16 October 2020

Fabiha Syeda, a first-year student at the University of East London, transformed her grades by putting her words into action and staying focused on her goal of becoming a primary school teacher.

Fabiha, 18, from Plaistow, has now embarked on the BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS degree at the University's School of Education and Communities after disappointing GCSE results fuelled her determination to succeed.

According to Fabiha, who proceeded to achieve a Triple Distinction in Level 3 Health & Social Care at Newham Sixth Form College, to achieve top results in any exam it is imperative to put words into action.

"I've had a rough path with education, starting from primary, all the way to secondary and even with college at times. I remember my GCSE results day; it was raining and the results I got back were expected but I was still disappointed in myself. I did manage to pass most of my subjects, but barely," she recalled.  

"I could tell my parents were expecting higher results as they were silent, and I couldn't answer my friends who were excited to ask about everyone's results; instead I hid away at home."

That was the day Fabiha promised her mother she would try to achieve better results at college.

By becoming more organised with the help of daily reflections, I kept going, handing in my assignments on time and making sure to always focus on the feedback instead of ignoring it,"

Fabiha Syeda, UEL primary education student, said.

After attending the UEL Open Day to learn more about the Primary Education with QTS degree, which enables students to gain a BA (Hons) degree and Qualified Teacher Status in only three years, Fabiha was impressed with the teaching staff, the high graduate employability and the opportunity to train as a future educator close to home.

Fabiha said she is looking forward to "the chance to explore the challenges teachers face at primary schools, from planning lessons and marking to class behaviour, and gain experience of teaching during my placement."

Her future goals are to become a successful primary school teacher and later progress to head of year and study an International Postgraduate Certificate in Education (iPGCE) to teach in other countries.

Yvonne Bentley, Head of Outreach and Access, University of East London, said Fabiha's education journey and her plan to become an educator of the future is inspiring for other young people.

Fabiha's relentless drive to succeed and study at UEL a powerful testament of the impact of the team's work in enabling people in the local community to succeed, she said.

 "We collaborate with primary schools, secondary schools, sixth forms and colleges, including Newham Sixth Form College, to support young people to achieve their full potential in terms of their future education and career choices, enabling them to succeed."

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