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Ofsted highlights urgent need for reform

There is huge scope to improve learning in prisons, the Prisoners’ Education Trust has said after the publication of Ofsted’s annual report.


The 2014-15 report shows the education outcomes have markedly declined since last year, with 72% rated as ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’, and yet again prisons are the worst performing in the FE and skills sector.

Rod Clark, PET chief executive, said: “At PET, and in partnership with colleagues across the sector through the Prisoner Learning Alliance, we have long called for learning to be at the heart of prisons and this latest report highlights the increasing and urgent need for improvements to be made.

“We agree with Ofsted that there must be more accountability and leadership to achieve this and the government’s Coates Review provides a timely opportunity for new policies to reform learning in prison.”


He went on: “This is a chance for the government to enable more people to achieve their potential and change their lives through education, and we would like to see governors lead the way in this by creating a strong learning culture in prisons.

“And we know this can be done as Ofsted’s report highlights outstanding practice, for example at HMP Hollesley Bay, where staff are praised for leadership, providing a wide range of programmes and working in partnership with the local community.”

For the full report click here (adult learning including prison service reporting, starts on page 67).

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