Claire recently returned from Thailand after a four-year period teaching at an international school in Bangkok where she was the Head of Learning Support, SENDCo and DDSL. She is passionate in her belief that the emotional wellbeing of young people is of paramount importance if they are to be the best that they can be. Claire has a broad spectrum of experience resulting from extensive educational practice in both mainstream primary schools and specialist provision gained over the last 23 years. She has been a senior leader in both the EYFS and Primary teaching phases but has always maintained her classroom practice, supporting the children to be the best they can be.
Claire will be one of our tutors for The School Mental Health Specialist (a new, masters’ level school employed mental health role which will start in September 2021) drawing on her expertise and experience from working in education and in addition to using her coaching skills developed from her experience working within ITT. Claire has worked in higher education as an ITT mentor and later became the programme lead for the ITT School Direct programme. She taught on both the under and post graduate teacher professional development programmes. Utilising her coaching skills, she supported the wellbeing of the students on placement and championed the teachers acting as mentors. As a teacher governor she led on the beginning of a project to create a happier, healthier workplace by developing a wellbeing strategy for the school.
She is a very proud Auntie to her nephews in Australia and God Mother to four children in the UK. She enjoys attending the cinema, concerts, and the theatre – and once flew to Singapore for the day to see Aladdin on stage! Claire engages in regular yoga and mindfulness sessions which really help her to maintain a balanced sense of wellbeing and she is a trained mindfulness teacher. Her passion for young people’s wellbeing led her to begin her second MA – the MA in School Leadership of Mental Health and Wellbeing through Minds Ahead and Leeds Beckett University – which will be finished in August 2021. Claire now lives in the UK with her partner whom she met on a steam train in Lancashire during one of her trips back to the UK. It would seem it is now full steam ahead as she acclimatises to living back in the UK and starting her new role with Minds Ahead.