The purpose of this page is to provide overviews and descriptions of key curricula in the Madrassah sector. This is in order for Madrassah staff and management to make an informed choice of what curricula or curricula to use in their Madrassahs.

What is a Curriculum?

The word curriculum (plural- curricula) is derived from the Latin ‘currere’, which means ‘race course’. Essentially a curriculum is a course of study the student will ‘run’ whilst at a madrassah. It is the total learning experience as detailed by a Madrassah. It is a guideline set out describing what will be taught. It outlines the educational objectives and expected knowledge at the end of the course and the values expected from the students with guidance on principles of assessment and evaluation. Curricula often include guidance on materials and resources.

What is a Syllabus?

The word syllabus (plural- syllabi or syllabuses) is derived from the Latin ‘sillubos’ meaning ‘list’. It is a descriptive list of the contents that will be taught, a guideline of how the curriculum will be successfully implemented. It includes topics to be covered, assessment tasks, mark scheme and key dates.

Curriculum/Syllabus Evaluation Rubric

A Curriculum Rubric is an evaluation tool used to promote quality standards throughout Madrassah curricula. The rubric with its clearly defined criteria is used as a scoring instrument against which popular curriculums can be measured. This helps to ensure consistency in evaluating curricula. View the Curriculum Rubric here


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