1. Equality Act 2010
The school always endeavours to ensure that it complies with the Equality Act 2010. We believe that the Act contains principles which are advocated by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), and should be used to teach children about his noble practices in treating people fairly, as well as the value that such an Act adds to a cohesive British Society.
Naturally, our curriculum will provide opportunities for our pupils to explore how in history (and today), people’s rights have been compromised on the basis that they belong to a particular group or share a certain characteristic. It is important to use these opportunities to help pupils reflect on why this is wrong. Furthermore, pupils should be given the opportunity to empathise with people who suffer inequalities, especially those with whom the pupils do not necessarily posses the same characteristics. The Qur’an and the Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) biography should be referenced to demonstrate how he made moral and legal judgements without prejudice.
We are not required to teach about particular actions of anybody who possesses a particular characteristic. For example, we are not required to teach about homosexuality in our curriculum content. We should, however, ensure that nothing in our curriculum vilifies or demonises any individuals in society, including homosexuals. If a topic is raised where the acceptability of British Law contradicts our moral principles, e.g. drinking alcohol, adultery or homosexuality, we should use the opportunity to reinforce the view to our children that legality in British law provides a choice of actions for individuals and communities to make choices according to their own moral framework. As Muslim citizens of this country we also have the choice to follow our religion’s moral code as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others to follow theirs. Wherever there are legal issues to be resolved, British Law has to prevail.
extract from our curriculum policy. 2019