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James Williams

School of Justice Studies

Faculty of Arts Professional and Social Studies

James has worked within prison establishments across the North West of England and North Wales and the main focus was on educating and providing skills for offenders to use when being released back into the community. The main area of focus was with foreign national prisoners as well as British national prisoners. Assisting them pastorally and providing them with positive methods in order to understand the English language around the prison environment and prepare for life in the community. James has liaised with vulnerable prisoners providing them with the appropriate education that was needed within the prison establishment. Furthermore, James conducted employability interviews with prisoners a the end of their current sentence in order to create a pathway into employment and steer them way from future reoffending.

James has contributed to many different educational teaching journeys in order to develop into the best possible practitioner. James has delivered ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) in HM Prisons within the North West and North Wales. James has created Schemes of Work and worked with Qualification boards in order fit the correct qualification to the students needs and has worked towards Ofsted and Agored standards.

James has worked closely with Refugees and Asylum Seekers ranging within the adult and 16-18 provision. Within this role, he taught these students English through the ESOL National Curriculum and including British Values. Within my classes, I had a range of nationalities including students from North East Africa, the Middle East, Asia and South America.

James currently hosts the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies Podcast called "The Policing Conversation" which provides an insight into the different avenues Policing and Criminal Justice offers to future practitioners. On this podcast there is a range of guests from all area of the Criminal Justice System. Guests include: Clarence Augustus (Gus) Martin, Ph.D, Professor Lawrence Sherman, Guardian Reporter Jason Burke, Chief Constable of Merseyside Police Serena Kennedy and many more.

James has gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) as well as my Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA). This professional development and the knowledge gained from these qualifications allowed James to interact with every learning style and differentiate within his lessons. James focuses his sessions on a student centred learning environment.

James has collaborated with other tutors throughout the United Kingdom within the organisation in a group called ENiGMA, which provided the best possible teaching within the prison sector. This initiative was an organisational agenda and this method of teaching was delivered across North West prisons. James had to promote the importance of lessons involving English, Maths & IT within lessons, so that offenders developed their skills throughout their time in custody in order to gain employment when released back into society. During this role James visited a number of HM Prisons of different categories, training staff on how best to include these skills within their curriculum.


2016, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom, PGCE, Post Graduate Certificate in Education
2013, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MA, Criminal Justice
2013, City of Liverpool College, United Kingdom, CELTA, Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
2012, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, BA (Hons), Criminal Justice

Academic appointments

Policing Studies Lecturer, School of Justice Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, 2022 - present

Internet publication

Williams J. 2022. Bridges, not barriers: Improving police engagement with the UK’s foreign nationals Author Url Publisher Url

Teaching qualification:

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). 2016

Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA). 2013

Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS). 2013

Media Coverage:

Podcast - The Policing Conversation