Claire Birkenshaw

Claire Birkenshaw

I began my Secondary school teaching in 1991 after graduating from Hull University with a degree in Geography and a postgraduate Certificate in Education. I have taught in a number of Secondary schools across the city of Hull during my 26-year teaching career, culminating in the role of principal at an Alternative Provision Academy. In September 2015, I began my transition and am recognised by the TES as the first known headteacher (principal) in the UK to transition in-post.

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I wasn’t quite sure what to make of the Daily Mirror’s front page headline grabbing declaration which stated very boldly ’50 kids a week sent to Sex Change clinics’ with a subheading ‘Record number of referrals as parents seek help for children as young as four’ (23rd October 2017). It certainly wasn’t the most sensitive headline, but it did highlight the fact young people are accessing the Gender Identity Development Service in increasing numbers.

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