Pupils suffer in silence when a parent goes to prison

Often a school won’t know when one of its pupils loses a parent to prison – but schools can actually play a major role by engaging that parent in their child’s education, writes Gordon Cairns

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As a continuing professional development opportunity, it’s not very enticing. Held in Scotland’s most unwelcoming, hard to reach venues at the end of the school day, these CPD events will neither improve your subject knowledge nor your career prospects. Yet in the five years since the Families Outside charity began organising visits, over 2,500 teachers have gone inside Scotland’s most notorious prisons to partially experience what it is like for a pupil who has a family member inside.

While HM Prison Greenock has tried to make the open visit area welcoming, with a patio and brightly painted ...

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