• The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School
  • Malmesbury Primary School
  • Silver Winners
  • 2023
  • Tower Hamlets, London

Year 6 teacher Kateryna has enriched the lives of the children and their families at this school. As English lead, she has raised the profile for reading and writing, often creating higher-than-average borough-wide and nationwide results.  

Her approach helps children fall in love with reading and writing. They are excited by the rich texts she chooses for the English units and are becoming more inspired in their writing, both in fiction and non-fiction. 

Working in an inner-city borough where English is not the first language is a challenging factor for an English lead, but Kateryna takes it all in her stride. She offers a weekly Reading Breakfast club outside her school time to encourage families to come in and read with their children over a free breakfast. She runs a hugely popular weekly reading assembly for each phase (Key Stage 1-Upper Key Stage 2) to promote the love of reading, and a special club for higher-achieving children to help broaden and deepen their understanding of English literature.