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Education: Are prisoners being left behind?


The inquiry is examining how current arrangements support learners in custody and how well prison education delivers the skills needed by employers. The inquiry is considering education for adults, young people and children in custody.  

It will look at what barriers exist, for instance, to delivering apprenticeships in a custodial setting. Also, what educational offers are in place to accommodate various length of sentences and different learning needs.  

The Committee is interested in how school exclusion policy impacts on youth custody and how alternative provision settings support young people who experience challenges in education and learning.   

Where possible the Committee is interested to hear prisoner learners’ and former prisoners’ own perceptions of how the prison education system is working and what might need to change.

This inquiry is currently accepting evidence

The committee wants to hear your views. We welcome submissions from anyone with answers to the questions in the call for evidence. You can submit evidence until Friday 8 January 2021.

Read the call for evidence before submitting

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  • Phone: (General Enquiries) 020 7219 2370 / For all media inquiries please contact Oliver Florence / 02072191679 and Nelson Idama / 0207 219 6585
  • Address: Education Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA