Simon Wensley, a learner at HMP Onley, is becoming a ‘go to’ for other learners looking to improve their literacy. Simon currently assists tutor, Michelle Stedford, in English lessons at the establishment.
Simon, a graduate in Microbiology, is keeping on top of his own learning and is currently studying TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) via the Open University.
His background is in motoring so teaching has been a transgression – however, it runs in the family with other members in the teaching profession.
He is helping to teach Literacy and Numeracy to other learners at entry levels 1, 2 & 3.
Simon helps colleagues with spellings and phonics in his own time at evening and weekends.
Simon said: “Since I have been at Onley I have promised myself not to count the days but to make every day count. Prisoners relate to me as I am one of them. I would like to teach adults with learning difficulties upon release, or perhaps even work abroad teaching.”
At present some of Simon’s colleagues ask for his support, for example, in filling in application forms. Simon said: “At a former establishment I did Level 3 Mentoring and taught five learners to read and write. A moment of pride came when two of those learners wrote their first letters to home.”
Simon’s very positive and wants to help everybody. He takes great pleasure in helping others