Just wanted to say thanks again for your talk to our students today. I honestly thought it was the best external educational session I’ve seen over 17 years of teaching so far. The impact, timing and relevance was huge. Clearly there were some students today who were living in a more risky environment in terms of leading to behaviour that might see them end up in prison. I think they will have been influenced immediately by your work with Rev. It was very powerfully yet sensitively delivered. Your message was captivating.
Most of our students probably don’t see themselves potentially ending up in prison (and thankfully that’s likely the case for most) but I thought your emphasis on life decisions was a potent message that engaged everyone, including myself. Spice (and the like) and marijuana is a big issue in our college and some of the students today are amongst this and have decisions to make about who they mix with and what they choose to do. Believe it or not, we have a couple students on our course that could potentially lead others down the wrong path. It’s something I’m really concerned about personally. Similarly, the story about ending up in prison for making decisions like texting at the wheel or getting involved in gang activities (even on the fringes) was compelling. You really made an impact today! I’m going to try my best to drive your message home with a few of them.
Your delivery was extremely professional and I was surprised to hear you say you’d only been out of prison for 15 weeks. It seems you had been doing it for ages. Your relaxed, honest and humorous (well timed) talk was really engaging. You had the students in the palm of your hand. Indeed a few of the students are interested in criminology and your talk really illustrated the human side of the theory they might have studied at college. The real stories behind something they might read about. Your personal story is inspiring in terms of overcoming adversity and your consciousness of how it impacted others around you.
I hope you don’t mind this feedback. I strongly believe in giving credit where it’s due and think you have a great deal to offer young people. I really hope to see you and Rev working with our students in the future. You were a great team and seemed to bounce really well off each other. Please pass on my utmost thanks to Rev also. He was superb too. Brilliantly engaging, informative and charismatic. Thanks on behalf of the college, the students and the students’ parents; your efforts are much appreciated.
Allen- Teacher: Hillsborough College
I just wanted to send a quick email to thank your team for the amazing afternoon that they provided for the staff and students at my school on Tuesday 28th February earlier this week. We had talks from Barry, Clifton and Rev and they were so inspirational and really opened the students eyes to the world of crime. We had them in as our students are studying crime and punishment as part of their RE GCSE and it really brought their learning to life. Clifton was superb! The students are still talking about him and asking questions about his story. He was humble and so honest with his words and the students appreciated the way he told his story in such a personable way. Rev and Barry were brilliant, they spoke with great humor yet highlighted the seriousness of the topics they covered. The cell van was great and gave the students the first hand experience that they needed.
I will 100% look at getting PMNW back into our school wherever possible. Please pass on my thanks to the three men, they have made many staff and students very happy and it has helped to engage some of our troubled boys with their learning again.
I can’t thank you enough.
Kirsty White- Teacher, St. Bernards School, Rotherham- 28th February
Choices/Prisoner Workshop – “This workshop was so brilliant that i wanted to do it again and i think everyone was engaged in this workshop. So there was this man called Anthony and he told us about his life as a child to his adult ages to 22, and he told us something which changed my attitude to life and education. “Education is the key to success” when i heard these words it blew my mind and i learnt that if you make good or bad choices, it can and it will affect our future. I really enjoyed this workshop.”
Street Scene – “When we went to this workshop it was amazing because we had so much fun and we participated in this activity. I really enjoyed this man who was making it so much fun with a bit of comedy. His name was Ollie and he was so kind and funny. He told us everything on what might happen if you have alcohol at a really young age and disturbing other people around your area. It was a way of seeing if we understood what was happening and it was a truly amazing experience to us and we all enjoyed it.”
Marjana, Year 7 pupil, Bedford Academy (25th November 2016)
Prison Cell workshop – this was very good as it lets us not only see what a cell looks but what it would be like to eat/sleep and drink in a cell. It showed me how hard it is in prison. But more time should be given to come up with questions and maybe have a mini quiz of what was in the room back in the classroom to see who was paying attention.
Sohpie, Year 9, William Allitt School 23.1.2017
” STREETSCENE, we learnt that even though you think what youre doing is okay theres a chance theres alot of things wrong . Also that if you wouldnt do it infront o your mum or you wouldnt want to your mum to see you doing it then you shouldnt do it . CEOP -we learnt that its fine to talk to people on the internet just dont trust them or give out personal information because they could use it against you. “
Ellie-Mae (3-4-2016, Pupil)
I’ve been given your contact email address by The Prison Me No Way Tea – I just wanted to pass on some feedback about the day and how we have found it over the years.
It seems to me that days like the one provided by the No Way Trust really are priceless. We have hosted the day for a few years now and it remains an extremely engaging and impactful day, and a unique one – I don’t believe our pupils could get the kind of information and experience on offer with the day in any other way. It also reflects and supports our number one duty as a school – above all else (results, curriculum etc) our primary focus is the safeguarding of the young people in our care.
The impact it has is fulsome. From pupil questionnaires and from talking to pupils, they speak of the day very highly and say that it stays with them for a long time. Older pupils always remember the day from previous years and can recall information, workshop leaders and memories from the day they experienced.
Various pieces of follow up work occur in the curriculum after the day – in PSHE, Geography, Re and Performing Arts. There is no better teaching stimulus than real life. We enjoy the way that the day busts myths about prison life, makes very clear the risks and facts about up to date and highly relevant law and order issues, raises awareness about legal processes and confronts stereotypes of prisoners and those that have committed crime.
The workshop leaders are highly engaging, full of humour and convey a real sense of some unwavering, uncompromising aspects of law and order – the reality of life in prisons and of crime. As someone who has co-ordinated the day on behalf of the school, I’d also like to add how easy it is to organise – the whole package is managed very well by the Prison Me No Way team who co-ordinate with us with a thoroughness and detail which makes hosting the event, to be honest, a breeze.
All in all, an extremely valued and important day in our enrichment programme.
Nick (Hollingworth Academy)
“I just wanted to contact you to say a massive ‘Thank You’ from all the staff and pupils at Northcott, who have experienced Prison Me No-Way! today. Both Rev and Graham were fantastic with the pupils and adapted their presentation for each class, to ensure they met their needs. Both men went out of their way to enable all pupils to access the presentations. The pupils at Northcott School have social interaction and communication difficulties, therefore it was a pleasure and privilege to see what Rev and Graham achieved with the pupils during the sessions. Staff have commented on the ‘social’ achievements of the pupils, testament to how fabulous Rev and Graham were with our pupils.”
Beth Lane (9-5-2016, Assistant Head Teacher -Northcott Special School, Hull)
CellVan/Prison Workshop thoughts: it was very stinky and the way that people said yes about going into the cell van and they were all said that they would never go in there ever again
Q have you talked to your family and friend? yes i said that they should have seen it it was the best thing that i have ever seen in my life i would love to do it again and again and again
Reece (Ormiston School Year 8)
Drugs Workshop: it taught me to not touch drugs
Street Scene: it taught me not to drink at a young age and not b disrespectful
Cell Van/Prison: this was very good because we felt what it would be like in jail but taught to never go in to prison
Q Would you change anything? nothing it was marvelous and extraordinary