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Education: Prisoners

Volume 471: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what courses are offered to offenders serving custodial sentences. (178086)

The information requested is not collected centrally.

Offender learning is currently delivered through the Learning and Skills Council-led Offenders Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) delivery arrangements introduced in July 2006. This includes an ‘Offender's Learning Journey’ which sets out a broader richer curriculum offer, comparable to that found in the outside community. Provision is demand led with individual learner needs identified through an early intense assessment process and development of an individual learning plan (ILP) which sets out how individual learner needs will be met.

In addition to this, higher education courses are available to those who are both suitable and eligible to participate.