Saima teaches across the BA (Hon) Children Schools and Families (CSF), her teaching expertise is in the domains of developmental psychology, trauma and approaches to understanding trauma and researching with children and families. Saima also supervises undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. Saima is also a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Saima's research interest of trauma informed practices in schools informs her teaching delivery on the CSF programme, in year one she leads and delivers the lifespan development, the module themes are strongly focused on children's development, life course implications and therapeutic interventions. On year two of the CSF programme Saima delivers a module focused on researching with children, the teaching content specifically evaluated the position of children in research whilst developing crucial literature reviewing skills ahead of year three dissertation writing. In year three of the CSF Saima leads and delivers a trauma themed module where developmental theories and models of interventions are examined through a professional practice lens.
Saima's professional role with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) began in 2006 at the UCLan partner college institute in Burnley. Saima commenced teaching on the UCLan undergraduate BA (Hons) Education and Professional Studies programme teaching and course leadership on the Foundation Degree in Children Young People and their Services.
Saima has worked in primary schools where her role was to work with children and families ranging from refugee families to children in need of interventions due to the impact of their past traumas and children who found difficulty in engaging in school to the barriers of language and cultural changes. Her undergrad combined honours in Psychology and Early Years of Children and experience of primary schools informs her current research interest of he correlation between children's developmental and their behavioural outcomes; social, emotional, cognitive and the position schools as key agents in practicing trauma informed pedagogies with children and families.
- BA (Hons) Psychology and Early Childhood 2005
- PGCE Further Education 2008
- MEd Education University of Central Lancashire 2012
Saima is currently conducting research into trauma related behaviours of children to understand the influence of their psychosocial environments. Saima is interested in the correlation between childrens developmental and their behavioural outcomes; social, emotional, cognitive, neurological development and crucially the position schools as key agents in practicing trauma informed pedagogies with children and families.
Saima's current project will investigate primary school teaching staff’s narratives detailing their pedagogical journey towards implementing trauma informed practices to determine the quintessential domains required for practicing trauma informed care with young children. An anticipated outcome is to also identify implications for implementing trauma teaching. Saima's research aims to provide support for teachers working in pressured environments through devising a model to support implementation of trauma informed pedagogical practices and whole school cultural changes required.
- The University of Central Lancashire- Centre for Children and Young People's Participation.