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Offender Learning NewslettersETF Offender Learning newsletter Spring 2017 image

Spring 2017

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New publications

The Foundation published its research report Successfully using ICT to support learning in the secure estate in September 2017. The report includes examples of effective use of ICT to support learning in prison.

Our order form has been updated and is now available to obtain printed copies of a wide variety of our free offender learning resources.

News from the sector

Prisoner Learning Alliance announced its award winners for 2017. Congratulations to all those receiving an award. Full results are given in the PLA Awards magazine.


Published Ofsted reports in September show learning in prisons continues to improve:

  • HMP Sudbury on achieving Good with feedback on preparation for employment that includes: "The prison and college had developed commercial facilities such as the Secret Diner restaurant, which was open to the public and provided an outstanding training environment for catering and customer service."
  • HMP Grendon on achieving Good the report highlights learners use of interactive whiteboards and partnership working with Oxford Brookes University to provide mentoring support to learners.


Maths and English Practice Development Group

Practice development groups (PDGs) were set up to take forward the action plan produced by the National Quality Improvement Group (NQIG) for Offender Learning to improve the quality of provision.  As a member of the NQIG, the Education and Training Foundation has agreed to chair the practice development group: ‘Improving Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Maths and English’ on behalf of the National Offender Management Service.

The next meeting is to be held on the 9th January 2018.

If you are interested in attending the next meeting please contact Caryn Loftus, Associate of the Education and Training Foundation.


In this space we'll highlight continual professional development opportunities that may be of interest.

Strategies to support reading 27th Ocober at 13:00 (webinar)

Many learners struggle to read with confidence. This webinar will show how to provide information in alternative formats and introduce tips, tricks and tools to support independent reading. The session will:

  • briefly explore alternative ways of communicating information
  • explore how to empower learners to use technology to make their reading as productive and meaningful as possible using


And don't forget the Foundation's mainstream offer. Take a look on the Foundation's website for a range of courses to support teachers, leaders and managers across the FE and Skills sector.  Please note, if there is sufficient interest from staff with a prison, or cluster of prisons, then it may be possible to offer the course in-house to prison staff.



Please note we cannot guarantee the quality of any events not organised by or on behalf of the Foundation.

Key documents

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales Annual Report 2016 -17 (July 2017)

Unlocking potential: A review of education in prison, Dame Sally Coates (May 2016)

What is prison for? A theory of change exploring the value of learning in prison, Prisoner Learning Alliance (June 2016) 

Reducing reoffending - can we assess the contribution of prison education, Education and Training Foundation (March 2016)

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