Overview

The Madrassah Quality Standards Framework (MQSF) was developed by Faith Associates in 2012 based on a decade of experience in the Madrassah sector and after years of extensive research and consultations. Its objective is to help Madrassahs in raising their standards in key areas relating to management and teaching and to allow them to measure their performance against standardised benchmarks. The Madrassah Quality Standards Framework (MQSF) brings together legal requirements and good practice to enable Madrassahs and Supplementary Schools to meet standards in:

  • Policies & Procedures
  • Structure & Management
  • Organization & governance
  • Staff Recruitment
  • Child Safeguarding
  • Madrassah Curriculum
  • Teaching strategies
  • Effective teaching & learning
  • Assessment
  • Student Admission
  • Health & Safety

Madrassahs that meet the standards can attain certification under the Madrassah Quality Standards Framework (MQSF) with the awards of Mizan, Kauser & Firdaus.

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Overview

The Madrassah Quality Standards Framework (MQSF) was developed by Faith Associates in 2012 based on a decade of experience in the Madrassah sector and after years of extensive research and consultations.  Its objective is to help Madrassahs in raising their standards in key areas relating to management and teaching and to allow them to measure their performance against standardised benchmarks. The Madrassah Quality Standards Framework (MQSF) brings together legal requirements and good practice to enable Madrassahs and Supplementary Schools to meet standards in:

  • Policies & Procedures

  • Structure & Management

  • Organization & governance

  • Staff Recruitment

  • Child Safeguarding

  • Madrassah Curriculum

  • Teaching strategies

  • Effective teaching & learning

  • Assessment

  • Student Admission

  • Health & Safety

Madrassahs that meet the standards can attain certification under the Madrassah Quality Standards Framework (MQSF) with the awards of Mizan, Kauser & Firdaus.

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Benefits

By attaining Quality Standards, Madrassahs can be confident that they are delivering a high quality Islamic educational experience to their pupils. The Quality Standards are equally beneficial for established and newly formed start-up Madrassahs or supplementary schools. Among the numerous benefits are that your institution will

  • Be striving towards excellence, an honourable principle in our faith

  • Have the necessary procedures and right measures for ensuring the safety of your pupils

  • Have increased trust and confidence from parents

  • Gain better reputation in your community and hence possibly more referrals to your Madrassah

  • Have the necessary safeguarding and health and safety requirements essential for any form of partnership or collaborative projects with your local authority or schools.

  • Attract potential sponsors and stakeholders

  • Protect your institution in the current tension-filled environment, amidst a potentially heightening government scrutiny of the Madrassah sector by meeting all legal requirement

  • Benefit from increased quality assurance due to having correct and professional policies and procedures in place at your institution

  • Focus on strategic management, everyday responsibilities and future planning and creativity while we set the foundations of quality assurance right for you

  • Focus on improving teaching content and helping students meet their learning goals

  • Increased staff & employees’ satisfaction

  • Receive documents, letters and forms branded with your logo

  • Eliminate causes of potential disputes and conflicts resulting from lack of appropriate procedures and implementation of essential policies.

  • Automatically become a member of NAM- The National Association of Madrassahs (NAM)-, a non-denominational, non-governmental platform through which all Madrassahs and Islamic supplementary schools can gather to learn, reflect and share how they can improve the educational, governance and administrative qualities of these institutions.

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Importance

The Madrassah in Western Europe and North America, in its current form, is largely a product of the 20thcentury and is thus still in its infancy. The educational quality of these Madrassahs varies vastly and thus affects the pupils experience with religion.

It is therefore essential that the Madrassah develops in the healthiest and most constructive way possible in order to provide maximum benefit to the young Muslims who attend and the society they contribute to.

The Madrassah Quality Standard Framework (MQSF) facilitates the development of leaders, teachers and administrative staff as well as the institutions they serve. It will work towards quality of Islamic education within a safe, sustainable and spiritually uplifting environment.

Madrassah Quality Standard Framework

Madrassah Quality Standard Framework

Levels & Frameworks

Mizan (Bronze), Kausar (Silver) and Firdaus (Gold) are three levels within the Madrassah Quality Standards Framework (MQSF).  Mizan is an entry level containing 18 procedures and policies that are mainly legally required. Kausar is an intermediate level containing 18 health and safety, staff development and student induction policies and procedures. Firdaus is an Advanced level containing 30 policies and procedures designed to enable further excellence in health and safety, teaching and learning, evaluation and assessment. In addition to the policies and procedures, each level is supported with forms and letters.

