Mia Bano – Early Childhood Education and Care
PGCE School Direct
Primary Teacher, Arden Primary School
Mia graduated from her undergraduate degree with a first class honours in 2016 before progressing to begin her PGCE School Direct in the same year.
During her time at Newman Mia explains she was able to embrace the diversity of inclusivity nurtured at Newman, “It felt refreshing to be able to meet with many lecturers and students, of all different backgrounds, who exchanged ideas and offered me a lens to see through their life experiences.”
These experiences have since inspired Mia to promote a similar culture within her own classroom.
Mia is now in her fourth year of teaching working at Arden Primary School and has responsibility for leading Art and Design, Design and Technology and also overseeing the wider area of the curriculum.
“I love to celebrate creativity and have shared my background in cake art with children. This has resulted in me teaching sugar craft to a small group of children to receive an accreditation in Arts Award Discover.”
Mia adds that staff at Newman are warm, empathetic and approachable and she was able to reach out to them whenever she needed to, summing up Newman as “a University which contributed to the making of me.”
Mia has already had great success in her teaching career as she was shortlisted for the TES Teacher of the Year Award and has participated in the Department for Education’s campaign by sharing her story to inspire the next generation. As well as this, Mia has contributed to Sarah Mullin’s (also a former Newman student) book ‘Chronicles from the Classroom’.
Mia hopes that in the future she is able to write her own diverse picture book so that school children can see themselves reflected in what they read.
“It feels liberating stepping into my classroom and contribute to a profession which endeavours to keep the passion for learning brightly in the hearts of our future generation. The moments that I have experienced in the classroom have defined me as the teacher I am today.”