Ramadan: Tests, 2021

6 April 2021

ASCL has previously worked with imams, Islamic scholars, experts, Muslim chaplains in the education sector and education to develop an information paper for school and college leaders, and ASCL has now updated the paper for 2021. It is designed to help initiate discussions with Muslim students and families on how best they can fulfil their Islamic obligations during Ramadan, including the obligation to perform well in any tests.
In 2021, grades will be based on a teacher assessment, using a range of assessment evidence up until 18 June. Schools and colleges assessment of students may therefore fall during Ramadan. Ramadan is expected to begin around 12 or 13 April, and the last day of Ramadan will be 11 or 12 May. This year, the Eid al-Fitr holiday will be observed on 12 or 13 May.

The intention of this paper is to provide information and practical advice for schools and colleges; neither the endorsers nor ASCL endorse any particular interpretation of Islamic law or practice. This paper may be used as a positive opportunity to engage with students, enabling them to make decisions for themselves.

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