Qualified Tutor Podcast

What a Former Head of Education at Wormwood Scrubs Prison Has Learnt About the Power of Believing in People

September 09, 2021 Claire Smith Episode 78
Qualified Tutor Podcast
What a Former Head of Education at Wormwood Scrubs Prison Has Learnt About the Power of Believing in People
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It's hard to know what life is like in prison if you haven't experienced it. For a chronically disengaged student, it's much the same. Claire Smith understands both.

Claire is a compassionate and highly experienced tutor for Nudge Education. Previously, Claire worked as Head of Education at not only Wormwood Scrubs Prison in London but also HMP Bronzefield, in Middlesex.

We challenge you to find a more open and, at times, brutally honest conversation than this one. Young offenders and prisoners are hidden from society but, if Claire's experience is anything to go by, these are the individuals who need our community-led approach to learning the most.

What we are most proud of, apart from giving someone as well travelled and well versed as Claire a platform to share her experiences, is the power of the Qualified Tutor training courses. Claire was able to find confidence and support through our tutor training programme and the community we've created, and we're very grateful to Nudge and to our amazing Community members for sharing in this.

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🎧 And thank you as ever to Luke Tierney for the sophisticated soundtrack

What is your WHY as a tutor?
Why did you go from teaching to tutoring?
Tell us a little bit more about self-confidence in prison education
Were you able to take any learning from your days as an educator into the journey you now find yourself on?
What insights do you have into the idea of ex-prisoners becoming tutors?
What would success look like for you 5 years from now?