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Prisons: Education

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 16 October 2007, Official Report, column 954W, on prisons: education, when the randomised control trial of enhanced thinking skills will be published. (181274)

The evaluation of HM Prison Service accredited Enhanced Thinking Skills (ETS) programme (The Treatment Chance Project—TCP) aims to examine the impact of ETS courses on impulsivity in adult male offenders over the age of 18, and to investigate whether changes in levels of impulsivity were reflected in changes in prison behaviour.

The TCP was conducted as a Randomised Control Trial (RCT), and as such is the first large-scale RCT evaluating the impact of ETS in prisons.

The draft report is at the peer review stage, with publication scheduled for April 2008.