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Since 2002 Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation has been engaged in pioneering Islamic teacher education and continuous professional development for the 21st Century. Shakhsiyah Teacher Education has grown organically alongside the development of Shakhsiyah Schools and Early Years. Our work has been based firmly on the Islamic concepts of tarbiyah, ta’alim and taadib. Our CPD programme and teacher education courses provide an understanding of the principles of Shakhsiyah education including the Halaqah, Holistic and Arabic curricula that are unique to ISF schools. Our courses aim to enable educators to understand and appreciate classical Islamic classical theory, principles and pedagogy whilst simultaneously considering contemporary educational theories and discourses including Islamic, ‘alternative’ and mainstream. Educators are able to develop their understanding of how to amalgamate these in order to realize the vision of Islamic schooling and meet the needs of the Muslim children in the 21st century Britain.


Our course content also draws on our unique Principles of Shakhsiyah Education


Seven Principles of Shakhsiyah Education


The seven Principles of Shakhsiyah Education provide a framework to build and guide Muslims in developing educational projects, pedagogy and curricula that reflect our holistic concept of Islamic education i.e. education which builds all teaching and learning from an Islamic basis.


  1. Niyyah (Intention): The principle of loving learning for the sake of Allah, growing towards Allah is the ultimate purpose of the human-being.

  2. Shakhsiyah (Personalized Character Education): The principle of dynamic parent-teacher-learner relationships generated through human-scale personalized shakhsiyah education.

  3. Qadwa (Teaching by Example): The principle of leading by example through continuous Islamic teacher education and the constant quest for ‘ilm, ihsan wa taqwa through research and learning.

  4. Halaqah (Islamic Oral Pedagogy): The principle of halaqah as a prophetic pedagogy that synthesizes tarbiyah, ta’alim and taadib.

  5. Minhaaj al Diraasiyah (Shakhsiyah Creative Curriculum): The principle of a holistic Islamic creative curriculum with the halaqah curriculum at its core.

  6. Balagha (Qur’anic eloquence): The principle of Qur’anic Arabic as the language of Islam and the revival of Muslim heritage.

  7. Taqdeer (Assessment for the Learner): The principle of the individual learner (Shakhs) at the heart of assessment so that assessment is formative, i.e. for the learners growth towards Allah.

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Course Name Location Date
Shakhsiyah Teacher Education Course Shakhsiyah School, London Branch 2015-09-04
Shakhsiyah Teacher Education Course Shakhsiyah School, Slough Branch 2014-08-29