Working and Volunteering as a Teacher in Prisons

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At PLA we do not offer work placements or volunteering opportunities in prison education teams, but we hope you find an opportunity using the resources below.

Thank you so much for your generous offer of support of prison education.

Teaching in prisons can be highly challenging – but also extremely rewarding!

Prison education is provided by various providers, and you can find out who does this in a prison near you here.

The contact details of the prison education providers are:

If you want to know how about prisons teachers’ experiences, read our report, Hidden Voices. You can find out about more about prison education through reading and listening to our recent webinars, here.

If you are interested in volunteering for a literacy project, you could contact the Shannon Trust, who support prisoners to teach other prisoners to read.

If you are interested in mentoring, you could contact Trailblazers Mentoring, Change Grow Live, or Pact.

If you are interested in volunteering in the creative or performing arts in prisons, we would suggest the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, which explains how you can get involved in volunteering in prisons, with links to organisations you can volunteer with.

If you are interested in finding out about volunteering in the criminal justice system more generally, you could have a look at this document, and you can find many organisations’ details here.

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