Target Group: Offenders

Geographical Reach: Europe wide

Project Duration: 2010 – 2012

Project Funder: Leonardo Lifelong Learning Programme & The  Medicor Foundation

Project Manager: Ali Smith [email protected]

Project Aim

The Personal Effectiveness and Employability Through the Arts (PEETA) project involved the development, piloting and subsequent award of a new BTEC qualification known as Supporting Employability and Personal Effectiveness (SEPE). It was designed by Superact and the University of Exeter in association with awarding body Edexcel. The qualification aims to help those who may find accessing traditional routes to employability challenging.

Superact was the lead partner on PEETA, and looked at the transferability of the SEPE qualification in five prison settings across Europe. The settings for the pilot project were in the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Austria and Turkey.


For the duration of the project, members of the Superact team trained artists and delivery staff in all of the partner countries and oversaw the delivery of pilot projects in five different European Prisons. The overall aim was to develop suitable training materials which could be adapted for use across Europe and deliverable via a range of art forms.

The training package has been so successful that a two day training course on SEPE was offered at the final PEETA conference in Rotterdam in September 2012, with participants from across Europe from a range of prison and cultural institutions attending. Superact has also been given opportunities to deliver the training for other providers in the UK as a result of the project and have presented training techniques at several conferences.

Drawing on an eclectic range of art forms, the PEETA project enabled offenders to build up their confidence and skills through performance, music and drama. A particular high point for the project came at the start of September 2012, when women prisoners from Santa Casa Women’s Prison enrolled on SEPE as part of the PEETA project performed before the Portuguese parliament.

For more information on the project, the partners involved and the outcomes please download our evaluation