Imran Arif

Teaching under Prevent: ‘The duty does not protect our students and “others” Muslim teachers’

For this special issue, TES asked a broad selection of teachers to describe their experience of working under the duty. In this article, an RE teacher shares his story

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As a Muslim teacher of Pakistani heritage born and raised in the UK, I knew that I would have to show and prove my ability as a teacher more than my non-Muslim colleagues, as well as my white British colleagues.

In my school, I was not the only Muslim Pakistani teacher – indeed, the majority of the student population came from the Muslim Pakistani community. Despite this, Muslim and/or Pakistani teachers were rarely, if at all, championed as potential role models, or valued as pioneers for the student community.

Also, having been employed as an RE teacher, I was frequently quizzed by other ...

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