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Effective Induction for Prison Teachers

The aim of the partnership is to develop a comprehensive induction programme for staff who are employed to teach in prisons. Currently, staff who work in prisons are drawn from a range of educational backgrounds including primary, secondary and further education, and many have no prior experience of working with offenders. The induction programme will cover issues of general concern such as the criminal justice context of the work of prison educators (this will be tailored to meet the needs of the individual member states), prisoner psychology, rules for operating in a prison environment and developing teaching and learning approaches appropriate to a secure environment. For all the partners, the lack of appropriate initial teacher training and continuous professional development for prison teaching staff is a serious concern. This project will raise awareness of the issue in each member state and result in the development of a basic introductory training programme upon which each member state can build while at the same time highlighting those issues which are common to the profession across Europe and allow the transfer of existing good practice.The project will reach a wide audience of prison educators via its links to the European Prison Education Association.

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