Madrasah is an Arabic word which means ‘school’. However, in this handbook a madrasah means an Islamic religious school.
Today in the UK, the traditional madrasah classes are normally held during weekday evenings or on the weekends. In many madrasahs there is no formal curriculum, or just a basic one and children of different age groups are often taught together. Teachers often just have a simple qualification, for example they have graduated from a madrasah, or they are the Imam (religious leader) of the mosque. The students in this type of madrasah are also likely to be students who go to mainstream state schools.