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Education: Young Offender Institutions

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many young offenders were assessed on reception into custody as having literacy and numeracy skills below level one at each young offender institution in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement; (219242)

(2) what proportion of young people entering secure facilities were tested for literacy and numeracy skills in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement;

(3) what proportion of people in young offender institutions had a reading age of (a) entry level 1 and 2 and (b) entry level 3 in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

The following table gives the number of young offenders who were assessed on reception into custody as having literacy and numeracy skills below level one (those assessed at Pre-entry Level, Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2 and Entry Level 3) at each Young Offender Institution in the last 12 months:

Establishment

Lit

Total

Ashfield

467

584

Brinsford

277

368

Castington

169

213

Cookham Wood

8

22

Downview

10

35

Eastwood Park

25

41

Eastwood Park

676

891

Foston

0

0

Hindley

164

226

Huntercombe

167

253

Lancaster Farms

185

263

New Hall

25

44

Parc

56

73

Parc

361

458

Thorn Cross

55

60

Warren Hill

365

391

Werrington

214

318

Wetherby

416

527

Total

4,309

5,992

The following table gives the number of juvenile young offenders assessed for literacy and numeracy skills on entry to custody in YOIs (data prior to 2003/04 are not available):

Percentage assessed

2003/04

100.0

2004/05

97.7

2005/06

95.1

2006/07

98.0

Data from the Learning and Skills Council’s (2006-07) initial literacy assessments on for juveniles in YOIs is as follows (data prior to 2006/07 are not available):

Entry level 1 and 2

Entry level 3

Below entry level 1

2006/07

1,367

2,219

54

2007/081

864

1,687

58

1 These figures are for August 2007 to May 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many hours per week of education young people in young offender institutions received on average in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement; (219246)

(2) what the attendance rate for timetabled education and training sessions in young offender institutions was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement;

(3) what proportion of young offenders supervised by young offender institutions are in full-time education, training or employment; and if he will make a statement.

The following table shows the average number of hours of education, training and personal development activity received by juvenile offenders in young offender institutions (YOIs) for all the years that YJB data are available:

Average hours per week

2004/05

24.5

2005/06

28.2

2006/07

26.2

The following table gives the attendance rates per establishment in 2006/07:

Establishment

Class efficiency

Ashfield

88.62

Brinsford

84.91

Castington

86.98

Cookham Wood

61.59

Downview

85.31

Eastwood Park

82.71

Feltham

84.15

Hindley

70.19

Huntercombe

72.26

Lancaster Farms

72.13

New Hall

73.70

Parc

92.27

Stoke Heath

81.80

Thorn Cross

76.04

Warren Hill

85.62

Werrington

84.69

Wetherby

82.65

Data on the proportion of juvenile offenders supervised by YOIs who are in full-time education, training or employment are not collected in the format requested. Under the Offenders Learning and Skills Service (OLASS), each young offender has an entitlement to 25 hours of education, training and personal development activity per week. The Youth Justice Board collect data on the average number of hours delivered across YOIs and the latest figures are shown above.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what targets his Department has set to improve the educational provision and performance of young offender institutions; what progress has been made towards meeting these targets; when each such target is to be met; and if he will make a statement. (219247)

The Department for Children, Schools and Families does not set central targets to improve the educational provision and performance of young offender institutions. The Youth Justice Board (YJB) sets and monitors the following performance indicators for education in Young Offender Institutions (YOIs):

Assessment: All young people entering a secure facility are assessed for literacy and numeracy.

Progression: 80 per cent. of young people must improve by one skill level or more in literacy and/or numeracy from the level of need set out in the individual learning plan. In YOIs this indicator relates to young people on DTOs of 12 months or more.

Training plans: All young people entering a secure facility must have a training plan developed and subsequently reviewed in accordance with the “YJB’s National Standards for Youth Justice Services”.

Hours of education and training: to ensure that young people in YOIs receive an average of 25 hours training and personal development activity per week.

The following table shows the performance against these YJB targets for the years for which data are available:

Assessment (percentage)

Progression (percentage)

Training plans (percentage)

Hours of education and training

2003/04

100.0

52.0

n/a

n/a

2004/05

97.7

41.87

93.0

24.50

2005/06

95.1

42.5

80.5

28.24

2006/07

98.0

36.1

94.4

26.20

We have published proposals to improve the education and training young offenders receive in the Youth Crime Action Plan on 15 July.