This Leonardo Transfer of Innovation project was working across 6 European countries to test the use of an Edexcel qualification developed by Exeter University and Superact which uses the arts to develop employability and personal effectiveness skills. The Supporting Employability and Personal Effectiveness (SEPE) qualification was piloted in 5 different European prisons using different art forms and varying approaches to delivery.
The project started in December 2010 and culminated in a final conference in Rotterdam in September 2012.
Throughout the project the lead partner Superact developed and delivered training packages for staff introducing the award into new settings, and develop communities of practice capable of making robust and consistent judgements on the achievements and learning outcomes of beneficiaries across the partnership countries.
As the start of the project we mapped the Level 1 Award to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and throughout the duration of the project we recorded and analysed adaptations and the effectiveness of the award in new contexts. The overall aim was to look at the possibilities for embedding the qualification in the mainstream justice education systems in each of the partner countries.
Our consortium had experience of delivering arts-based education in a range of settings; of working with prisons; developing qualifications and training packages and of developing offenders’ employability skills. We have research expertise; links with Ministries of Justice and other national strategists.
Tangible outcomes are:
- a new EQF-mapped qualification introduced into partner countries
- an analysis of the effectiveness of the SEPE qualification at country and EU level
- training provided to artists working in secure environments
- a European network of artists and prison staff
- an external evaluation of the project
We also hope that through lessons learned we will be able to influence policy makers and enhance working practices in the prisons and by artists / trainers involved. Our ambition was to drive changes locally via delivery, and nationally / internationally via mainstreaming activities, such as networking and influencing, articles and journals, workshops and conferences, on-line discussions and reporting.