There are several ways you can help
- Encourage them, even if they had a bad time at school. Education can be a good experience, at any stage of life.
- Talk about what they want to achieve – a qualification, a new career, recognition, satisfaction – there are lots of reasons to learn.
- Consider all the options. There are lots of different types of courses – long, short, vocational, academic, online, face-to-face …. And also lots of different universities and colleges to choose from.
- Contact us – we can support you to explore all these options and help you to find the one that is right for the person you are supporting. And maybe we can find something for you too ?
- There are usually fees to pay for educational courses and we can help you to find funding, either by student loan or grants.
- Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org to start the discussion.
There is a lot of information about prison statistics contained in the excellent Bromley Briefings produced by the Prison Reform Trust.
The Coates (2016) review of education in prisons advocated strongly for improved education in prisons :
Let there be no doubt. Education should be at the heart of the prison system. My career has been about offering excellent education to the most disadvantaged in society to give them a decent chance in life. Prisoners are in prison because they have done wrong. But once they have served their time, it is just to them and in the interests of their communities that they have the same decent chance. The chance to re-enter society successfully, to find work, to live fulfilling lives. If education is the engine of social mobility, it is also the engine of prisoner rehabilitation.
Dame Sally Coates noted some key facts about the education levels of people in prison :
42% of adult prisoners report having been permanently excluded from school.
A larger proportion of prisoners were assessed on reception as having English and Maths at entry level 1-3 (equivalent to expected primary school levels of attainment) than Level 1 and 2 combined (GCSE level).
One fifth of prisoners say they would have preferred to be studying at a higher Level than they were currently.
Three fifths of prisoners leave prison without an identified employment or education or training outcome.
We are determined to change things by Doing What Really Matters.We will report regularly on the outcomes for our students.