Judging Criteria

There will be five criterion used by the judges during the selection process.

Quality of teaching
How does this teacher create an environment where the lessons are engaging?
What approaches does the teacher use to ensure high expectations and outstanding learning outcomes?

How does this teacher use creative approaches to support learning?
What new ideas, tools, resources, and approaches to learning does this teacher use?

Promoting character education & Citizenship
How does this teacher encourage students to grow up to be good model citizens with strong values?

What are the key outcomes achieved by the teacher so far?
How does this teacher engage parents in the learning of their children and with what outcomes?
How does this teacher call on other professionals to support pupils and with what outcomes?

Teacher’s Awards – Judging Panel

The following highly qualified and experienced individuals will be part of the panel of judges:
Dame Anna P.L. Hassan DBE

Anna Hassan has worked in schools in Hackney for over 30 years. She held several senior posts in Primary Schools as well as being substantive Head of Grasmere Primary School and then Millfields Community School. She has in-depth experience of the business world.

Anna has worked for the National College as an advisor for NPQH, a mentor on ‘the Wave Programme’, which supports managers into Leadership, a London Challenge Consultant and continues to work with and mentor school leaders in Britain and abroad. She is particularly interested in succession planning.

She was a school assessor for the UNICEF Rights, Respecting programme, a Governor of a local Community College, a member of an IEB in outer London. She is Vice Chair of Governors in B&D Chair of OCAT and on the Board of the LBDS

Akram Khan-Cheema

Akram Khan-Cheema has extensive experience of teaching and advisory/inspection work within the UK in Liverpool, Birmingham, and Bradford. He has worked in Inner city, ‘Multicultural’ areas and the wider community in the so called white highlands. He actively promoted a number of national and international initiatives including teacher and pupil exchange programmes, staff development and teacher training in the Middle East, Far East, and European countries. He was a prominent member of the Government’s “SWANN” committee of Inquiry into Education of Ethnic Minorities, and chairman of the National Association of LEA Advisory Officers for Multi-Cultural Education (ALAOME). He has a wide range of experience of organisation and delivery of INSET, including training other Ofsted inspectors, and his impact on the management of human resources has met with wide acclaim. His Education Management Consultancy services and Advisory work to a whole host of regional, national and international organisations including QCA, BBC/ITC, RSA, REC, IBERR, AMS, TTA, IIIT takes up a lot of his time. His professional work has taken him as far a field as South Africa, Nigeria, Sharjah, Dubai, Abudabi, Qatar, Saudi Arabia India, Pakistan, Kashmir, Malaysia, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Ireland. At present as Chief Executive Officer for IBERR he is involved in research and development into Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural dimension in education from a universal Islamic perspective. He managed a national school centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme in association with the University of Gloucestershire and is invited regularly to contribute to ITT courses by Colleges of Higher Education and University Departments.

Akram continues to carry out Ofsted inspections as an independent consultant and to act as consultant to a number of Local Education Authorities, community schools, and community based voluntary organisations and public service agencies in directing their efforts towards effective management of diversity, integration and social cohesion. He has chaired numerous action research programmes and has gained an enviable reputation for his personal commitment to voluntary work within the community. In 2003 he was awarded the OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for service to education and received the Muslim News Education Award for Excellence in 2002. The University of Gloucestershire awarded him an Honorary Fellowship for his intercultural work and contributions to interfaith educational projects and raising standards.

Dr Lyn Haynes - BSc BEd MA PhD SFHEA FRSB CBiol CSciTeach

Lyn Haynes has been working as a teacher educator, mainly in STEM education since 2007. She was predominantly a science teacher, having taught on four continents. Her research interests are eclectic, ranging from Special Needs (supporting colleagues with disabilities and/or impairments; working with an osteopath to help hypermobile (double-jointed) pupils who are dysgraphic), STEM as a Foreign Language (SfL) to public understanding of biomedical sciences. Lyn has been an active member of the Association for Science Education since 1992 and is a governor in a primary school.

Mrs Bushra Nasir CBE BSc (Hons.)

Mrs Bushra Nasir was a secondary headteacher with 20 years’ experience at Plashet School in the London Borough of Newham before retiring in December 2012. She was the first Muslim female headteacher of a secondary school in the UK. In 2003, she was awarded a CBE for her services to education and in 2005 won the ‘Asian Professional Woman of the Year’ award. She served on the General Teaching Council from 2000 to 2005 and was president of the Muslim Teachers’ Association for six years. In 2006, Mrs Nasir was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of East London for her services to education; in 2007 she received a Fellowship from Queen Mary College London and in 2015 an Honorary Master’s degree from the University of St. Mark and St. John.

Plashet is an 11–16 comprehensive girls’ school with 1,355 students, 90 per cent of them from ethnic minority backgrounds and a high percentage with free school meals. Plashet is a high-achieving school with GCSE results above national average; the 2012 GCSE results were the highest achieved by the school at 74% 5 good passes including English and Maths compared to 28% in 1993. Plashet gained Beacon status in September 2000, Leading Edge status in 2004 and Science Specialist College Status in September 2007. The school was graded Outstanding in its Ofsted inspection in March 2005 and March 2008. It was featured in a national report produced by Ofsted entitled ‘12 Outstanding Schools – excelling against the odds’.

