James Williams

School of Justice Studies

During my time at HM Prisons, my main focus was to focus on the rehabilitation of Foreign National Prisoners as well as British National Prisoners, in order to provide them with the tools to adapt to prison life and develop their skills for when released back into society. Helping them pastorally and providing them with positive methods in order to understand the English language around the prison and prepare for life in the community. I also liaised with vulnerable prisoners providing them with the appropriate education that was needed within the prison establishment. I also 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.

I have been on many different educational teaching journeys in order to develop into the best possible practitioner. I delivered ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) in HM Prisons within the North West and North Wales. I have created Schemes of Work and worked with Qualification boards in order fit the correct qualification to the students needs. Have worked towards Ofsted and Agored standards and have routinely been officially observed throughout the roles I have held.

I am a fully qualified teacher, gaining my 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 has allowed me to interact with every learning style and differentiate my lessons, so that I am creating a student centred learning environment.

I have collaborated with other tutors throughout the UK 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. We 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 I visited a number of HM Prisons of different categories, training staff on how best to include these skills within their curriculum.

I have worked with Refugees and Asylum Seekers ranging within the adult and 16-18 provision. Within this role, I 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.

I mainly work with Undergraduate students and closely work with students in the Policing Society. I currently host the LCAPS Podcast, The Policing Conversation and this has a range of guests on discussing their experience within policing.


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