Ofsted Chief Pays Tribute to the late Naz Bokhari OBE

On 31st March 2019,  Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, paid tribute to the late Naz Bokhari OBE, as a “real trailblazer” who “broke new ground, becoming the first British Muslim to become the headmaster of a British secondary school,” in a speech she gave at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Muslim Teacher’s Association (MAT).  Naz Bokhari OBE was President and founding member of the Muslim Teachers Association. 

The full speech can be read here.

City of London Interfaith Gathering and Iftar 2019

Naz Legacy Foundation, in partnership with St Paul’s Cathedral and the City of London, organised an Interfaith Iftar hosted at St Paul’s Cathedral and Guildhall on Tuesday 7th May 2019. Speakers included the Bishop of London, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth spoke at Guildhall.  Over 100 young people attended the Interfaith Gathering at St Paul’s Cathedral before the Bishop of London led a peace walk to Guildhall for the Iftar dinner.

For more information and video highlights of the event, please click here.

Interfaith Iftars Longitudinal Evaluation

For three-years running, The Naz Legacy Foundation in partnership with The Randeree Charitable Foundation and Pears Foundation, have presented an annual Interfaith event, centred around an Iftar. Over one hundred young Londoners from different faiths, or none, come together to discuss their faith and how to bring different communities in London together within a spirit of community, unity and public service. Each year this is held in a different religious location across London.

Summative evaluation was undertaken at these events. This provided immediate feedback on the impact and reception of the event. These evaluations demonstrated that the events were successful in enthusing and inspiring young people to want to pursue further social action and/or interfaith activity immediately following the Iftar event (on average 93% agreed or strongly agreed that they would like to take part in more social action projects).

This evaluation was undertaken two years, one year or six months after attending the Iftar depending on the year they attended. Some of the highlights from the report are:

-59% of the young people established new friendships or networks as a result of the Interfaith Iftar and stayed in contact with people that they had met at the event
-73% of the young people were able to transmit knowledge that they had learned at the Interfaith Iftar to others.
-64% of the young people were instrumental in encouraging other people to attend another Interfaith events.
-47% of the young people actively sought out ways to engage people from other faiths in further action or networks following the event.
-Developed new friends between Muslims and Jews – Muslim female attendee, 2017 said: “I made my first Jewish friend at the iftar!”
-Muslim female attendee, 2018 said: “It broadened by perspective. I could see how much I have in common with those of other faiths. I have shared my experiences with other friends of my faith tradition which has helped to change their perceptions too I think”
-Jewish Female attendee, 2018 said: “the group I was in at the Iftar event created a social media group where we could all speak and invite one another to religious based community events and also just allows us to ask each other questions we may have about each other’s religions”
-Atheist Male attendee, 2017: “I met some very interesting people from all sorts of backgrounds which I have since stayed in touch with. Learning more or other people’s religion has given me more courage to stand up to those who share hateful messages due to ignorance lack of education in a correct non-confrontational way.”
-Male, no religion stated, attendee 2018: “In the long-term, the Interfaith Iftar has shown me the power of bringing communities together and by doing so how issues can be addressed”
The long-term impact of attending the Naz legacy Interfaith Iftar are attitudinal change, knowledge development and dissemination and demonstrable uptake of social action. The full report can be read here: Naz Legacy – Longitudinal Evaluation

Diversity Day: First Waves



The Foundation organised for 66 young people to visit the First Waves Exhibition that celebrates the introduction of the first Race Relations Act in UK Parliament 50 years ago. The exhibition looks at the impact the Act had on minority Community.

The young people then took part in a Q&A session with Nusrat Ghani MP (Minister for Transport) , Dawn Butler MP (Shadow Minister for Equality and Women) and Jo Swinson MP (Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats). The young people ended the day with a visit to the public gallery to witness democracy in action in the House of Commons and a visit to 10 Downing Street.


Pictures: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1996126823790136&type=1&l=589e0b3839

Suffragette City: Highlights and Impact

To commemorate 100 years of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, and 90 years since the Amendment of the Representation of the People Act that created equal suffrage between men and women, the Aziz Foundation, National Trust and The National Archives created an immersive experience entitled Suffragette City. Naz Legacy Foundation supported 60 school children from three schools to partake in the Suffragette City.

The Suffragette City experience for school groups comprised of a walking tour, a drama workshop and explored the role of BME hidden heroes in the Suffragette movement, such as Princess Sophia Duleep Singh. Further to the diversity day, the Foundation carried out an impact assessment and asked everyone involved how they found the day. Some of the highlights from the report are below:

· The schools that have taken part are situated in the top 10-40% most deprived areas in England.

· Approximately 85% of the pupils in attendance would not normally have access to these events

· 84% of the pupils had not previously heard of the suffragette campaigner Princess Singh and her role in the movement.

· 89% of the pupils who attended two or more of the events felt inspired to find out more about some of the issues and topics covered by the events. The same number felt that attending the events had increased their knowledge and understanding of the topics covered.

· 83% of the pupils felt confident that attending the events had increased their interest in history.

 One pupil commented:

“Attending these events made me rethink about my potential career choice in the future.  Events like these are extremely interesting I really enjoy them”

The full report can be read here:

NAZ Suffragette City 2018 Evaluation Report

St John’s Wood Synagogue 2018: Highlights and Impact

Naz Legacy Foundation organised an Interfaith Iftar hosted at the St John’s Wood Synagogue on Wednesday 30th May 2018. Speakers included Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Bishop of London and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. The event empowered and raised the aspirations of 150 young people aged 18-30 years old (the average age was 24), representing all 32 boroughs of London, from all faiths and none and provided wonderful opportunity to celebrate faith in the centre of our vibrant and diverse capital. The young people came together to discuss how they best thought they could bring faith and non faith communities together in London for the betterment of all our communities.

Further to the Interfaith Iftar, the Foundation carried out an impact assessment and asked everyone involved how they found the day. Some of the highlights from the report are below,

- 54% of the young people had never been to an iftar before

- 79% had never been to an interfaith iftar 

- 44% had never been to a synagogue.  

- 89% strongly agreeing/agreed the iftar was inspiring

- 79% strongly agreed/agreed that they had increased knowledge about other faiths as a direct result of the iftar 

- 86% felt positive that the event improved access to people from different faiths

- 94% of the young people felt positive about taking part in more social action projects with people from different faiths in result of the iftar 

- 88% felt confident that they would keep in touch with people that they had met at the Iftar. 

- Over 50% young people from faiths that they had not met before despite living in multi-cultural London.  This resulted in a 21%-point increase in the respondents’ knowledge of other faiths post-Iftar. 

- Overall 97% rated the Iftar as Good or Excellent.

The full report can be read here:

Naz Legacy – Interfaith Iftar 2018 Evaluaiton report

Archbishop’s House 2017- Highlights and Impact

The Interfaith Iftar brought together one hundred young Londoners (aged 16-30) from different faiths, or none, to discuss how to understand each other’s perspectives and how to bring communities in London together. Each group had the opportunity to discuss their ideas within an allocated cluster group before taking up their main ideas with three distinguished speakers: Cardinal Vincent Nichols; The Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, and Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

Further to the Interfaith Iftar, the Foundation carried out an impact assessment and asked everyone involved how they found the day. Some of the highlights from the report are below,

-  96% of the young attendee respondents agreed/ strongly agreed that they felt positive about the Interfaith Iftar experience.

- 90% of the young attendee respondents  agreed/strongly agreed that they were inspired by the event.

- 72% of the young attendee respondents  agreed/strongly agreed’ that they would keep in contact with the people that they had met at the Interfaith event (there was some evidence of attendees adding ‘friends’ to their snapchats, exchanging emails addresses or directing attendees to relevant web resources – such as the Mitzvah day.

The pre-Iftar evaluation revealed that 34% of the young attendees wanted to learn more about other faiths and wanted an opportunity to discuss their faiths with others.

- An increase of 33% in knowledge about other faiths (agree & strongly agree) was evidenced from pre- to post- evaluation.

- Pre-Iftar 57% felt confident that they were knowledgeable about faiths other than their own. This rose to 90% post-Iftar).

The full report can be read here:
Interfaith Iftar 2017 Evaluation Report copy

6th Annual Reception

Secretary of State for Education Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP awarded Sir Trevor Pears the Naz Legacy Foundation Honorary Education Fellowship 2018 at the 6th Anniversary Naz Legacy Foundation Reception 2018. The event, held at the prestigious No20, Mayfair, was hosted by KPMG Partner Siddiq Musa. The reception brought together over 100 leading educationalists, philanthropists, politicians and youth leaders to celebrate the legacy of the late Naz Bokhari, the first Asian / Muslim head teacher in the UK.


Naz Bokhari Award 2018 winner announced


Abdishakuur Yusuf has been announced as the 7th Naz Bokhari Award winner.

The Naz Bokhari Award is an annual award for students who achieve university acceptance despite adversity, who have to strive harder than others due to personal or social issues. This award will recognise resilience and perseverance, qualities that Naz had, and promoted.

We would like to congratulate Abdishakuur on graduating from Ernest Bevin College attaining a place at Imperial College London, studying Medicine.

Diversity Day National Archives


Students from Westminster Academy, London had an amazing experience at the The National Archives learning about the Princess Spy Noor Khan. An Indian born British agent, Khan was honoured for her bravery after being executed by the Gestapo in World War 2. The students were privileged to see original sources and genuine artefacts in relation to the Noor Khan and other notable BAME historical figures. A truly unique experience that everyone will remember for a long time.

Click here to see the picture from the day.