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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

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First report - Not just another brick in the wall: why prisoners need an education to climb the ladder of opportunity
Inquiry Prison Education
Committees Education Committee
HC 56
Report
Response to this report
Second Special Report - Not just another brick in the wall: why prisoners need an education to climb the ladder of opportunity: Government response to the Committee’s First Report
HC 645
Special Report
Second Special Report - Not just another brick in the wall: why prisoners need an education to climb the ladder of opportunity: Government response to the Committee’s First Report
Inquiry Prison Education
Committees Education Committee
HC 645
Special Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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18 January 2022
Inquiry Prison Education
Witnesses Ministry of Justice, Department for Education, HMPPS, and Department for Education
Committees Education Committee
Oral Evidence
14 December 2021
Inquiry Prison Education
Witnesses Darren Burns (National Recruitment Manager at Timpson), Ted Rosner (Founder at Redemption Roasters), Sasha Simmonds (Head of Social Value at O’Neill & Brennan), and Tony Hughes (Commercial Director at Williams Homes)
Committees Education Committee
Oral Evidence
2 November 2021
Inquiry Prison Education
Witnesses Jonathan Gilbert, Kiri Jolliffe, Femi Laryea-Adekimi, David Breakspear, and Ben Leapman
Committees Education Committee
Oral Evidence
EPB0135 - Prison Education
Witnesses Novus
Committees Education Committee
Written Evidence
EPB0136 - Prison Education
Witnesses Alex Chalk MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice at Ministry of Justice)
Committees Education Committee
Written Evidence
EPB0127 - Prison Education
Witnesses Milton Keynes College
Committees Education Committee
Written Evidence

Contact us

  • Email: educom@parliament.uk
  • Phone: (General Enquiries) 020 7219 2370 / For all media inquiries please contact Owen Sheppard sheppardo@parliament.uk / 020 7219 8895 and Billy Roberts robertsbc@parliament.uk / 0207 219 6113
  • Address: Education Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA