Volunteer Weekly Updates – 19-Feb-2016

Global Product Committee
Friday 19 February, 2016
  10 Jamadi Ul 'Ula 1437

Dear Respected Volunteers,
Salaamun Alaykum

This week in updates:
  • DBS - All Volunteers to Complete
  • MCE Neuro-Psychology Course - A Must Attend!
  • Upcoming Training Sessions
  • Higher Education - Technology Trends
  • Teacher's Charter
DBS - All Volunteers MUST Complete  

The DBS Process is now entirely online and is required by law, for all volunteers.

Please note the following before Beginning the Process:

1. All Volunteers must submit an online application for 2016.

There are no exceptions, regardless of whether you have completed one with your school, or if you have completed one at SIM in the last 12 months. This is a new system that all volunteers must go through.

2. All applications MUST be submitted by the end of the month of February, 2016

To ensure all our volunteers are screened and abiding by the law, we must process applications as efficiently as possible. In order to do this, volunteers must abide by deadlines.

3. Upon submission of the online application, documents as evidence must be brought into the Madressa Administration office on Sunday for the office staff to review and scan.

A list of documents that you can bring is available once you login to submit your online application. We suggest, but do not limit you to; Passport, UK Driving License, Bank/Credit Card/Utility Statement which is recent (dated within three months of date of submission of application)


The Process:

1. Download the instruction guide here to ensure you enter the correct information on behalf of your voluntary status at the Madressa

2. Go to https://www.disclosureservices.com to login and submit your online application.

3. Gather your documents of evidence and bring them in to the Madressa Administration Office on the next Teaching Week Sunday (where Madressa is open)

If you have any queries, please email admin@madressa.net 

MCE Neuro-Psychology Course - Watford  
The S I Madressa teachers have been invited to the upcoming Neuro-Psychology of Learning (NPL) program.
This exciting 2 day program aims to help madrasah teachers understand themselves and their students better so that they are able to positively engage and inspire the next generation.
At the end of this two day program, participants will have
  • Experienced a comprehensive self-assessment covering key psychological frameworks involved in learning
  • Reviewed in detail the learning needs, energies and thinking approaches for different students
  • Identified the inherent strengths and challenges they might face as a teacher based on their needs, energy and thinking approach
  • Learned how to adapt their style to teach more effectively
  • Established an action plan to apply these skills and techniques in everyday situations
Saturday 27 to Sunday 28 February 2016
Al-Zahra Centre, 81 Fearnley Street, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 0RB (Parking is available at the venue)
Please note that this is an intensive 2 day program and participants have to commit to attending both days from start to finish.

We will start at 9 AM and aim to finish by 7:30 PM on both days.
There is no fee for attending this program. All meals and course materials will be provided. Participants are requested to cover their travel cost to the venue and back home. This is a non-residential program, but overnight accommodation can be arranged on Sat 27 Feb if required.
Demand for these programs is usually very high and participants are requested to apply early to avoid disappointment. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis.
To apply, teachers should write to td@coej.org with the following details by Friday 19 Feb 2016.
1. Full Name
2. Mobile phone no.
3. Name of madrasah
4. Subject and age group you teach
Upcoming Training Sessions  

As per our teachers charter, certain training sessions are required for safeguarding. Below are a few courses being offered by Voluntary Action group for staff.
29th Feb  & 7th March (2 day Course)
Pediatric First Aid Course - £100 per person
8th March '16
Level 2 Safeguarding Training - Free
18th April '16
Child Exploitation Training - Free

Please complete the form below to sign up for one of these courses. By signing up for a course, you are confirming your attendance. If you are absent, please note that you will be liable to pay any costs that may incur as a result of your non-attendance. 

Should you attend and remain a volunteer at SIM for the full 2016 Academic year (until December), the S I Madressa will reimburse all associated costs. Please keep your receipts.

Should we require further information for the courses, we shall be in touch.

Please view and complete the form here

Higher Education  

HED Review - #VisitMyMosque and #FinalSaviour Event  
#VisitMyMosque Day 2016 epitomized HED in a day; with the guidance of mentors, a committee with the average age of just over 16 years came together to organise a day which invited people of all faiths and none to a discussion about the similarities between the Abrahamic faiths waiting of a saviour and dealt with the issue of religious societies’ compatibility with today’s world. Abbas Kermalli aged 16 years, ably led a team to co-ordinate conversations by Dr Chris Hewer and Dr Amina Inloes to inspire the audience with their thoughts and set the scene for wider discussion.

Click here to read the full review by Ali and Abbas Kermalli
Teacher's Charter  

Every teaching staff must adhere to the Teachers Charter found in your Teachers Manual (click here).

You are requested to review the document and confirm Acceptance of your obligation to adhere to the charter by signing this form: Click here.

Please note that there is also an option of “Not accepting the T&C” in which case your HOD will discuss with you how to resolve the matter in an amicable way.

Let us all do our part in ensuring the smooth running of Madressa with the best possible performance.
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Diary Dates
Sunday 21st Feb 2016
Teaching Week 6
To access all communications sent out this year to date, please click here
The Madrasah Centre of Excellence (MCE) has four separate workstreams:

1. Curriculum Development
2. Teacher Development
3. Learning Resources
4. Assessment & Evaluation

In 2015, we have worked with the regional bodies on improving each of these areas to ensure that our madrasah students are taught in the most effective way.

Click here for highlights of the work that has been done in 2015.
Administrative Requests & Queries
Teachers are urged to contact simofficeteam@madressa.net for any requests or queries, not admin@madressa.net.

This does not include print requests. This must be done online via the photocopy request form available via the Teacher's section on www.madressa.net

All Photocopy Requests must be submitted latest by Wednesday by completing the Photocopy Request Form. Late submissions will be accommodated on best efforts only.
Teacher's Portal
The Teacher's Portal is a one-stop tool for teachers.

Use your teacher's portal for more than just submitting marks and report cards:
- View your Class Students
- View Class Timetable
- Attendance for Students
- Get in touch with Parents 

Click here to access your Teacher Portal
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