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Education: Young Offender Institutions

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what resources per head were allocated to (a) the Young Offender Institution estate and (b) Reading Young Offender Institution for the education of prisoners in each of the last five years. (295938)

The following table shows the calculated ‘spend on education per bed place’ in Young Offender Institutions (YOIs) by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) for each academic year, for which statistics are available. This includes learning delivered through the Offenders’ Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) to young people aged 15-17 in Prison Service Young Offender Institutions in England. The figures do not include spend on learning delivered outside the scope of LSC funded provision which is not collected centrally; neither does it include funding for young adults aged 18-20 in YOIs, as this information is not easily disaggregated (it would require information to be requested and compiled by each LSC region). The average spend per place has been calculated using the figures for the number of ‘beds’ commissioned in the Prison Service juvenile YOI secure estate as at the end of March in each of the relevant years.

£

Academic year

Calculated spend per bed place

2006/07

6,826

2007/08

7,556

2008/09

7,628

Prior to 2006/07 OLASS had not been rolled out nationally and therefore figures are not available.

The following table provides the total funding by the LSC for Reading Young Offender Institution, housing 18 to 20-year-olds, for the academic years for which figures are available. Education for those aged 18 and over in young adult custody is not compulsory and therefore allocations are not calculated on a ‘per head’ basis. These figures do not include spend on learning outside the scope of LSC funded provision. Those figures are not collected centrally.

£

Academic year

Total allocation

2006/07

568,771

2007/08

580,146

2008/09

1629,443

1 Includes £49,250 for the purchase of learning equipment.