Feltham teacher receives award
Prospects provides education for all young people within Feltham Young Offenders Institution. Since the contract started, Prospects has increased the number of hours a young person in custody at Feltham spends in education each week to equip them with qualifications and skills to break the cycle of reoffending when they leave detention.
Louiza Nener, an employability teacher at Feltham YOI, has received a Prisoner Alliance Award from the Prisoners Education Trust, for her work teaching and supporting the young people at Feltham to write CVs, apply for jobs and communicate effectively. Louiza joined Prospects at Feltham as a Learning Support Assistant and has successfully transitioned into an effective and engaging teacher.
Her warmth and care for her learners was recognised through several nominations for a PLA award in the category of ‘Outstanding staff member or mentor from the young people’s estate’. The category recieved 1,200 nominations and we are delighted to report that Louiza was successful. Some of Louiza's nominations included entries from the boys at Feltham:
“She makes me feel like I’m not a prisoner or a criminal which makes me feel normal and more confident to do my work.”
“She creates a calm, serene environment and makes work fun.”
"She has made me more aware and educated on how to apply for a job when I get out.”
Louiza says: “At family days we speak to the parents and show them the work their son has been doing. It’s always positive and the boys go shy when their parents go through the work. The parents say: ‘I want to see more of this, I know you can do it now.’ The wider effect education can have on family relationships motivating the boys is huge.”
Karon McCarthy, Prospects Head of Education at Feltham YOI, who works with Louiza said: “This is significant recognition of her incredible work with her learners. We are exceptionally proud of Louiza and are excited to continue to work with her to improve the life chances of our learners here at Feltham YOI.”