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.
Witnesses Dr Maggie Leese (Head of Department at Teesside University), Ms Laura Goldsack (Principal Lecturer at Teesside University), Dr Victoria Bell (Principal Lecturer at Teesside University), and Ms Jennifer Ferguson (Research Associate at Teesside University)