Jezz Wright, WayOUt TV
WayOut TV is an in-cell television channel, providing short form content which aims to be entertaining and engaging. Ways 2 Learn, WayOut TV’s sister learning channel, provides short, bite size courses produced specifically for the prison population, with a paper based workbook that allows prisoners to study in their cell.
During lockdown, WayOut TV introduced an in-cell learning channel to deliver a fun way of learning maths and English which didn’t require a formal workbook. It has also enabled prisoners to watch materials recorded by lecturers, speaking directly to them in their cells, to participate in quizzes and competitions, and mindfulness exercises.
To make sure that the content WayOut TV broadcasts in prisons is relevant and interesting, it takes on board feedback and requests from prisoners to deliver content they want to see. The channel has employed several former prisoners from HMP Wayland who now work on creating new programmes.
And in the future? With book groups still postponed, WayOut TV aspires to set up a book review show to engage residents with reading and promote libraries. It is also considering how charities such as Shannon Trust, and private education providers, could work together to deliver education content.
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