Novus, HMP Deerbolt, HMP Durham, HMP Frankland, HMP Holme House, HMP Kirklevington Grange, HMP Low Newton & HMP Northumberland
Evidence of improvement in learners’ achievements, retention and progression.
Across all seven projects, prison learners have been involved in testing approaches and validating findings. For example, female prisoners at HMP Low Newton helped develop and evaluate activities being planned for family visits and prisoners undertaking vocational training completed practical assessment tasks with embedded English and maths. The team at HMP Low Newton found that prisoners, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and carers, felt unable to support their children’s learning and development on family days because they didn’t understand, e.g. the Key Stages, SATs or new GCSE curricula. Similarly, the team identified that some schools found it difficult to connect children’s learning and development with that of their family members in prison. This work has led to Novus taking part in a new OTLA project in the region, focussing on how to share information about learning in schools and prisons on a digital platform.
In prison contexts such as HMP Low Newton, improved engagement in education is a key success measure, as many prisoners who might benefit from education support prefer not to enter classrooms and opt/ are sent to work instead. In at least two of the projects, prisoner engagement in education improved.