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Claire Birkenshaw

Claire Birkenshaw

Claire began her secondary school teaching in 1991 after graduating from Hull University with a degree in geography and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She taught in a number of secondary schools across the city of Hull during a 26-year period culminating in the role of principal at an Alternative Provision Academy.

Claire left her principal post in June 2017 and is now a lecturer at Leeds Beckett University where she contributes to the ‘Childhood Studies’ undergraduate course. She lectures on various aspects of childhood but is particularly concerned with LGBTQ+ inclusion in education and mental health and wellbeing. To further improve LGBTQ+ inclusion Claire has used her knowledge and experience to interact with, across various sectors, numerous organisations both nationally and internationally. Claire has been a school governor, a trustee of a LGBTQ+ youth charity and is currently an advisory panel member for the Centre for LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Education at the Carnegie School of Education (Leeds Beckett University). Finally, she is an associate of ‘Independent Thinking’, a patron for ‘Think2Speak’, and is contracted to write a book with Professor Jonathan Glazzard on LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Schools