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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
January 09, 2020

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Zahra Muhidin

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Dear Sir/Madam

I completed my PGCE with half Masters accreditation in Special Educational Needs (SEN) at Goldsmiths University of London after graduating with a 2.1 from studying a BA in Education Studies. As a mainstream and SEN teacher with 5 years of experience in the UK and Middle Eastern school setting, I feel I would be well-suited for the role of Classroom Teacher at your school.

The nature of my work in education has prepared me for this position. My interest in improving student's reading levels stimulated me to lead a project on Fluency. My role here was to help students better practice becoming readers who possess skills such as rate, accuracy and expression. As part of this, I had to liaise with the grade level teachers, meaning that I have developed skills in leadership and critical thinking. I faced some challenges along the way, such as getting all team members on-board with my idea on how to improve and overcame them by showing team members the benefits of improving students fluency. The impact of the project overall was successful and was measured by students MAP results.

In addition, I have successfully employed a growth mind set approach when teaching and found that this led to many positive student outcomes, such as displaying a different attitude towards challenging tasks. A key part of my career is helping students reach their potential, which I work towards by focusing on students' needs when teaching.

As shown by my experience in schools, I am enthusiastic about education and always strive to do the best for my students. I am able to take on responsibility for learning and have experience of successfully managing a class. I also have the enthusiasm and determination to ensure that I make a success of this role.

Thank you for taking the time to consider this application and I look forward to hearing from you in future.

Yours Faithfully,

Zahra Muhidin

Zahra Muhidin

Al Qala'a Street, Ar Rabi', Exit 5, Riyadh



I am a British national and was educated in the UK. I have been raised to value education as a key pillar of the future of our society. I am an IB and Kagan trained teacher and enjoy involving technology in every aspect of my lessons. Having worked in both private and government schools, in both deprived and affluent areas of the UK and the Middle East, I am a flexible and responsible team player who is able to adapt to her environment. I also have excellent communication and time management skills. I am an empathetic, passionate and motivated individual. I am committed to my own training and professional development and I look forward to life’s challenges and rewards as well as making a difference to the lives of children in any and all situations. "Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave" Old Arabic Proverb.


B.A. Hons. Education Studies September 2009 – June 2012

University of East London

The first year modules included Communities Learning and Education, Sociology of Education, Diasporas, Introduction to Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Education and Critical reading and Writing.

Course modules in my second year included Professional Development, the Sociology of the Family, E-Media in Education, Multicultural Education, Children’s Reading and Writing and Research Development. In my third year, I completed E-Learning; Developing Communication, Co-operation and Collaboration online, Education for Social Change, Multilingual Learners in Primary Classrooms, Educational Issues and Special Educational Needs. I thoroughly enjoyed completing my final year dissertation which looked at Parental Academic Involvement within the Somali community. I got a first class for this research.

PGCE+ 1/2 Masters Accreditation in Special Educational Needs September 2012-July 2013

Goldsmiths College, University of London

BA Education Studies September 2009-July 2012

A-Level September 2007 – July 2009

Mayfield Sixth Form, Dagenham, Essex

A Level: AS Level:

Psychology: Health and Social Care:



Business Studies:

GCSEs: 11 GCSEs all A – C including Maths, English and Science September 2002 – July 2007

Mayfield High School, Dagenham, Essex


Lead Teacher at Misk Schools 1/8/2019-Present

I am currently working as a First Grade teacher and my role is to offer a holistic learning environment, integrating technology to foster students’ curiosity, creativity through the use of project-based and experiential learning to equip young minds with the necessary cognitive, academic and social skills to succeed in everyday life.

Homeroom Teacher at Kingdom Schools, Riyadh 1/09/2015-6/6/2018

I was working as a First Grade teacher and I was also an IT mentor who was part of developing the Teacher Toolkit of programmes that are used across grade levels and curriculum areas. iPad applications include Raz-Kids, Mathletics, PhotoGrid, Kahoot and many more. I am in charge of planning interactive and engaging English lessons in my department and I have also had the privilege of running the Master Chef and Science afterschool clubs. I have also completed various Professional Development courses lead by the British Council and Kingdom Schools.

