- September 26, 2018
- Posted by: server_2695wwt6
- Category: Ban the Box, Business plans, Justice, People Plus
Justice Tutor Scoops Two Prestigious Awards
We are pleased to congratulate our tutor Stephen Rogers from our justice division on winning the Prison Learning Alliance Outstanding Teacher of the Year and Prison Educator of the Year Awards 2018.
This year the PLA received a record 1300 nominations, over three times more than in 2017 for their fourth annual awards for staff and mentors making a real difference in prison education. Held at Manchester Metropolitan University as part of the PLA annual conference, the awards are unique with all nominations coming from people in prison. There were fifteen winners on the night across five categories, including outstanding teachers and education staff, officers, peer mentors, individuals, and staff working in the young people’s estate.
Stephen has taught at long-term, high-security prison HMP Whitemoor for 15 years, running the successful ‘Fathers Inside’ programme which teaches men parenting, teamwork and communication skills through drama as well as written theory. He was nominated by 15 different prisoners who he has supported through education in the Segregation Unit, Family Links courses and Functional Skills English classes over the past year. The nominators noted that he visits men in segregation every day to make sure they don’t miss out on education. One wrote,
“He made me realise my true potential and helped me set goals for my future life. What a great inspiration he is for all.”
Stephen says: “The fatherhood/parenting work has been my highlight. During the nine week course you see a real change in the men. The course ends with their families attending a family day and the men demonstrate their learning and skills through short plays. The day is also an opportunity to meet their loved ones and watch them just be dads for those few precious hours, it really is a special and at times, emotional day.
Delivering education within the Segregation Unit can be difficult at times and very demanding. Residents in Seg need to be kept occupied, and what better way than engaging with education. You have to be consistent in your visits because they rely on seeing you, for support and hope in achieving a qualification.”
PeoplePlus deliver education within 10 prisons across the UK and are committed to seeing people transform their lives through education opportunities.