Pete's work with the inmates of Exeter Prison had a very positive impact
Jan Ross - Senior Teacher
He raised the self esteem of the men achieving high standards in several aspects of creativity. I particularly liked the performance poetryJan Ross - Senior Teacher
Pete is a total professional. His sensitive work with the inmates of Exeter Prison produced some remarkable workJan Ross
Exeter Prison Education Department
A number of creative workshops are available for male and female prisoners.
All projects promote the values of race and gender equality and cultural diversity and focus on the many positive changes that have occurred in the UK in recent years. The work promotes the enriching qualities of of community cohesion and reflects the British Values of respect for other cultures.
The work involves reflective discussion on disability, race and gender equality stressing the values of respect and consent.
Drama workshops give participants culturally diverse experiences - a focus on people who have changed the world. Leaders of the civil rights movement in the USA such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, heroes of the anti apartheid movement in South Africa such as Nelson Mandela and a strong current role model for girls – Malala Yousafzai. Rap type poetry is often written and performed as part of the narrative of the day.
Every participant is included, valued and seen as unique.
Communication and language
Rich language and writing opportunities are offered within highly inter-active discussion and poetry based activities. Participants respond to essential questions such as; How serious is racism and sexism in your community? What about in the wider community? What can we do to improve the situation? How can we celebrate ourselves as individuals? What makes us special and unique?”
Participants are asked to view themselves as active citizens. “What can we do to challenge racism and sexism to create healthy relationships?
“How can we show this in music, poetry and other forms of creativity?”
The music of Bob Marley and the poetry of Benjamin Zephaniah are featured and valued.
"Pete's work with the inmates of Exeter Prison had a very positive impact. He raised the self esteem of the men achieving high standards in several aspects of creativity. I particularly liked the performance poetry”
Senior Teacher Exeter Prison