While working in Newham, Mrs Nasir chaired Secondary Heads’ meetings and led a Leading Edge Partnership. She has also mentored five newly appointed Head-teachers.

She has been trained and accredited as a mentor by the Institute of Education and has completed the Consultant Leaders Programme. She is an accredited School Improvement Partner (SIP) and has supported schools in Essex. She is currently on the Education Advisory Panel for Mosaic, a Prince’s Trust charity, and is a coach for the NCSL BME headteacher internship programme. She is a Council member of Queen Mary University and the Chair of the Education Committee of the Migration Project. At present, she is mentoring 5 Head Teachers and supporting 4 schools on their journey to become Outstanding.

Mrs Nasir has spoken at a wide range of conferences and events related to educational issues for parents, head-teachers and educationalists.

Mrs Nasir is co-author of a book called Breaking Stereotypes, which aims to provide positive role models for ethnic minority young people. In 2009, she was named in the top 10 list of Muslim women in the ‘Muslim Power’ list produced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and published in The Times.

Mrs Nasir was awarded TES Headteacher of the Year in summer 2012 and the role of Deputy Lord Lieutenant (Greater London) by the Queen in 2016.

Dr Abdullah Sahin

Dr. Abdullah Sahin is a Reader in Islamic Education at the University of Warwick and is the course leader for the new MA in Religions, Society and Education (the Islamic Education Pathway) offered at the Center for Education Studies. Dr Sahin's work aims to establish Islamic Education as an interdisciplinary field of scholarly study, empirical inquiry and professional development.

Dr Sahin comes from an Islamic Studies, Theology, Educational Studies and Social Sciences background. He has conducted research on religious identity formation among British Muslim youth and worked on educational strategies to address the impact of religious extremism within Muslim minority and majority contexts. Dr Sahin has developed the first recognized Masters' level degree programme on Islamic Education within the UK higher education system. He has taught at the universities of Birmingham, Aberdeen, and the Gulf University for Science and Technology (Kuwait). Dr Sahin has numerous scholarly publications on Islam and Education and his most recently published book is entitled: New Directions in Islamic Education: Pedagogy and Identity Formation (Kube Academic, Leicester, Rev Imprint 2014).

Lubna Khan

Serving Head Teacher of Berrymede Junior School, London Borough of Ealing, since 2009. Seconded 2 days a week by LA to Lead on Reading Campaign across Ealing Schools (over 100 schools) in conjunction with The National Literacy Trust and as Moderator for Writing. Local Leader of Education supporting schools in and around locality. Mentor for aspiring Head Teachers. Active member of numerous academic committees in pursuit of education and welfare of children. Strong International links particularly in schools in Pakistan and China. Member of APWA and Bloomsbury Pakistan Group most recently.

Dr Muhammad Abdul

Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari is a noted civic leader, intellectual-activist and commentator. He is also an educationalist, parenting consultant and author. He is an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary University of London, an Honorary Doctor of Education from University of East London and Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London Lieutenancy. Dr Bari has been involved with Muslim Council of Britain, East London Mosque, Citizens UK and a number of charities in various capacities. He was a board member of the London 2012’s (Olympic and Paralympic Games) Organising Committee.

Dr. Musharraf Hussain Al-Azhari OBE, DL

Musharraf Hussain is the chief Executive of Karimia institute Nottingham, a trustee of Muslim hands and was awarded an OBE in 2008 for his services to community relations in Britain. Formerly he was the director of the PGCE teacher training course and vice chair of the association of Muslim schools (2000-2003) and the chairman of the Christian Muslim forum (2008-10). He trained and worked as a research scientist before becoming a fulltime Imam and Islamic teacher.

He has a passion for teaching the glorious Quran, and has written and published a series of comprehensive textbooks and work books for Quran schools; lets learn Islam. He has developed a programme for character development and written a book on this topic, Seven steps to moral intelligence. His new translation of the Quran, ‘Glorious Reading’ in plain English will be published in May 2017. He has translated and written twenty books about traditional Islamic teachings to help Muslims practice their religion and three hundred articles. His book on introduction to Islam has been published by Nelson and Thornes and is taught in secondary schools in England.

Tahmidah Kalam

A talented and industrious former Nida Trust Rising Stars winner. Tahmidah Kalam graduated from the LSE (London School of Economics) and is currently active in several community initiatives in the field of education and development. Through her stellar academic record and diverse experiences in community and fundraising projects in the UK and abroad, Tahmidah has proven to be a well-rounded individual with an unyielding commitment to making a difference.

Amani Faris

16 year old Amani Faris is the youngest panelist on our judging panel. He is a first year college student studying Law, Economics and Statistics at Gateway College, Leicester. Amani is a talented Poet and an aspiring corporate lawyer, while working as a budding entrepreneur. He is Nida Trust Rising Star Award winner, Luton community awards 2013, and WinNet Systems Young Achiever.

At the age of 13 Amani has published his first novel 'Drive Hard'. He is a recipient Multiple awards by SLIF UK for oratory. Amongst his outstanding achievements, Amani has served 5 years as a Muslim youth scout and a young leader. He also served 3 years as a national human appeal volunteer and representative travelling to multiple cities and finally, Amani has started his own business, taking an idea 'from a vision into reality'.