Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. What age group are the Workbooks targeted towards?
All five Workbooks are suitable for children between the ages of 10 and 16, and are age appropriate. Although our Workbooks have been written and designed for children at secondary school level, they can also be used for those wanting to revise their foundational knowledge or those new to Islam.
Q2. What resources do you offer to assist with teaching the Workbooks?
Each Workbook has associated Teacher’s Packs, which have Lesson Plans, Schemes of Work, Worksheets, Handouts and Presentations. These resources are available on our website.
Q3. How can I access Class Tests at the end of each topic?
Class Tests, and the Mark Schemes are available to purchase on the website.
Q4. Are students provided with certification on completing a Workbook?
We will be providing anEnd of Year Exam Marking Service with Certificates of completion for each Workbook.
Q5. Will I receive a qualification after completing the Workbooks?
All of our Workbooks have associated End of Year Exams and Certificates approved by iSyllabus. Workbook 5 also covers the GCSE in Islam, which pupils are able to register for independently.
Q6. What school of thought do the Workbooks cover?
Our Workbooks give a balanced approach to all four Sunni schools of thought through the content and language. Any major differences of opinion between the four schools are pointed out through subtleties of language. By default, our Workbooks are based on the Hanafi school of thought.
Q7. Are the Workbooks aimed at Sunni Muslims?
The Workbooks provide a broad and inclusive understanding of Sunni Islam, remaining non-sectarian throughout. They teach young Muslims to be articulate and confident in the core values of their faith. The Workbooks and associated material have been carefully reviewed and edited by Sunni scholars.
Q8. Is there anything controversial in the Workbooks?
We have kept all of our material neutral and balanced. Any possibly divisive issues have been reviewed and presented in a way that avoids confusion, leaving pupils with a clear understanding of Islam. Importantly, this allows teachers and Imams a degree of flexibility when teaching the material so as to introduce nuances in fiqh and aqidah that they may deem useful for their own pupils.
Q9. Do these Workbooks lead to a GCSE in Islam?
All of the five Workbooks have been produced at GCSE level, in terms of their language and content. Currently in the UK, a Full or Short Course GCSE Religious Studies qualification on Islam is offered by AQA and Edexcel. The Islamic studies material covered by each of these examination boards for their GCSE qualification, is continuously being reviewed and modified.
The material in Workbook 5 has been written and compiled specifically for students studying a GCSE in Islam with either AQA or Edexcel, covering the key course material and topics for both. Our advice to teachers is to refer to the criteria for assessments, depending on the examination board through which the assessment is being taken. Additional material needs to be covered for the examination.
Q10. How does iSyllabus for Schools compare to other school books?
Our Workbooks are in line with the required statutory standards in schooling. Our writers and editors used Bloom’s taxonomy to structure Workbook content, curriculum learning objectives, assessments and activities.
The national curriculum was continuously consulted, with particular focus on Citizenship, PSHCE, Religious Studies, and other subject areas which help develop the moral and social aspects of a student’s learning experience. Our team has worked hard to ensure that all the content is true to the teachings of Islam, while at the same time taking note of the growing challenges offered by statutory and cultural trends affecting the Muslim community living in the West.