School Behind Bars

Learn how teaching and learning operate in a secure unit Under 16s have a right to an education even if they’re incarcerated criminals. But who are the teachers, why are they there, and how do they manage in this tough environment? This is an engaging and unique insight behind the walls of the Vinney Green Secure Unit in Bristol, revealing the many challenges of teaching child criminals.

The staff at Vinney Green attempt to win these damaged and sometimes dangerous young people over with warmth and respect, providing a safe and secure environment, something many of them have never experienced before. Success is building a strong relationship in a short space of time, teaching the students vital life skills for when they leave, and hopefully helping them never to come back. As one member of staff says: ‘The punishment ends when they walk through the door, everything else is about rehabilitation’.

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