Our Prison Education Service

At PeoplePlus Justice we’re committed to tackling the underlying causes of offending, and to transform the lives of offenders. To achieve this, we deliver programmes of support that help those in prison or serving a sentence in the community access prison education.

Our programmes deal with the root causes of offender behaviour, helping people to live improved lives and make a positive contribution to society.

Today we employ over 320 people supporting prisoners with their education across the East of England and 270 people working in the community helping to rehabilitate offenders.

For over 15 years we have delivered high-quality rehabilitation and offender management services on behalf of the Ministry of Justice, Department for Work and Pensions, Skills Funding Agency, National Offender Management Service and through European Social Funds.

OLASS Case studies – where prison education really works.

Paul completed HMP Wayland’s Level 2 Diploma in Highway Maintenance in 2016. Whilst attending our job club, he was interviewed by the Kier group and they agreed to put him through their ‘Making Ground’ scheme. Recently we’ve heard Paul is completing a 2-year apprenticeship as a highways operative.

Christopher worked in our classic car restoration unit at HMP Littlehey and on release, he acquired a 2,600 square foot body shop in the South West. He is now self-employed, with a commercial truck and bus contract repair centre.

Working with Partners

We have identified and worked closely with a series of partners who can add value to our core offer. These are specialist organisations who have a passion, flair and commitment to working in the adult education sector in prisons.

Working with Employers

We have held three roundtable events across the UK and invited employers to consider recruiting ex-prisoners to their work force. We have talked about our own ‘ban the box’ initiative and advocated that employers do the same.

Ban The Box means we don’t ask those who apply for work with PeoplePlus to disclose their criminal convictions until we have offered them a role. This means the recruitment process is fair and equal for all applicants, regardless of their background.

By engaging with employers large and small, we have been able to discuss their ability to influence curriculum design, support staff teaching in prisons through CPD opportunities and visit prisons to talk to our learners about the reality of employment.

Working with Service Users

We have established an ex-service user group. These are the people who understand the importance and power of prison education, as well as all the obstacles that can prevent participation, deter achievement and halt progress. We want to continue working with this group and their input will be an important feature of our Governance arrangements.

We believe change needs to be driven by ex-service users for current service users.

We are entering a period of teaching and learning innovation never experienced before in prisons. We are determined that those seeking to use education to help their desistance journey have access to the highest quality learning opportunities through inspiring teachers and great resources

Lorna Poll
Head of Prison Education

For more information email justice@peopleplus.co.uk

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