Anorak | Derby state school ‘makes all teachers wear hijab’ and ‘girls sit at the back of the class’

Derby state school ‘makes all teachers wear hijab’ and ‘girls sit at the back of the class’

by | 21st, September 2013

Al-Madinah School

“FUMING women teachers at a Muslim school have been ordered to cover their heads in class — no matter what their religion,” reports the Sun in an article headlined “Teachers ordered to wear Islam scarves”.

The story goes that four of the 20 teaching staff at Derby’s Al-Madinah free school are not Muslim.

The NUT’s Sue Arguile is upset:

“We’ve had concerns ever since it was first set up last year. At least five teachers — both male and female — have made complaints to the union of concerns about the school breaching employment law. We will now be seeking legal advice.”

Union colleague Nick Raine adds:

“It’s one thing to have a dress code, which we can challenge, and quite another to build it into a contract.”

Pupils in school uniform might well snort with laughter about Miss and Sir being upset at having to wear the school headgear.

The school says it is:

Al-Madinah School is a brand new 4 -16 Muslim Faith School open to all and is based in Derby. The School was founded by the Al Madinah Education Trust…

A strong Muslim ethos will give the school its uniqueness integrated with shorter holidays and longer school days to maximise opportunities for pupil achievement and success. At the centre of our school is a community of pupils, able to enjoy learning in a caring Islamic environment which promotes a culture of high expectations and outstanding performance.

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