Usman Qureshi

Born and brought up in the UK, Usman graduated from Kings College London and then travelled abroad to study Arabic at The Markaz Fajr Institute in Cairo. He returned to undertake a PGCE at the renowned Institute of Education and spent several years in the world of schooling with his last full-time position as the Headteacher of an Islamic independent school. Deeply disatissfied with the corporate nature of schooling and how children learn, he committed himself to further study completing his MA in Effective Learning at the Institute of Education. He speaks on and writes about issues related to schooling, parenting and community, and is an active member of his local masjid.
8 Articles

When Did Bringing up Children Become So Complicated?

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An ever-increasing number of parents work at least five days a week, and often find themselves unable to offer quality time to their children.

Unscripted #16 | GCSEs are dumb | Usman Qureshi

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Join us this week on our Unscripted podcast with Usman Qureshi.

A Destructive Education

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The burgeoning Muslim middle classes are walking into an epidemic, writes educationalist Usman Qureshi.

Do Madrasahs Empower Children?

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In this Face to Face episode, Ustadh Usman Qureshi discusses whether Madrasahs empower our children adequately to face the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Imagine this were your story

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You have reached old age, living with your spouse. You spent a lifetime working hard to lavish upon your children every possible advantage. But now they have grown up...

An education for all?

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When MP Diane Abbott decided to send her child to an independent school, there was understandable uproar. A woman who has been a key figure in the Labour party, a party which claims to fight for equality of opportunity, arguably demonstrated that her socialist values and credentials are only important when berating the opposition in the commons, but pragmatically have no place in the world. This should really come as no surprise. A system of government, which 'whips' MPs to vote in accordance with party policy and sometimes against their own conscience, or more significantly against the wishes of the

Lost in Logistics

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"I am skydiving for Medical Aid for Palestinians; please donate generously for a truly worthy cause," is a request that was retweeted to me some months ago. Naturally, any attempt to raise money for a people who are suffering under the yoke of oppression and terror deserves support, but I could not help but reply back to the individual in question and ask, "Why do you need to skydive to raise money for a worthy cause?" The truth is that if a cause is genuinely deserving, people should be ready and willing to support it financially with a simple request.

Madrasah’s R Us

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  "I don't know how to read the Qur'an, but I want my son to be able to." I remember smiling politely at this mother who had been explaining the reasons why she wanted her son to attend a primary Islamic faith school. She did not wear the hijab (the Islamic Headscarf) and did not seem to know a great deal about her own faith, yet while part of me was full of admiration for this lady who evidently found it important to send her son to a school where he could learn how to read the Qur'an, I was