SamreenCommunity Learning

Samreen Razaq, Head of Faculty

Why did you join BAES?

In 2019 I joined BAES as a Family Learning Tutor. Previously I had teaching and management experience in the FE sector, Secondary and Primary education, Nursery Management, Early Years and SEND. Thus, the role allowed me to utilise the skill set which my unique employment experience afforded me.

Tell us about your day - hours you work, who are your direct reports

My usual working day starts at 8.30 and finishes at 4.30. I have a busy schedule comprising of internal and external meetings. Wednesdays are dedicated to SLT meetings which are invaluable in steering the core values and vision of the service.

I report to Ilgun Yusuf, the Principal of BAES who I also meet with regularly for support within my role.  

How has BAES supported your career development?

BAES is an incredibly supportive service and the various opportunities for career development enabled me to progress as a Subject Leader, a Programme Manager and eventually a Senior Leader in BAES.

What values in the workplace are important to you?

I am passionate about Community Learning and the impact it has on residents to empower them to progress and flourish in their communities. The work I do in the Community Learning Faculty and BAES is underpinned by a drive for a quality, learner centered service, which is delivered with integrity, accountability, professionalism and a zest for creativity, innovation and growth.    

What's the best thing about working at BAES in Birmingham City Council?

The best thing about working at BAES is the people! During my experience at BAES so far, I have been fortunate to work with skilled and experienced staff members who have imparted a wealth of knowledge, which has contributed immensely to my personal and professional development. There is also a focus on continuous improvement in all areas of the service, which means that BAES gets better every year!    

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