• The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School
  • Arden Primary School
  • Silver Winners
  • 2023
  • Birmingham, West Midlands

Mia is an outstanding teacher who goes above and beyond her roles as Reception Teacher, Art Lead and member of Arden’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Team. Colleagues and the wider community admire her innovation and infectious enthusiasm.  

Her love of reading and the English language is prevalent in the classroom; the displays and reading area draw the attention of even the most book-shy individual. Children here are predominantly from families where English is not their home language. Mia ensures that they mirror her clear articulation in how they speak and write. 

Mia took it upon herself to create a permanent domestic role-play area in her classroom to help pupils build connections to their own interests. She even extended it to create a library, empowering her them to recognise reading as part of family life. 

She has transformed the Art curriculum, and no child ever gets left behind in their learning and holistic development. She organises educational visits to the theatre and the zoo and works regularly with creative specialists to increase their engagement in the arts.