Offender learning

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Teaching and learning

The materials below form part of the Teaching and Learning Toolkit and include support for assessment, motivating learners, teaching and training in the classroom and workshop. Watch our introductory video or read our guide to the toolkit to help you consider key questions relating to teaching and learning. 

If you are planning your CPD, take a look at the Professional Standards which provide a framework for teachers and trainers to identify areas for professional development. You can undertake an online self-assessment and then perhaps use our Professional Standards checklist from the guide to the toolkit to record your reflections.

Watch the video to find out what QTLS is, its links to the Professional Standards and how it can support you in improving your professional practice irrespective of how long you have been teaching.  

Read how Manchester College embedded the standards in an offender learning setting.

Did you know that 60% of young people in the youth justice system have communication needs? That means over half the young people in youth offender institutions may not understand what is being said to them or have problems making themselves understood. The Communication Trust has created a range of support materials, for anyone working in YOIs, focusing on speech, language and communication these include a guide as well as posters and postcards containing lots of useful tips. 

All FE providers have a duty to safeguard their students, Prevent is about safeguarding our students to keep them both safe and within the law. The Prevent Duty is not about preventing learners from having political and religious views and concerns but about supporting them to use those concerns or act on them in non-extremist ways. The Education and Training Foundation has launched a website to support providers in adopting the Prevent Duty.

Whilst Ofsted’s ‘Teaching, Learning and Assessment Good Practice Guide Sept 2014’ is not based on findings from their inspections of prisons, we will look with sector experts to see what lessons can be learnt from outstanding teaching, learning and assessment in the further education and skills sector and the factors that contribute to them.

You can request printed copies of a wide variety of free offender learning resources to support teaching, learning and assessment using this order form.

Related Resources

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Maths, English and ESOL

There has been a focus on maths, English, ESOL and ICT for offenders for many years

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Equality and Diversity

Under the 2010 Equality Act, anyone working in the Justice sector (in receipt of public funding) has a legal duty to protect and promote equality for and between people

View Equality and Diversity

Using Technology

It is vital that offender learning engages with both e-learning and inclusion because literacy levels are generally very low in the prison population

View Using Technology

Vocational Training

Vocational training is a crucial aspect of offender learning and is most effective when based on partnerships between prison industries/ employers, vocational training and education teams

View vocational training