, Bristol and a number of locations in London. . As well as speaking to practitioners in the field of education we are also delivering lessons to pupils to equip them to challenge all forms of extremism.
Feedback has been consistently positive;
‘Mrs Bashir was very organised and concise. The information and materials were very thought provoking’
‘The trainer was very friendly, open to questions and was very professional and informed about the topic’
‘Really good insight and extended by knowledge’
‘A really informative session-what a great speaker-thank you’
For more information on Inspire’s “Working With Schools” project, please click here.
Inspire is proudly partnering with the Association of Schools and College Leaders (ASCL) to help equip teachers with the tools to counter extremism.
Read more about the seminars here: http://www.ascl.org.uk/news-and-views/news_news-detail.seminars-launched-to-help-protect-young-people-against-radicalisation.html
Additionally, Inspire is also partnering with the London Grid for Learning, who have put together short videos online answering common questions about the role of schools challenging extremism.
For more information, please see here: http://counterextremism.lgfl.org.uk/index.html
Inspire have also been in the news speaking out on the issue of countering extremism within our schools and amongst our children, appearing in both The Guardian and on BBC Online.
Following the news of the three Dawood sisters from Bradford choosing to live in ISIS territoriy with their nine children, Julia Hartley Brewer speaks to Kalsoom Bashir about possible motivations which aren’t often discussed as reasons. Read the article here published on 18th June 2015: