Hey you! The importance of teachers getting the pupils’ name right

I was once a pupil in a British school. This was in the days when the teaching profession was just getting started to comprehend the multicultural dimension of their work. Alongside incidences of racial abuse from White children. I and many of my minority peers experienced abuse of a different kind; from our teachers. This centred on how our names were pronounced. I particularly recall one...

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Is it important to have teachers from the same ethnic background as the pupils?

Is it important to have teachers from the same background as the pupils? Following the recent decision to throw out the Trojan Horse case, I posted a link, on Facebook, to an article I had published on responsive education (for Pakistani children). In the article I wrote about the importance of employing a diverse teaching workforce; one that reflects the ethnic make up of the pupils. Upon...

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Parallel worlds in Moseley; in response to The Casey Review – into opportunity and integration

Extract from ‘Dear Birmingham’ by Karamat Iqbal After a year’s break, I decided to have another go at stewarding at the Moseley Folk festival. Where else can you be useful to your community, meet friends and neighbours and experience some excellent music as a part of the bargain? And all this for free when you are a steward. Not bad at all! By Sunday, I had done my two shifts of duty so I...

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What sort of Pakistan was meant to be?

The founder of Pakistan, Muhammed Ali Jinnah made a speech to the Legislative Assembly on 11 August 1947, in which he laid out the policy on the place of religion and belief in the affairs of the state. The main gist of the speech was that religion or belief were irrelevant; what mattered was people’s merit and equality of citizens. Until 1977, the speech was broadcast regularly on Radio...

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Still European

Many years ago, as a family we drove to Italy where we had a great holiday. On the way there and back we passed through France, Germany and Switzerland. Following the freedom we had experienced in our travels, I recall saying on our return that “we left home as Brits and came back as Europeans”. My citizenship has not changed, in spite of what our country decided last week. Below is...

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‘Excellence in Education’ Lecture at University of Warwick 12 October 2016

Over the past six years, Karamat has been undertaking doctoral research into ‘Education of British Pakistani boys and the place of religion’. He conducted his research in three state secondary schools in Birmingham. He will share some of his key findings and invite education practitioners and policy makers to consider appropriate responses. He will also refer to his previous research into...

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