Learning Together with Prisons during the COVID-19 Pandemic
But what happened when the COVID-19 pandemic hit? Whilst some of our courses have had to be put on “hold”, we have tried to maintain our provision of educational opportunities to prison students. This is particularly important at a time when prisoners are facing even greater isolation, thought the cancellation of visits and much longer time spent in cells. At HMP Askham Grange, we have been able to provide workbooks and reading materials and give written feedback to students on their work. We have also contributed to the nationwide “ThinkLet” series, set up by the Learning Together Team in Cambridge, to provide weekly educational resources for prisoners. Clearly, these are uncertain times, but we will continue to work with the prison service to find ways in which our students can learn together again.
Emma's focus is teaching and learning and the psychological/social factors which influence student progress and wellbeing. She is interested in teacher feedback, mindsets, the impact of praise and criticism and the use of “wise psychological interventions” in education.