Our Leadership specialism is at the heart of everything we do. Our pupils learn all about their rights, roles and responsibilities as young leaders in Britain and the world today.
At TIBHS, we strongly believe that the leaders of tomorrow must be nurtured through positive experiences today, that it is not enough simply to teach about good leadership, but that it must be experienced; and that the greater individuality and self-reflectivity one fosters within a young person through a personalised and experiential curriculum in leadership, the more rewards there are in terms of personal development and attainment.
The Star R-18 Leadership Framework captures this commitment to nurture and develop the leadership potential of Star pupils via the identification of specific virtues linked to a competency matrix that encompasses the entire schooling experience from Reception to Key Stage 5.
In placing leadership at the very heart of our organisation, the Star R-18 Leadership Framework intends to develop well-rounded, ethical and accomplished leaders of tomorrow. Pupil leaders who act from a strong self-concept; individuals who are passionate, determined and tenacious, willing to courageously lead and to humbly serve others. These leaders are inspiring role models and active citizens equipped to engage across a diverse and wide range of contexts in the pursuit of excellence.
Key Leadership Activities
Pupil Leadership Roles
Pupil leaders are recruited throughout the school in a number of roles.
The purpose of pupil leaders is to:
- Provide the perspective of learners into decision-making within the school;
- Support the school in managing key events, processes and groups of pupils; and
- Develop autonomy and ownership within the pupil body.
All pupil leaders are:
- Elected by peers or selected by teachers and school leaders following a recruitment process.
- Provided with training on their role, key responsibilities and leadership skills.
- Managed by a middle or senior leader.
For more information on our pupil leadership roles, please click here.
Members of the Pupil Council are elected by their peers and meet with the Principal or a senior leader on their behalf on a half-termly basis. The meetings allow pupils to:
- Provide feedback from their peers on key events and initiatives in school.
- Influence the planning and delivery of forthcoming events and activities.
- Raise concerns on all areas of the school.
The meetings, and their wider role as members of the Pupil Council, develop pupils as leaders by developing skills in:
- Building consensus;
- Evaluating and rationalising conflicting feedback that they receive from their peers;
- Being able to persuade others at the Pupil Council of the merits of their point of view.
The purpose of the Tauheedul Baccalaureate programme is to encourage learners to develop their performance, moral and civic leadership – rewarding them for attending fully and working hard in lessons, showing excellent character and manners in and around school and showing a commitment to their local community.
More information on the programme may be found here.
Commemorating World War 1
100 years ago, the world saw the first global conflict of the industrial age. Launched on a tide of fervent patriotism and optimism, World War 1 became a by-word for senseless slaughter and brutal devastation that cost the lives of 16 million people and maimed countless others. Millions of men fought and perished through the mud, barbed wire and stench in the trenches that stretched from the Belgian coast to the Swiss mountains – giving their lives for the gain of a few yards, soon to be lost again. It was a conflict which changed the world forever; inspiring revolutions, dismantling centuries-old empires and destroying the old certainties of the world.
Such is the magnitude of World War 1 on our conscience, it is vital for our learners to have an appreciation of its abject horror, the sacrifice of millions in the cause of liberty and the impact that it has had on the making of our modern world.
At Tauheedul, we have commemorated the centenary of World War 1 through a series of activities during each of the four years between 2014 and 2018.
More information on these activities may be found here
In many of these activities, pupils developed their leadership skills through:
- Taking responsibility for the planning and delivery of key activities
- Developing an understanding of the moral and civic leadership that underpins these activities and the events that they mark
- Developing empathy for – and sharing a common purpose with – others
Duke of Edinburgh Award
This year the school will deliver the Bronze Level of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The programme involves a range of activities – including volunteering, physical assessments, orienteering activities, a residential and an expedition.
The activities – managed and coordinated by the school – enable pupils to develop leadership skills relating to working in a team, receiving and giving instructions, communication, mental fortitude and perseverance and social and self-awareness.
This year pupils in Year 7 and 8 are the first cohort to join the TIBHS Scouts programme. The programme involves a range of activities- including volunteering, physical assessments, orienteering, residential and community service social action projects.
The activities – managed and co-ordinated by the school and Scout volunteers from the parental community, enable the pupils to develop leadership skills relating to working in a team, receiving and giving instructions, communication, self-confidence and self-belief, mental fortitude and perseverance and self-awareness.
Pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9 complete an ‘Enterprise Day’ in July. The day helpes pupils to learn entrepreneurial skills such as problem-solving, working with others, financial planning, marketing, customer relations and presentational skills. Pupils receive input from a number of local business and community leaders as part of their learning on the day.
In addition, pupils in Year 10 spend a full week in Enterprise-related activity. The programme is supported by representatives from KPMG (who kindly host a visit to their North West Headquarters for the winning team), Shine Charity, local charities and employers such as Apple Distinguished Educators, EuroGarages and Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.
Each year, pupil journalists are recruited and autonomously produce a termly newsletter (“Al-Qalam Pen”) which reports on the activities within school as well as the important themes and issues of the day. There is a pupil editor, who will commission stories and manage a team of journalists from across the school. The newsletter is shared with pupils, staff, Governors and parents – and added to the website.
As part of the process, pupils develop important skills relating to leadership – such as articulacy, interviewing, communicating, meeting deadlines, judicious reporting and empathy.
Oratory & Debating Skills
In order to develop character and foster the development of well-articulated and confident pupils, the school has recently introduced a programme of regular public speaking events and debates.
The aim of the events is to allow learners to gain an experience of sharing ideas and communicating disagreements in a constructive manner.
As part of these efforts, the school will aim to:
- Deliver a Debating Club on various motions linked to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
- Uses the KS3 Citizenship/ Life Skills lessons to encourage debating and improving oratory skills
- Deliver a number of debates between teachers to model debating and presenting to pupils of all ages
In addition, a group of pupils each week are asked to deliver a short oratory during the assembly to their peers on a topic or issue of concern to them. The initiative allows pupils to make a case for a particular change in the world and develop skills in articulacy, persuasion and oratory.
Each January, the school marks the Holocaust.
Between 1941 and 1945, the Nazis attempted to annihilate all of Europe’s Jews. This systematic and planned attempt to murder European Jewry is known as the Holocaust (‘HaShoah’ or ‘The Catastrophe’ in Hebrew). Over the course of four years, six million Jewish men, women and children perished in ghettos, mass-shootings, concentration camps and extermination camps.
Each year, on 27th January, pupils and staff at Tauheedul remember the victims of the Holocaust and the many subsequent genocides.
In partnership with the Anne Frank Trust, the school install an exhibition which is visited by all pupils. Peer guides were trained by staff from the Anne Frank Trust and then guided their fellow pupils through the exhibition.
As well as the exhibition and special assemblies delivered by descendants of Holocaust survivors, pupils join learners from other schools to attend a special ceremony to mark the Holocaust at the Town Hall.