Teacher at The Sydney Russell School: Primary 03/10/2014- 24/7/2015

I worked as a Year 1 Teacher dealing with children from various backgrounds whereby the vast majority had English as an Additional Language. I was also in charge of running the Arts and Crafts and PE afterschool clubs. It was a new school founded by my local borough and it was an honour being a part of the opening of this school.

SEN Teacher- Kuwait National English School 25/08/2013- 19/06/2014

Over a period of 10 months I worked as a Special Needs Teacher dealing with various needs and abilities.

Private Tutor 25/09/2009 – 01/08/2013

Over a period of three years I had a total of 12 children. I worked with different families on a weekly one to one basis teaching Maths, English and Arabic. I also taught Islamic Studies to small groups of primary aged children.

Tutor Assistant 03/10/2009 – 31/08/2012

The Student Centre, Ilford, Essex

I learned how to work sensitively with the senior teachers and I also took on my own independent responsibilities. I was able to help struggling students who needed the confidence to complete their work.

The British Heart Foundation 26/02/2010 - 26/03/2010

I worked on the till. Having excellent communication skills was essential when speaking to customers and my multilingual background allowed me to better serve members of my community who had English as their second language

St. Joseph Rest Home 01/02/2010 – 09/02/2010

My roles also included feeding and caring for the residents. Empathy was needed when talking to residents.

Clarks (Marble Arch) 22/10/2010 – 3/01/2011

From selling shoes, handbags and even shoe care products to building customer rapport, unpacking stock and even arranging shoe displays. I had targets which I never failed to reach and often exceeded.

Headstart Montessori 12/01/2009 - 02/02/2009

Looking after children, interacting and encouraging them to play educational games to stimulate their development. The children ranged from 18 months to 7 years.

Fundraising 20/02/2010 – 24/10/2010

Islamic relief - Fundraising for the Pakistan flood by doing bucket collections, selling water bottles and raising awareness of ways in which the community can donate to help those in need.

Marie Curie Cancer Care and Teenage Cancer Trust 13/03/2010

London Air ambulance 20/02/2010

Teaching Assistant 18 – 19/01/2010

Dersingham Infant School

I was involved in helping pupils who needed extra support to complete tasks, individually and in groups. Listening to pupils read, reading to them, or telling them stories. This was also my first opportunity I had with planning a lesson which I thoroughly enjoyed.


Making the PYP happen- Implementing Agency- August 2019

Approaches to learning-August 2019

Using Literacy Centers Inside The Classroom-August 2018

Balanced Literacy- January 2018

How Growth Mindset Can Lead to Student Success-December 2018

British Council (Reading): January 2018

British Council: The Student Centred Classroom: January 2017

Technology in the classroom- February 2016

Digital Citizenship- October 2015

Kagan-August 2016

Appointed Person First Aid Course plus Minor Injuries First Aid – July 2010

CLAIT Computer Skills Course (With Word & Excel) – August 2010

Young Enterprise (Business) – September 2009

Henna Art – October 2010

Go Karting – August 2010

Child Protection-May 2011


I enjoy learning about different cultures and this is where my passion for cooking intercontinental meals comes from and I often upload my videos on social media. I thoroughly enjoy travelling and having recently travelled to the beautiful paradise islands of the Maldives, I have developed a love for water sports. I am an avid reader and I enjoy passing on the love of reading to my students. Henna art design allows me to be creative with my hands and I completed a course in henna art design which I thoroughly enjoyed.


Una Coyne Michelle Bell Rawan Atal

University Lecture Assistant Principal Vice Principal

Goldsmiths University Misk Schools. Kingdom Schools

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