Offender learning

Supporting the workforce

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.

Concentration difficulties are also common and are related to a range of causes from drug withdrawal to mental health issues.

Simple good practice with technology enhanced learning can be transformative in prison education.

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Successfully using ICT to support learningin the secure estate

During 2015-16, the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) was a partner in the government-commissioned Coates Review of prison education in England and Wales, to examine how it supports effective rehabilitation of prison learners.

Recommendations from the Coates Review included improving access to and use of technology within prison education provision. The ultimate aim is the improvement of the digital literacy and hence employability and rehabilitation of the prison population. The research report has now been published and includes examples of successful use of ICT to support learning in prison.

Leading the way

Saj Mahmood is part of a revolution in education. He is part of a dedicated team of highly skilled professionals from Novus (formally known as The Manchester College’s Justice Sector) aiming to redefine education services offered in prisons and secure establishments.

Read more in the first edition of the Foundation's offender learning newsletter.

Watch our short video or read the Using Technology chapter in our teaching and learning toolkit guide introducing you to some of the resources below and raising key questions for you to consider. You can request printed copies of a wide variety of our free resources by completing this order form.

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