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Ex-prisoners will tell MPs how education in prisons should be improved


Ex-prisoners will tell of their experiences of the education system in prisons during an Education Committee (@CommonsEd) evidence session on 2nd November. 

The five witnesses, all of whom have spent time in English prisons, are likely to be asked for their thoughts on how education and skills training could be better embedded in the prison system.

The session will explore issues such how easy is it for prisoners to access education, and the challenges ex-offenders face in finding employment.

It will be the fifth evidence session as part of the cross-party group of MPs’ inquiry into Prison Education.

This session will take place in a more informal roundtable format, where the five witnesses will join the Committee’s MPs and sit in the horseshoe.

This session will be available to watch on Parliament TV.

Witness schedule

Tuesday 2 November at 10am:

  • David Breakspear
  • Jonathan Gilbert
  • Kiri Joliffe
  • Femi Laryea-Adekimi
  • Ben Leapman 

Information about the inquiry can be found here

Committee Membership: Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP (Con, Harlow), Apsana Begum MP (Lab, Poplar and Limehouse), Miriam Cates MP (Con, Penistone and Stocksbridge), Brendan Clarke-Smith MP (Con, Bassetlaw), Tom Hunt MP (Con, Ipswich), Dr Caroline Johnson MP (Con, Sleaford and North Hykeham), Kim Johnson MP (Lab, Liverpool Riverside), Ian Mearns MP (Lab, Gateshead), Kate Osborne MP (Lab, Jarrow), Nicola Richards MP (Con, West Bromwich East), Christian Wakeford MP (Con, Bury South). 

The state of teaching in England’s prisons – Education Committee to question Ofsted and teaching providers 

17th Sept 2021: The Education Committee will continue its inquiry into prison education with a public evidence session on the standard of teaching in custody. 

The session will take place in two parts. Committee members will first question senior Ofsted officials, before hearing from witnesses who provide academic and vocational training in England’s prisons. 

The two panels will face questions on subjects such as the Prison Education Framework contract; Ofsted’s inspection regime; how to prioritise education in prisons; quality of teaching; challenges faced in providing a varied curriculum; and how to support offenders in finding employment. 

Witness schedule, Tuesday 21st September   

From 10am   

  • ·       Matthew Coffey, Chief Operating Officer at Ofsted 
  • ·       Paul Joyce, Deputy Director for Further Education and Skills at Ofsted  

From 10.45am  

  • ·       Peter Cox, Managing Director at Novus 
  • ·       Sally Alexander, Principal at Milton Keynes College 
  • ·       Andrea Greer, Deputy Principal at Weston College 
  • ·       Sophie Sterling, Business Development and Partnerships Director at People Plus 
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