Sameena has worked in a range of roles throughout her career in education. These have ranged from starting her career initially as a teacher then working as a Lecturer. She has worked as a PGCE course tutor at Sheffield Hallam University and has regularly provided training for BEd and PGCE students at the University of Sheffield. Whilst work working as a senior leader in schools in Sheffield, she also worked as an examiner and question setter for both GCSEs and A’Levels. Sameena has considerable experience of working as a cross-phase teacher adviser in Sheffield, progressing to a Head of Service role in North Lincolnshire and then Senior Adviser for Closing the Gaps for Leeds Local Authority. She then co-founded her own successful educational consultancy Equitable Education www.equitableeducation.co.uk with a focus on closing the attainment gaps which she ran for over five years. Her particular specialism is looking at intersectionality, with a focus on how two or more characteristics (social class, ethnicity, English as an additional language, gender and special educational needs and disabilities) come together to impact on learning outcomes for children and young people. She has a long and proven track record of closing the attainment gaps and significantly improving outcomes in schools she has worked with. Earlier this year she took up role as a Senior Learning Standards and Effectiveness Officer with Doncaster Local Authority.
Sameena has also been a member of the NQT appeals panel for the DfE and been an advisory member for a number of national organisations such as CILT. Sameena has been an accredited Ofsted inspector since 2003. She has written a number of articles, chapters in books and is regularly invited to speak at national high profile educational events. She has recently been commissioned to write a book on closing the gaps. She is also the co-founder of #WomenEd www.womened.org an international grassroots network of over 25k members connecting existing and aspiring women leaders in education.