Islamic Schools Chief Vows to Help White Working-Class Boys

For years, independent Islamic schools have maintained their best performances, thus setting a brilliant record for faith schools as successful, highly-achieving and inspiring educational institutes in Britain.

Earlier this month, Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School ( TIGHS ) in Blackburn was ranked as one of the best schools in Britain.

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TIGHS and other two best-performing Islamic schools run by Star Academies, are located in inner-city areas dominated by ethnic minorities .

In contrast, white working-class students are struggling in education nationally.

A government analysis of pupil improvement in England published last week showed they were lagging far behind their peers.

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To tackle this, the chief executive of of Star Academies has vowed to turn his attention to deprived coastal areas whose populations are mainly white.

“There is no doubt a white child has advantages,” Hamid Patel, CEO of Star Academies, told The Times.

 “You only have to look at the statistics on employment, average pay, the prison system, and even life expectancy.

“This underlines how severe our issues are with white working-class boys that, despite the inherent advantages, they do so badly.

“Only one in seven white working-class boys will pass their GCSE in English and maths. That is a national disgrace.”

Star Academies’ current portfolio of schools, Tauheedul Islam Girls’ School in Blackburn, Eden Boys’ School in Birmingham and Eden Girls’ School in Coventry, had the highest pupil progress scores in the country.

Government data analyzed by The Times showed that coastal schools are among the worst at helping pupils progress.

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Success Story

In April 2019, a Manchester Islamic High School for girls was rated outstanding for the third year running in its latest glowing Ofsted report.

Also in 2019, in November, eight Muslim faith schools were recognized among the top 20 schools in Britain for academic progress in 2019, in the published GCSE league tables for 2019.

According to the Association of Muslim Schools, the UK has different types of schools; Madrassas are those religious schools that are attached to mosques, while full-time Muslim schools aren’t focused on the recitation of the Holy Qur’an.