Personal Effectiveness and Employability through the Arts

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Final Conference - Sept 2012 in Rotterdam. Read more on the conference and key note speaker Curt Tofteland ..  >>

“Other courses teach you how to do; this course teaches you how to be." - Director of Education Sergio Cosmai Prison, Calabria

Portuguese President witnesses unique performance in Parliament

Following the Turkish pilot the Ministry of Justice for Turkey have agreed for music to be used in the education and rehabilitation of prisoners.

Young prisoners play theatre and begin to engage with Shakespeare. Theatrework tries to change the Gerasdorf Prison. The prisoners change to other people, they say.

Coming soon the agenda for the final conference....

Partners meet for the first time in Dillington House Somerset UK

The first  training of artists took place in the Netherlands in January 2010

The final performance of prisoners taking part of the Musical Laboratory “Una canzone per te” (“A song for you”)

The Portuguese pilot has reached national acclaim, with numerous television and radio interviews

This innovative pilot saw male and female offenders coming together to perform extracts from Shakespeare.

Turkish SEPE Course video - this clip shows working in progress lead by the PEETA trained Turkish artist ... >>

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Project ambition and timeline

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.

History of PEETA / SEPE development

Originally an Award in Personal Effectiveness and Employability through the Arts (PEETA) was developed by Exeter University in 2006/7, building on research done by Phil Bayliss and Debbie Morgan regarding the use of an innovative framework for assessment and feedback. This focused learning by building on...



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