Diversity is the key to knowledge and development
At Ihsan, every single aspect of our curriculum and school infrastructure promotes equality. As a multicultural and multilingual center, we treat all staff and students equally, and we place great importance on educating our students to do the same.
Inside the classroom and out, students are expected to mix with each other for the purposes of educational activity, physical endeavor or social interaction.
We place a focus on cultural and social learning within our curriculum, so that students have the opportunity to learn the meaning of diversity and inclusion. Our goal is that students leave Ihsan embracing all cultures and backgrounds.
Ihsan’s curriculum is geared towards celebrating cultural diversity, and this is reflected in our student populous and our all-inclusive approach to recruitment and enrolment. Ihsan targets over 15 nationalities over student; this diversity within the classroom enriches the curriculum and allows students to learn from each other and celebrate a range of cultures and backgrounds.
We promote tolerance and equality both inside the classroom and out, and the multicultural experiences that the students have at Ihsan stay with them for the rest of their lives.
We focus on using Turkish as a lingua franca in the school, so that students can fully integrate in Istanbul, but our study languages are Arabic and English, making the education almost as multicultural as the student body.
In addition to our broad student demographic, we also employ teachers of 10 different nationalities, each of whom is encouraged to share and celebrate their individual cultures. In this way, our students can learn from positive international role models, thereby developing a broader-minded approach to international education and culture.
Sex and Healthy Relationships Education
We recognize the importance of Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education for all young students, and one aspect of this is sex and relationships.
We teach sex education and offer counselling and advice for students in a safe, confidential environment.
The classes are run separately as tutor groups, and our staff are trained to create an environment where students feel safe and comfortable so that open, honest discussions can take place. We also spend time helping students to understand the definition of a healthy relationship built on mutual respect and trust.
We ensure that we cover the dangers of unhealthy relationships and the knock-on effect that this can have on a student’s education and overall life, and we teach our pupils to be positive role models for others, learning from the role models that we have provided for them in our teaching and social staff.
Disability Equality Scheme and Disability Accessibility
We have a robust disability equality and accessibility policy and we accept students with all disabilities. Within the school, we have 100% wheelchair access and lifts to every floor.
We also have several trained members of staff for students with special educational, physical or medical needs.
At Ihsan, the welfare of our students is paramount, and we have education and development in an inclusive environment at the heart of our operation. Our educational and infrastructural facilities are second to none in the provision we offer to students with special needs and we are constantly reviewing and updating our processes.
As part of our commitment to the community, we run regular workshops focusing on Turkish culture, integration and community.
We focus on social norms, expectations, history, cultural development and dealing with everyday social situations.
We have a purpose-built auditorium within our school building, which we use for assemblies, meetings, performances and public events. Our theatre seats 600 and has world class audiovisual facilities; as a result, we regularly invite guest speakers to speak to our students on a range of topics.
Our start and end of year events are held within the auditorium, and we also use the space for community engagement, with a range of talks through the year that are accessible to people from within and outside Ihsan.
Arabic for Non-Arabic Speaking
For students who don’t speak Arabic, we have an L2 Arabic curriculum in place. The curriculum centers on two main goals: To provide students with the necessary linguistic skills to communicate successfully in an Arabic-speaking environment, and to help students cope with Arabic being used as the main language for some of our subjects at Ihsan, We provide for those who do not speak Arabic, such as History, Geography and Linguistics.
We focus on typical classroom interaction, the language of learning and basic communication, grammar and speaking skills, with leveled classes from beginners up to a sufficient level of advancement for students to be able to integrate into Arabic-language core classes.