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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.

Work news

Government change legislation to allow prisoners to take up apprenticeships following Committee recommendation
Education Committee publishes Government response to Prison Education report
27 September 2022
'Chaotic' adult prison education system crying out for overhaul
Committee publishes their report, Prison education.
18 May 2022
Prison Education Report
Committee publishes its report on Prison education on Wednesday 18th May
16 May 2022
Ministers questioned on prison education
Education Committee questions Prisons Minister Victoria Atkins, MoJ, and Skills Minister Alex Burghart from DfE
13 January 2022
How to help ex-offenders into skilled jobs – Education Committee will question business leaders
Education Committee hears from business leaders whose companies hire ex-offenders
10 December 2021
Ex-prisoners tell MPs how education in prisons should be improved
Education Committee  examines how education and skills training could be better embedded in the prison system
29 October 2021
Education Committee examines the state of teaching in England’s prisons
The Education Committee question Ofsted and teaching providers
17 September 2021
Experts give evidence on prison education
Education Committee to question charities, governors’ association and Open University on learning in custody
28 May 2021
Prison education inquiry: Education Committee evidence session on employability, skills and training
The session will explore what is being done to help prisoners undertake education and training whilst in prison and move into jobs on release from custody
20 May 2021
Education Committee to question Dame Sally Coates in inquiry’s first oral evidence session
Committee to question Dame Sally Coates
16 April 2021
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  • Address: Education Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA