Islamic Art provides cross curricular learning across many subject areas. Our work is centred around practical workshops that treats each pupil as a creative individual. As an ex-Headteacher, Razwan has experience of working with staff too. His work around Islamophobia in schools was developed in conjunction with RE Today Advisers Kate Christopher and Julia Diamond-Convey in 2017. This was rolled out to teachers in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, offering guidance on how to deal with difficult issues in a sensitive way.
WHAT SCHOOLS SAY:
"Many thanks for all your efforts to make your visit yesterday so utterly brilliant. The children all had a really wonderful experience, and most of all, had a real education."
Pippa Quarrell, Headteacher
Kitebrook School, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire
"We still talk about it…what fun we had..."
Rhys, Yr 6 Pupil
Trinity Primary School, Hereford
"Thanks for the wonderful day…I hope you continue to do this in other schools across Britain and make them feel the same amount of joy as I did."
Tim, Class 4 Pupil
Castle Carrock School, Castle Carrock, Cumbria
"Thank you once again for your invaluable contribution to our Sharing Values day 2012. Yet again, we have completely altered the image and experience of nearly one hundred young people…what an achievement, which will continue to have profound implications for years to come!"
Kate Mayglothling, Head of Humanities
Wigmore High School, Wigmore
"The children had a fantastic time exploring Islamic Calligraphy with Raz. He brings it to life in a fun and interesting way, whilst being educational at the same time. We would definitely recommend the day and we look forward to welcoming him back soon."
Elaine Jupp, Assistant Headteacher, Key Stage II Leader
Parish C of E School, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
"The session I enjoyed the most was Razwan's, I found it very enjoyable and energetic and I took lots of new information with me."
Yr 11 Pupil from Bordesley Green Conference 2013
Birmingham and Herefordshire Conference
"Raz's lessons offered our students an insight into his life as a Muslim. They loved the chance to ask thought-provoking questions, and the opportunity to create their own piece of Islamic calligraphy!"
Beth Loughran, RS Teacher
Queen Katherine Grammar School, Cumbria
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What can my school expect?
An enjoyable day of practical activities, creative exploration, questions, and friendliness.
Does my school need to change the timetable?
By integrating workshop sessions into the school timings as much as possible, we aim to reduce disruption to the school day.
Razwan normally works with Key Stages 2, 3, 4 and above. Additionally he also works with Year 2.
Razwan will bring specialist calligraphy equipment to the classes.
What will be the theme of each workshop?
It is hoped that by the end of the day, pupils will go away with a deep insight into the background of Islamic Art. The sessions are cross-curricular with a focus on practical Art activities. All pupils will gain experience of traditional Arabic Calligraphy using bamboo pens, hand-ground ink, and dip pens. Razwan will also give the school the choice of adding a maths activity or stretching pupils with calligraphy.
Razwan has over ten years experience of working with schools throughout Britain and this has also resulted in some extensive projects. His work is often cited as best practice, for example Razwan's work in Devon was showcased in the London RE Hub:
How can the school measure the effectiveness of the sessions?
Razwan will send over objectives of the day so that there clearly defined outcomes. This will help all members of staff and pupils know what to expect on the day and what to look for in their learning.
How do I contact Razwan?
0777 3963 502