Pastoral Care (Tarbiyah)


What is Tarbiyah?
`Tarbiyah` is an Arabic word that means development, increase, growth, and loftiness. In Islam it means the development and the training of people in various aspects. At Read Academy Tarbiyah refers to the systematic development and training of our pupils in the light of Islamic teachings. It is a continuous and comprehensive process of developing all aspects of our pupils’ character and personality, i.e. spiritual, intellectual, moral, social and physical aspects.
The real aim of Tarbiyah is to develop Taqwa and to put all members of Read Academy on the path of constant self purification, self-correction and self-development and instill in them the passion for truth, righteousness, justice and respect for others. The focus of Tarbiyah is to train pupils who are distinguished, strive for excellence, are self-motivated, conduct a balanced life, live in peace with themselves and their environment, be equipped with the necessary knowledge, understanding, and skills to make a difference in the society by taking an active role in the reform process that seeks to make the betterment of our community, our country and the entire world. The full impact of Tarbiyah is truly realised when parents, pupils, staff and other stakeholders all work cohesively together.
Allah has instructed us: “Indeed in the Messenger of Allah you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.” Surah Al-Ahzab 33:21.
The example and standard that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa salaam) set is one of excellence in all matters and this is the goal we aspire to achieve and maintain in the care, learning, teaching and support we provide at Read Academy.
How long will my child take to settle in?
Children quickly adjust to the School. They are nurtured and cared for in an environment which supports and encourages the gregarious child as much as the shy child, so that both may continue to grow in courage and confidence. The school is full of happy, purposeful children.
What will they achieve?
By the time they leave us, the children have matured and gained in confidence and acquired the knowledge, skills and understanding that will take them comfortably into the next stage of their schooling. The vast majority of our children move on to excellent local grammar schools or independent senior schools.
Setting boundaries
We recognise that, as adults, it is our duty to set firm boundaries for good behaviour. From the early years upwards, high quality, caring teachers ensure that children understand what is expected and that they are prepared for the sometimes difficult choices which they may have to make as they grow older.
Read Academy children are encouraged to enjoy their successes and celebrate their achievements in many ways: Gold Stars, Headteacher’s Awards, Cups and Certificates, displays of work and public acknowledgement of successes in our School Newsletter.
Educational Theory
There are many theories of education but the key to identifying and unleashing talent is to provide children with enriched experiences which will allow them to discover where their own talent, capabilities and potential lie. It is our belief that all children need love, guidance and consistency, and that they should be rewarded for real effort and achievement.
Co-education
We believe that children should be educated together in a co-educational environment during the formative and early years of their education. This environment allows boys and girls to grow up alongside each other and develop an understanding and a greater respect for the other.
School Communication
The school has efficient systems of communication. There is always someone who is accessible and who you can talk to. Satisfying parent/school relationships make all the difference to the school experience for everyone concerned. A good home-school partnership has a positive effect on the well-being of learners of all ages.
Parents
As partners in education, we hope that you will work with us and support us in deciding what is in your child’s best interest. If your child makes a mistake and learns from it, we view that as a success. We hope parents will encourage their child, praise them for a job well done, and not be afraid to point out when they could have done better.
Flying the Nest
Self- esteem and confidence are the most important predictors of future success. Self-esteem comes from being aware of your responsibilities as well as your rights. Read Academy children are encouraged to be confident but, at the same time, to be humble, tolerant and respectful of others. Children have a positive outlook and are willing to try again, if, at first, they don’t succeed.
At Read Academy we strive to provide our learners with a high standard of education and personal development based upon firm adherence to the Quran and Sunnah. Our academic curriculum is established on best practice and diverse teaching methods, whilst remaining adaptable and creative in order to cater for the diverse needs and abilities of all children in our care.