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Ms Iram Sammar
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  • Student
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education
I am a Qualified Geography teacher with Secondary PGCE/QTS (2007), Masters in Geography Education and substantial experience of teaching in British secondary and primary schools - primarily in London. I have been working as an examiner for the AQA GCSE exam board since 2014, which has enhanced my knowledge of teaching the geography curriculum at secondary level. I was awarded the 2017 AQA Award for services to examining. With the added achievement of 2:1 BA degree in Geography at Queen Mary and Westfield (University of London) I have developed a strong understanding of the discipline of human geography and have demonstrable knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative research skills. The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) have awarded me an OS award for ‘developing an outstanding reputation in geography education at the national level for her advancement of pedagogical practices underpinned by an ethos to cultivate a passion for geography amongst students irrespective of their background.’ 
Research Summary
My PhD research commenced in September 2021, which is directed towards pedagogical understanding of ‘anti-racist’ geography education through an investigating of how race and racism is taught in English school geography. It is a full time endeavour; an extension of my MA in Geography Education dissertation titled: Perceptions of Global Citizenship: To what Extent is this Geography in Disguise? As I embark on new innovative ways of teaching and learning geography in the classroom, my interest in decoloniality, postcolonial studies and Islamic history and philosophy have grown. Throughout my preferred academic trajectory positionality, identity and reflexivity are key themes that determine the outcome of any research I engage in. 
Teaching Summary
Teaching and learning has been an integral part of my working career, which began to take shape in 2003 with Oxford University, Education Department. Here I was able to experience teaching geography in two mixed comprehensive schools - although I officially gained a PGCE/QTS in 2007 at the Institute of Education.

Upon completion of my qualification I worked in mainly secondary schools in London. I have had the privilege to work in state, comprehensive, faith/Independent schools and academy schools - all bringing with them a unique teaching experience. My interest in promoting diversity, inclusion, equality and equity in schools has been paramount to this experience. This experience in itself has encouraged me to explore diverse pedagogical approaches to engage classrooms and wider school communities/activities.

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