Overview

The Current State of Education in Prisons – Trends in Prisoner Outcomes, Progress Made Since the Coates Review and Implementing the White Paper

With almost half of the prison population estimated to have no school qualifications and 60% of offenders leaving prison with no identifiable education or employability outcomes, delegates will assess the current state of education and training provision available in the UK justice system, particularly in the context of at the time of Dame Sally’s review, Ofsted rated 27 prisons as requiring improvement. Delegates will also discuss how far the Government’s White Paper will go to address concerns, including how to implement a core common curriculum across the estate, the potential impact of a new Prison Service ‘Teach First’ Recruitment Scheme to attract skilled graduates to the sector, as well as how an annual league table of prison performance, alongside individual prisoner learning plans, might drive up standards. Delegates will also look at the role Ofsted, exam boards and others have in designing, improving and delivering prison education.

Education and Training: The Silver Bullet of Recidivism? – Rehabilitation, Reducing Reoffending and Reintegration into Society

Delegates will consider the role of education in the prison system, and how better education of prisoners can reduce reoffending rates, help reintegrate offenders back into their communities on release and improve employment outcomes for those with a criminal record. Delegates will hear about the recommendations from the recent House of Commons Work & Pensions Select Committee report on Support for ex-offenders, particularly assessing whether current employment and education programmes provide sufficient support to ensure ex-offenders can be reintegrated into the workplace and put them in good stead to find work opportunities on release. Sessions will also discuss how to change employer attitudes towards those with a criminal record, given that 50% of employers are unlikely to even consider offering an ex-offender a job, and assess whether reducing the National Insurance contributions of those employers actively employing former prisoners could be a successful incentive.

Making it Easier to Improve the Standard and Availability of Prisoner Education – Giving More Power to Governors, Creating Partnerships and the Role of Apprenticeships

Sessions will also look at how to improve upon existing education programmes being delivered in prisons, particularly through the creation and cultivation of partnerships with universities, colleges, local authorities and employers. Delegates will look at how data can be better utilised to identify labour market gaps in local areas surrounding prison estates so that Governors can choose to offer course better suited to their prison to help offenders into employment, as well as how the Release on Temporary License can be used to offer work placements within local businesses. Attendees will also consider how the probation service, Prison Work Coaches and National Careers Service advisors could better work together to offer more comprehensive advice and guidance to prisoners looking to further their education and employment opportunities. Sessions will also discuss the Government’s pledge, from April 2017, to give Governors more power and responsibility over the budgets and decisions for education provision once current contracts end and assess how this will allow for a more revitalised and tailored education system as well as how the new Prisoner Apprenticeships Pathway might work in practice.


Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Coffee and Networking

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair and Policy-UK Welcoming remarks

 

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Lord Ramsbotham Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Penal Affairs

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09:05 - 09:30
Reforming Prison Education

 

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Nina Champion Head of Policy, Prisoners' Education Trust

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09:30 - 10:30
Building on Existing Provision: Designing and Implementing New Contracts, Support for Officers and Partnerships with External Parties

 
    • A year on, how well are the recommendations from the Coates Review being implemented so far, what have been the challenges of doing so and what further opportunities are being explored?
    • Does the Prison Safety and Reform White Paper go far enough to reform the current prison system and radically improve the quality and suitability of the educational programmes available in prisons?
    • What is the role of Governors, Ofsted, exam boards and others in designing, improving and delivering prison education, particularly in the context of the forthcoming expiration of current contracts and the Government’s pledge to give Governors more responsibility over budgets and decisions? Would an annual league table of prison performance, alongside individual prisoner learning plans, drive up standards? Should there be a core common curriculum across the estate state and if so how can be achieved?
    • What is expected of a new Prison Service Graduate Recruitment Scheme, what benefits are there to hiring graduates and how can they be attracted to the prison service? What more should be done to support and retrain existing staff and empower the current workforce to play an active role in rehabilitation?
    • How could the creation and cultivation of partnerships with universities, colleges, local authorities and employers help improve and deliver high quality education programmes? What lessons can be learnt from existing successful partnerships?
    • What would be the main benefits of widening the range of vocational programmes and how could the new Prisoner Apprenticeships Pathway work in practice?

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    Angela Cairns CEO, Shannon Trust

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    Dr Ruth Armstrong and Dr Amy Ludlow Learning Together, University of Cambridge

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    Angela Nartey Policy Officer, University and College Union

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    10:30 - 10:55
    Ensuring the Delivery of High Quality Education

     

    10:55 - 11:00
    Chair’s Closing Comments

     

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    Lord Ramsbotham Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Penal Affairs

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    11:00 - 11:25
    Refreshments and Networking break

     

    11:25 - 11:30
    The Chair’s Welcome Back

     

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    Kirstine Szifris

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    11:30 - 11:55
    Support for Ex-Offenders: Does Prison Education Work?

     

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    Anne Willmot Director of Employment for Excluded Groups, Business in the Community

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    11:55 - 12:55
    Looking Towards Life After Prison: Education and its Role in Rehabilitation, Changing Attitudes and Ensuring Employment Outcomes

     
      • How significant is the role of education and training in reducing reoffending and how important is it to create a learning culture within prisons? How can prisoners be more informed about the relationship between education and rehabilitation and encouraged to see the worth in training schemes?
      • What is being done to change employer attitudes towards those with a criminal record and encourage them to hire ex-offenders? Would reducing the National Insurance contributions of employers actively employing former prisoners, for example, act as a successful incentive for business?
      • How can the recommendations of the House of Commons Work & Pensions Select Committee report on Support for ex-offenders be implemented to improve employment outcomes for those leaving prison? What can be done to increase cohesion between education providers and employment support to create the clear and consistent path ex-offenders need which was highlighted as lacking during the inquiry? How can the probation service, Prison Work Coaches and National Careers Service advisors work together more effectively to offer more comprehensive advice and guidance to prisoners? 
      • What can be learnt from successful schemes which link local employment needs to programmes within prison and ensure offenders have the best possible chance to achieve positive work outcomes on release? How is the Release on Temporary License being used to enable offenders to gain work placements within local businesses and experience valuable for securing employment on release?


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        Mark Sillery Director of Support & Mentoring, The Clink Charity

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        Andy McBride Head of Resourcing and People Shared Services, Halfords

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        Christopher Stacey Co-Director, Unlock

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        12:55 - 13:00
        Chair’s and Policy-UK’s Thanks

         

        End

        Speakers

        Angela Cairns CEO, Shannon Trust

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        Nina Champion Head of Policy, Prisoners' Education Trust

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        Dr Ruth Armstrong and Dr Amy Ludlow Learning Together, University of Cambridge

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        Andy McBride Head of Resourcing and People Shared Services, Halfords

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        Angela Nartey Policy Officer, University and College Union

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        Lord Ramsbotham Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Penal Affairs

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        Mark Sillery Director of Support & Mentoring, The Clink Charity

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        Christopher Stacey Co-Director, Unlock

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        Kirstine Szifris

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        Anne Willmot Director of Employment for Excluded Groups, Business in the Community

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        No.11 Cavendish Square No.11 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0AN

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