Literacy Behind Bars

An English teacher visits prison to learn new techniques English teacher Laura Jewiss from Sittingbourne Community College in Kent is desperate to improve literacy levels for her Year 9 boys. This programme follows her on a visit to Chelmsford prison where she meets literacy teacher, Jackie Hewitt who has developed some radical techniques that appear to be working well. Laura observes Jackie in action as she uses soap, sand and even toothpaste to teach inmates how to read and write. Back in the school she sees if techniques she’s learnt in the cell can be adapted to work in the classroom.

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