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Prison Education

Inquiry

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.

Reports, special reports and government responses

No reports or special reports published.

Oral evidence transcripts

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8 June 2021
Inquiry Prison Education
Committees Education Committee
Oral Evidence
25 May 2021
Inquiry Prison Education
Witnesses Simon Ashworth (Chief Policy Officer at Association of Employment and Learning Providers), and David Hughes (Chief Executive at Association of Colleges)
Committees Education Committee
Oral Evidence
25 May 2021
Inquiry Prison Education
Witnesses Lisa Capper MBE (Director of Education and Skills at NACRO), Shereen Lawrence (Peer Advisor Network Coordination Manager at St Giles Trust), and Julian Smith (CEO at Bounce Back)
Committees Education Committee
Oral Evidence
EPB0075 - Prison Education
Witnesses Ministry of Justice
Committees Education Committee
Written Evidence
EPB0068 - Prison Education
Witnesses IPSEA
Committees Education Committee
Written Evidence
EPB0069 - Prison Education
Witnesses Independent monitoring boards
Committees Education Committee
Written Evidence

Contact us

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