HMP Dovegate

HMP Dovecote is a men’s prison in the East Midlands, run by Serco. The education team are running a small-scale whole organisation approach to practitioner-led action research project. Two managers are being trained as Action Research Leads and they are, in turn, supporting a small group of practitioner-researchers to plan, carry out and present their research findings over a six month period.  Additionally one of the managers is also undertaking a small-scale action research project as part of the emCETT 2014-2015 programme.

The CPD materials, developed by emCETT for the PLAR programme, have been adapted to fit the requirements of HMP Dovegate. The Regional Adviser has developed and delivered a training session for the Action Research Leads, and co-developed four one-hour peer working groups. These are currently being delivered over a 12-1pm lunch time slot. These practitioner-researchers are being supported by an allocated Action Research Lead.

You can access the presentations for each peer working group below.
PWG1 HMP PWG2 HMP Dovegate PWG3 HMP Dovegate

PWG 1: What is PLAR?
PWG 2: How to critically analyse and present data
PWG 3: Designing research reports
PWG 4: Drop in session

Top Tips from Action Research Leads for offender learning institutions thinking of delivering WOA to PLAR projects 

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Image 1Do prisoners want the employment process at HMP Dovegate to prepare them for applying for jobs upon release?

Format: Presentation

ImageSpeaking and Listening Skills & Speech and Language Development in Custody. Do they need improving?

Format: Presentation

ImageThe benefits of Tapestry for Prisoners through Fine Cell Work and the links towards employability of Prisoners in the future.

Format: Presentation


Using Cognitive Acceleration to develop problem solving skills in the offending learning environment

Format: e-book