A Level Psychology students at Cronton Sixth Form have been on a fascinating trip to get an insight into the life of a prisoner and learn what prison life is really like, at the Behind Bars conference in Manchester.
The students had the opportunity to discuss and interact with a variety of ex-prisoners. They were able to challenge their own stereotypes of a typical offender and discuss how prisoners should be treated in prison, including opportunities for education, rehabilitation and most importantly employment training. The students took part in a Q&A session with each offender who had served a sentence that ranged between four and twenty-four years behind bars. It was an interesting day for the students who were very engaged while discussing questions on the effectiveness of prison as a punishment.
Shakira Raynes formerly of Wade Deacon High School said, “I found the day really interesting and it was refreshing to hear first-hand perspectives of the prison system.”
Charlie Thornton formerly of Saints Peter and Pauls Catholic College said, “The conference was very interesting – it was good to see how criminals have the courage to openly talk about their crimes and get themselves back into a normal life.”
Becky Spencer formerly of Great Sankey High School said, “Life behind bars was very interesting and gave me a real insight to prison life. It was an emotional but useful day.”
Sarah Devers formerly of Halewood Academy said, “Life behind bars was a great experience which provided a great insight into the individual within the prison system and rehabilitation afterwards!”
Joanie Low, Psychology tutor at Cronton Sixth Form said, “At Cronton Sixth Form College, our A-Level Psychology students have always enjoyed extra-curricular trips and visits to enhance their learning and understanding of psychology in everyday life. This is why we have celebrated A-B grades at 61% and A-C grades at 85%, with 100% pass rate.”