Shabeen collects community award

Shabeen Begum collects her Student of the Year award from Bradford College

A student who overcame dyslexia and confidence problems to land her dream job as a teaching assistant has been named Student of the Year.

Shabeen Begum had signed up numerous times for a course with Bradford College before finally gaining the courage to start.

Having now completed the one-year Level 2 course in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools she works as a teaching assistant at Westminster Primary Academy in Bradford.  

She was selected for the Student of the Year (community) Award for the Health and Social Care Department by her tutors at Bradford College as they were impressed by her dedication throughout the course, which she studied at Community Works Community Centre. 

Lecturer Anna Maskell-Taylor said: “She was a very hard-working student with a very positive attitude. Her confidence really grew through the year. 

“When she came to the induction session she told me she had applied for the course five times before and was accepted but she never started as she was very unconfident about her academic skills due to having dyslexia.

“However, week by week, with my support, she returned to class and finally completed it.

“She was on placement during that time and her practice was excellent.

“She worked in Westminster Academy as a lunchtime supervisor during the course and is now working part-time as teaching assistant, supporting reading.”

The honour came as a surprise to Shabeen.

“I'm shocked and amazed that someone like myself, who lacked confidence, has won this award,” she said.

“The support from the school and Anna made it possible for me to be standing here today.”

Anna and head of department Helen Denning travelled from Bradford College to Westminster Primary Academy to present the award to their star student. The principal and vice-principal of Westminster Academy, Nicky White and Lisa Woollard, were also in attendance.