Prisoner Learning Alliance Awards

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Three New College Lanarkshire employees have received awards from the Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA) for their work in improving and promoting learning in the prison sector.

Iñigo Garrido, Janet Bowman and Hazel Lynn have all been recognised by the PLA, and will be presented with the awards at a ceremony in Leeds on 11 September.

Iñigo, based at Shotts Prison and Janet, based at Low Moss Prison, were both awarded in the outstanding teacher category, while Hazel, based at Glenochil, was awarded for her performance in the outstanding individual category.

Iñigo Garrido said:

“Receiving this award from Prisoner Learning Alliance feels very special because the people who nominated me for it are the students I work with. This means that my work is having an impact and that they recognise the effort I put in helping them to unlock their potential. 

“This award also reinforces for me the value of creative experiential learning as a valuable way of delivering prison education, with a view to providing students with crucial transferable skills on their release and improve their possibilities to become positive contributors to their communities. 

“I think I have received this award due to a progressive drive in prison education, which is looking for innovative and creative ways to motivate prisoners into learning, as well as celebrating teaching achievements in this area.”

The trio won the awards after being nominated by prisoners for their delivery of learning and skills services which equip prisoners with the skills and knowledge required to reintegrate into society and move into employment and training.

Three New College Lanarkshire employees have received awards from the Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA) for their work in improving and promoting learning in the prison sector.

Martin McGuire, Principal of New College Lanarkshire, said:

“To receive such a prestigious industry award is a great testament to the hard work of our staff members.”

“At New College Lanarkshire we are committed to promoting and encouraging learning in each of our learning centres, and these nominations prove the dedication that our staff put into their roles.

“On behalf of the College and its students, I would like to congratulate Iñigo, Janet and Hazel for their fantastic achievement.”

New College Lanarkshire provides prisoner learning and skills services across seven public sector prisons including HMP Barlinnie, HMP YOI Cornton Vale, HMP Dumfries, HMP Glenochil, HMP Greenock, HMP Low Moss and HMP Shotts.

The Learning Centres aim to provide a supportive learning environment, engage the maximum possible number of students, improve students’ skills, enable them to achieve their potential and increase students’ self-esteem, self-respect and respect for others.

The national awards mean that New College Lanarkshire won two of just four awards in the outstanding teacher category, despite Scotland having approximately a tenth of the prison population of England and Wales.

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