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Claire Parkin

Senior Lecturer

Claire is a lecturer in primary religious education and began working at St Mary’s in 2012. Prior to this she worked as a primary school teacher within Richmond and Hounslow and also has experience working as a teacher to young adults with emotional and behavioural difficulties in further education. During her time teaching within the primary school setting, Claire frequently ran in-service educational training (INSET) sessions for staff on PSHE and provision for gifted and talented learners across the primary curriculum.

These continue to be strong areas of interest. She now runs CPD courses for teachers across London in religious education as well as lecturing across the BA in Education, PGCE and Work Based Route in teaching programmes at St Mary’s.

A member of St Mary’s alumni, Claire studied at St Mary’s for her BA (Hons) degree in English, Religious Education and Theology and then later for a PGCE in Primary Education. She has a post graduate certificate in PSHE from Roehampton University and leadership qualification with the National College for School Leadership. In 2013, Claire completed the post graduate certificate in higher education (PGCHE) and is now a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Claire has a Master's degree in Academic Practice within Higher Education. Her dissertation focused on investigating how first year undergraduate trainee teachers regard themselves as learners. Her research interests include studying the impact of emotional intelligence upon learning and achievement; primary religious education and collective worship.

Claire is a member of the executive committee for AULRE (Association of University Lecturers in Religion and Education).