Dr Saima
Rana

PGCE, BA, MSc, PhD - Principal of Westminster Academy

Dr Saima Rana is Principal of Westminster Academy, serving one of the most deprived areas in

the country where 41% of children are in poverty. 53% of Westminster Academy students have

‘ever’ been eligible for free school meals, 61% of students are pupil premium and 85% of students

speak English as an additional language. 37% of students have SEND. With a background in

school improvement in inner-city schools, and a PhD in IT in Education, Dr Rana has worked in

inner-city London schools with high depreciation indicators throughout her career to combine

traditional school improvement techniques with a commitment to collaboration between the local

community and businesses in order to accelerate regeneration and standards.

 

Dr Rana worked for six years as a senior educational consultant for Cambridge Education Islington

as a leading schools improvement consultant with particular focus on Teaching and Learning,

Raising Standards, ICT, AfL, Curriculum, Change Management and Building Schools for Future.

 

Dr Rana specialises in Secondary School Educational Policy, ICT, Globalisation, the Knowledge

and Digital Economy. She was an ICT Mark Assessor and examiner for NAACE and was on the

working party developing the original Becta/Ofsted ICT Mark and Assessment for Learning reform

group. She has presented academic papers on Policy, ICT, Globalisation and Secondary

Education at the Institute of Education, London, Trinity College, Dublin, The Knowledge Lab,

London as well as at International conferences in both Europe and the USA. Dr Rana is also a

member of the following boards: The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA),

International Baccalaureate Schools and Colleges Association (ISBCA), Paddington Development

Trust (PDT) and the Mosaic Community Trust.

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