Volunteer Weekly Updates – 29-Jan-16

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Friday 29 January, 2016
  18 Rabi Al Thaani 1437
Updates for Week of 31st January, 2016
Dear Respected Volunteers,
Salaamun Alaykum

This week in updates:
  • Communications Archive
  • Teacher's Portal
  • Administrative Requests and Queries
  • Behaviour Management Records & Registers
  • Commons Debate on Out of School Settings
  • Upcoming Training Sessions
  • Higher Education - MUN Returns
  • 'Prevent' Course by Hujjat
  • External: CoEJ Teacher Training Course
Communications Archive  

To access all communications sent out this year to date, please click here

Teacher's Portal  
The Teacher's Portal is a one-stop tool for teachers. With great features, the teacher's portal allows you to view your classes, your timetable, attendance of your students, and upload assessment marks. You can also see what previous teachers have written for the students in your class, giving you insight on their progress. In addition, the 'Ask the Teacher' feature allows parents to contact you directly regarding any queries they may have for class.

For more information click here
Administrative Requests and 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

Behaviour Management Records & Registers  

As you may have seen, the Administration has taken the time to redesign registers and has prepared a Behaviour Management record sheet that accompanies your register. We will also be providing a listing of Medical Notes and Learning Support Notes for students in your class. You will find all of the above in your Class pouch.

We are urging you to prioritize taking attendance at the beginning of your class, and taking a head count. ALL registers and behaviour management record sheets MUST be placed back in the pouch as they will be collected and updated on our database at the end of each Sunday.

Please also take the time to read through the medical notes and learning support notes that is provided in your pack to ensure that you are aware of any needs your students may have; and are prepared should a situation arise.

Commons Debate on Out of School Settings  
With recent discussions on the Parliament's plans for out of school educational settings, we urge you to read the 'Commons Debate' that took place on Wednesday 20th January, 2016.

The full article is available here
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 - MUN Returns  

'Prevent' Course by Hujjat  

The Government has recently placed PREVENT, its counter-extremism strategy, on statutory footing.

To understand what this means for parents, our teachers and, above all, our children, the Safeguarding Panel have organised a seminar.

Featuring Sheikh Bahmanpour, Sheikh Hilli and the Safeguarding Panel, join Hujjat on Saturday 6 February at 8pm to understand this critical issue.

Dinner will be served.

Please RSVP and/or submit questions by emailing safeguarding@hujjat.org (please also copy simofficeteam@madressa.net so we are aware of representation from the Madressa)

External: CoEJ Teacher Training Course  

Having successfully completed several Teacher Skills Programmes (TSP) for madrasah teachers last year, we are pleased to offer additional programmes in 2016.

The teachers who participated in this program last year have given excellent feedback and have found the program highly beneficial and relevant to their role as madrasah teachers.

The TSP is a three day program facilitated by Sayyid Aliraza Naqvi who has completed his Cert Ed (PTTLS, DTTLS and CTTLS) and is currently completing his Masters in Education.

The modules covered in the first two days of the programme include:

  • Why teach?
  • Role and responsibility of a madrasah teacher
  • Planning and planning skills
  • Inclusive learning
  • Assessment
  • Reflective practice and personal journal

Day three focuses on micro-teaching where participants get the opportunity to practice the skills they have learnt in the first two days and get valuable feedback from their peers as well as the facilitator.

Participants must commit to attend all three days of the training program.
When? Dates: 13, 14 and 20 February 2016
Time: 9 AM - 5 PM
Location: Birmingham (Venue TBC)

Overnight accommodation will be provided on Sat 13 Feb if required.

Teachers are encouraged to apply early as places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

To apply, teachers should write to td@coej.org with the following information:

  1. Full name
  2. Email address
  3. Phone number
  4. Name of madrasah
  5. Subject/age group they teach
  6. Confirmation of attendance on all three days

Deadline for applications is Friday 5 February 2016.

Quick Links
Easy access to what you need!
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Diary Dates
Sunday 31st Jan, 2016
Teaching Week 3

Sunday 31st Jan, 2016
Class 4 Disability Awareness Day
Photocopying Requests
All Photocopy Requests must be submitted latest by Wednesday by completing the Photocopy Request Form (click here). Late submissions will be accommodated on best efforts only.
Teacher's Portal
Use your teacher's portal for more than just submitting marks and report cards:
- View your Class Students
- Attendance for Students
- Get in touch with Parents 

Click here to access your Teacher Portal
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