Each level is governed by eight frameworks and each framework entails a different set of policies and procedures that a Madrassah must implement in order to attain that level. Below is an outline of those eight frameworks:

Framework 1

Policies & Procedures

Framework 2

Structure & Management

Framework 3

Staff Recruitment & HR

Framework 4

Student Admissions

Framework 5

Teaching Strategies

Framework 6

Madrassah Curriculum

Framework 7

Performance Assessment

Framework 8

Child Protection

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Advance

Seeking to advance Madrassah quality standards beyond Mizan level is evidence of commitment to excellence in the services provided to children, families and communities. Once an institution successfully passes the Mizan (Bronze, entry level), they will be advised on further improvements required for them to promote to Kausar (Silver) Level. The following is a step-by-step outline of the process:

  1.  Complete the contact form to request your interest 

  2. Agree a date for starting the confidential Mizan Level audit for the institution.  

  3. Audit team (1 or 2 members of expert staff) to visit on an agreed date. The trip will be during Madrassah working hours lasting 1 to 3 hours. The audit will only cover Kausar level criteria and will involve a review of:

  • Working practices

  • Health & Safety

  • Existing Policies and Procedures

  • Discussions with staff and record their potential needs if any. Teachers will be asked questions on certain issues around Health and Safety.

  1. On completion, we will provide a confidential report to senior management and offer recommendations to establish Kausar Level at your Madrassah.

  2. We will provide all Kausar draft policies and procedures required to meet this level.

  3. Madrassah senior Management will review the draft policies and procedures and return it to us by an agreed date

  4. Once all changes are complete, all documentation will be resent in Hardcopy format. All documentation will be branded with your Madrassah’s logos.

  5. Upon agreement from your Madrassah, a qualified independent auditor from Faith Associates will come to assess the work. If the policies have been implemented successfully, then the institution will successful pass and is awarded the Quality Standard Level.

  6. Further suggestions will be made on improvements required to achieve Firdous Standard.

The process is repeated for attaining the Firdous Standard. Institutions wishing to advance to the next level are required to pass Mizan, Kausar and Firdous in this order.

The time it takes to attain a level depends on each Madrassah and how quickly and effectively they can implement each policy. It may take one week or several months depending on the senior management team and the teaching staff and how well the Quality Standards can be adhered to as a culture within the organisation. Additionally, support, training and successful implementation of statutory policies will help your Madrassahs to achieve these three grades.

Level 1 Safeguarding training for Madrassah teachers

Support

Madrassahs who apply for Quality Standards attainment will be given professional and tailored support to meet their needs throughout the process. This support includes:

  • The option of an arranged confidential Madrassah visit, class observations and discussions with senior management followed by expert recommendations and a confidential report

  • Advice and guidance on overcoming any milestones and challenges in relation to understanding or implementing the procedures and frameworks -included in your level- via email or telephone communication Mon-Fri 9:30- 6pm

  • Editing your documents based on your requests and delivering them to you

  • Showcasing your Madrassah or Supplementary School’s experience on our website and relevant national and international platforms.

  • Automatically registering you as an official member of NAM- The National Association of Madrassahs (NAM)-, a non-denominational, non-governmental platform through which all Madrassahs and Islamic supplementary schools can gather to learn, reflect and share how they can improve the educational, governance and administrative qualities of these institutions.

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Mizan Process

An assessment is carried out by a Faith Associates representative who will carry out a check against the Madrassah Quality Standards Framework (MQSF) to identify the base line of good governance and what actions they need to take to improve and attain a particular level. Following this, a report will be produced to determine what actions need to be taken. The following is a step-by-step outline of the process:

  1. Complete the online form, select a day for the audit visit and agree to our terms and conditions
  2. Make the Payment
  3. Date of audit visit confirmation
  4. Audit team (1 or 2 members of expert staff) to visit on an agreed date. The visit will be during Madrassah working hours lasting 1 to 3 hours. The audit will only cover the standards of the relevant level and will involve a review of:
  • Working practices
  • Health & Safety
  • Existing Policies and Procedures
  • Discussions with staff and record their potential needs if any. Teachers will be asked questions on certain issues around Health and Safety.
  1. On completion, we will provide a confidential report to senior management and offer recommendations to establish Mizan level at your Madrassah.
  2. We will provide all Mizan draft policies and procedures required to meet this level.
  3. Madrassah senior Management will review the draft policies and procedures and return it to us by an agreed date
  4. Once all changes are complete, all documentation will be resent in Hardcopy format. All documentation will be branded with your Madrassah’s logos.
  5. Upon agreement from your Madrassah, a qualified independent auditor from Faith Associates will come to assess the work. If the policies have been implemented successfully, then the institution will successful pass and is awarded the Quality Standard Level.
  6. Further suggestions will be made on improvements to achieve Kauser and Firdous Standards

The time it takes to attain a level depends on each Madrassah and how quickly and effectively they can implement each policy. It may take one week or several months depending on the senior management team and the teaching staff and how well the Quality Standards can be adhered to as a culture within the organisation. Additionally, support, training and successful implementation of statutory policies will help your Madrassahs to achieve these three grades.

Prices

Mizan £495 + VAT
Kausar £595 + VAT
Firdaus £695 + VAT

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Begin Accreditation Process

To begin the accreditation process for your Madrassah or Islamic Supplementary school, fill out the information below, select a date for the supported audit visit and we will get in touch to confirm the date.

Achieving Mizan level and accreditation are prerequisites for Kausar and Firdaus accreditation. 

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