Written evidence submitted by Mr Tony Linnett (Volunteer at Independent Monitoring Board for HMP Isis)

The views below are based on visits to the prison during which teaching was observed, data analysis undertaken, and prisoners and staff were spoken to.

      Isis has excellent facilities in the academy and skill zone. Classrooms and workshops are spacious and well equipped.

      There are systems in place to monitor and improve the quality of teaching which was judged as requiring improvement in the last inspection. However, meaningful progress has been limited due to the suspension of all face-to-face teaching in March 2020.

      The curriculum is appropriate for a training prison with a focus on developing basic English and Maths skills as well as providing vocational training that leads to formal qualifications and enhances the employability of prisoners on release.


February 2021