Tutor Award

Sabeena Shah

2017 National Winner

Growing up, Sabeena was not encouraged to study, let alone think about teaching. When she graduated with a Law degree in 2011, she decided she wanted to teach students who may have faced similar challenges.

Sabeena manages and teaches the Access to Law Level 3 qualification at Barking and Dagenham College. Working in an area with a high index of multiple deprivation, where there is little aspiration to enter the higher skilled workforce, Sabeena explores new ways to make students realise that they ‘can do it’.

Sabeena teaches students with various backgrounds and personal circumstances, spending much of her own time providing additional support to them. Her students respond to her positivity and encouragement, finally believing they have the ability to enjoy successful careers.

During classes, Sabeena organises visits to the Garden Inn Chambers, regular guest speakers to the college, and the students’ first ever moot. She also takes them to her legal clinic that she founded two years ago.

The clinic is run by students who have received intensive training by QC Barristers. It is free for the local residents and gives students the chance to learn skills required in real-life client situations.

All of Sabeena’s students pass her course and progress onto university to do their Law degree.

“Sabeena has given me the opportunity and encouragement to, for the first time in over a decade, consider the fact that I have the ability to have a bright and prosperous future” said her student and nominator Sivageni.