Noor Jehan Dhanani was a School Improvement Advisor in Hackney and Greenwich and has worked in London in primary schools providing support to headteachers during Ofsted visits. She successfully turned the schools around and got through Ofsted with Good or Excellent results.
Noor Jehan was Head of Education at Melanie Klein House, a Community Home. She was responsible for the education of adolescent girls sent to the residential place by local authorities and the Home Office.
With a team of teachers, social workers and educational psychologists we planned individual educational plans and inclusive education from mainstream curriculum, setting links with local schools. We had a secure unit to support the girls through their difficulties and behavioural problems. Successfully, we helped the pupils to sit school leaving exams.
As a governor of a school in Islington, Canonbury Primary School, Noor Jehan chaired the Curriculum Committee with responsibility for special needs. She worked in partnership with the Leadership Team to raise standards of attainment and achievement, quality of teaching and learning, target setting, SEP Team & SIP.
Noor Jehan is chair of an education trust, ITA Public Trust UK. The Trust adopts schools in Pakistan with the state system running a 3 year programme for school improvement programmes and leadership training. She has been accompanied by colleagues from the UK running workshops, as an educationalist she has organised workshops in Pakistan, sharing curriculum initiatives, leadership and management, assessments and quality of teaching and learning.
In 2007 Noor Jehan attended a meeting held by Mosaic, a mentoring initiative. She joined in at the East London team mentoring young individuals, helping with interviewing techniques, to gain admissions to universities. She joined the Primary School programme, at Manorfield, as a Lead Mentor working with mothers and daughters. She has been a mentor across East London, Slough and Woking. She is a Primary School Member of the Educationlists’ Panel.