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Claire has been the Executive Principal of Inspire Learning Partnership (formerly The Inspire Learning Federation) since October 2014; prior to that she was the Executive Headteacher of Blackfield Primary and Fawley Infant Federation. She moved to the Federation in September 2008 after holding the Headteacher role at a small village primary school in the New Forest.


She holds an MA(Ed) and more recently was appointed as a founding fellow to the Chartered College of Teaching, recognition of her total commitment to the profession over the past 25+ years. Through her fellowship she will bring :

Insight into the current state of the profession of how learning and teaching works in a school/MAT;


Passion for improving the retention of teachers and for securing their continued development.


Her deeply rooted values of innovation, nurture, passion, integrity, responsibility and excellence to make Learning Irresistible for all learners young and old are borne out in the work that she carries out with schools and the teams that make them magical places to learn and work.


She has encouraged and developed a culture of deep reflection across the Trust and all staff are encouraged to be leaders of learning in their classrooms. She has a passion for growing leaders and has had success in several schools in developing teachers from NQTs to senior leadership through a mix of coaching, structured development plans and school to school support. She has held an LLE role supporting the leadership teams of several schools across the primary phase and also has been seconded to schools to act as an Interim Headteacher.


She believes passionately that all children should receive the best education possible and works with Trust staff to ensure that every child achieves or exceeds their goals. This, coupled with her commitment to working with a wide range of partners and networks to improve outcomes for pupils, ensures that the children in her Trust are afforded the best possible opportunities to succeed.


Claire is an ambassador for Women Leading in Education and #WomendEd, championing women who seek to develop their careers in education. She takes an active role in regional conferences and encourages visits to all the academies within Trust to showcase the learning that is taking place on a daily basis.