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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.

The Learning and Work Institute published its research report Family Learning in Prisons, 2017. The report reinforces the importance of family learning, partnership working and provides guidance on evaluating initiatives. 

The PLA published Greenhouses not warehouses: commissioning education to plant seeds of hope and opportunity to support prison Govenors and management through the process of commissioning eduucation.

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

The Further Education ans Skills Inspections and Outcomes as at 31st August 2017 main findings report has been published. We've been highlighting each month that learning in prisons continues to improve and this report provides the data.  

Published Ofsted reports in December:

HMP Holme House on achieving Good, highlighted in their report:

"Prisoners in industries and vocational workshops made good progress in developing practical skills, often from very low starting points. For example, prisoners with no previous wood machining experience learned to programme and operate an industry-standard computer numerical control cutting machine."


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.

Supporting learners with visual impairment - Free webinar for Society of Education and Training (SET) members

Friday 8th December 12:30-13:30

This webinar will give SET members a range of ideas and resources they can use to support learners with visual impairments.



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)

Prison safety and reform, Ministry of Justice and National Offender Management Service (November 2016)

Family Learning in Prisons, The Learning and Work Institute (Sept 2017) 

Greenhouses not warehouses: commissioning education to plant seeds of hope and opportunity, PLA (Oct 2017)

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