Lecturer at The University of Manchester
Strategic leader and director in education and organisation transformation with expertise in initial teacher training. Researcher in Safeguarding and in Science Education. Campaigner for quality youth provision and Sex and Relationship Education. Community activist. Believer in positive change through a critical perspective. Currently researching policy and practice in safeguarding relating to radicalisation, gangs and CSE. Zahra has a proven ability to share and embed vision, ethos and capacity across a complex organisation: motivating others, driving-up quality, developing, leading and managing programmes, engaging and sustaining partnerships and stakeholder engagement. Reflective, goal-orientated, solution-focused, creative with a thorough up-to-date expertise in effective curriculum development for Secondary schools and initial teacher training, pedagogy, practice and assessment, specifically physics, science, sex and relationship education and diversity, and in initial and continuing teacher education and training, driven to achieve the best for all learners and stakeholders. Recent publications: Alijah, Z and Chantler, K (2015) Forced Marriage Is a Child Protection Matter In Humphreys, C and Stanley, N (eds) Domestic Violence and Protecting Children London: Jessica Kingsley Alijah, Z, Choudry, S, Howes, A (In pres) Towards ‘connectionist’ science education - mapping teachers’ positions in relation to science education, science and young people’s everyday lives, ESERA 2015, Helsinki
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