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Prison Education


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.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry.

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Past events

Tuesday 18 January 2022
10:00am Public
Prison Education - Oral evidence 18 January 2022
  • Alex Burghart MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Department for Education)
  • Louise Wright (Deputy Director for Apprenticeships, Participation and Traineeships at Department for Education)
  • Victoria Atkins (Minister of State for Prisons and Probation at Ministry of Justice)
  • Phil Copple (Director General of Prisons at HMPPS)
Room 15, Palace of Westminster
Tuesday 14 December 2021
10:00am Public
Prison Education - Oral evidence 14 December 2021
  • Darren Burns (National Recruitment Manager at Timpson)
  • Ted Rosner (Founder at Redemption Roasters)
  • Sasha Simmonds (Head of Social Value at O’Neill & Brennan)
  • Tony Hughes (Commercial Director at Williams Homes)
Room 15, Palace of Westminster
Tuesday 2 November 2021
10:00am Public
Prison Education - Oral evidence 2 November 2021
  • Jonathan Gilbert
  • Kiri Jolliffe
  • Femi Laryea-Adekimi
  • David Breakspear
  • Ben Leapman
Room 15, Palace of Westminster
Tuesday 21 September 2021
10:00am Public
Prison Education - Oral evidence 21 September 2021
  • Matthew Coffey (Chief Operating Officer at Ofsted)
  • Paul Joyce (Deputy Director for Further Education and Skills at Ofsted)
  • Peter Cox (Managing Director at Novus)
  • Sally Alexander (Principal at Milton Keynes College)
  • Andrea Greer (Deputy Principal at Weston College)
  • Sophie Sterling (Business Development and Partnerships Director at People Plus)
Room 16, Palace of Westminster

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  • Phone: 020 7219 2370 (general enquiries) | 020 7219 8895 (media enquiries)
  • Address: Education Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA