Mr Ibrahim Lawson is the newly appointed Director of Ebrahim College. He has been working in education since 1982, first as a teacher of English as a foreign language, then a volunteer in the local mosque school project. After graduating from Cambridge as an RE teacher in 1990, he spent several years as a class teacher and head of department in a large inner-city comprehensive school. He also worked for three years as a schools’ advisor and teacher trainer for Section IX, the ethnic minority provision.
Following 3 years as the head teacher of an independent Islamic school in Nottingham, Mr Lawson worked for the National College for School Leadership as a researcher. He moved to London to help set up Ebrahim College in 2003 and became the Director of National Qualifications from 2003-2005. He has also been teaching philosophy at the College from that time to date.
After a year in the UAE as the Principal of a large Islamic school, he returned to London in 2006 to become the Head Teacher of Al Risalah School in South London. In 2010, Mr Lawson left Al Risalah to work on a PhD in the philosophy of Islamic education; he has continued to work at Ebrahim College in a variety of roles since then.
Throughout the last 30 years, Mr Lawson has been active in Islamic community affairs, run supplementary schools and summer schools, and contributed to community publications. He has also participated in Islamic radio and television stations and appeared on mainstream channels including Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. In addition to his work in school leadership, he served on the Shura Council of the Association of Muslim Schools from 1996 – 2006 and was a member of the Al Nida Headteachers’ Forum. He worked for two years as an Ofsted Inspector of independent schools and is also the founder of the Centre for Research and Evaluation in Muslim Education at the Institute of Education, University College London.