Graduates will be sent into jails to teach prisoners

The London Evening Standard is reporting that top graduates will be drafted in to teach in prisons as part of a major shake-up of education behind bars announced today by Michael Gove. 

The Justice Secretary will also give prison governors full control of the curriculum in their jail and each inmate will have a personalised learning plan. 

The aim is to improve rehabilitation and ensure more prisoners get skills to help them find jobs and keep away from crime after their release.

The plans, unveiled today in the Queen’s Speech, follow a review of prison education by former headteacher Dame Sally Coates and a string of inspectors’ reports over the years which have highlighted low standards of teaching in jails.

Mr Gove said graduate teachers, recruited to work in prisons under a new “fast-track” scheme, would inspire inmates and provide high-quality education… 

“The current standard of education in prisons is not good enough. Quality is patchy, prisoners are not being given the skills and knowledge they need to find jobs.”

More at: Graduates will be sent into jails to teach prisoners in education shake-up by Michael Gove

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Dame Sally Coates is the author of Headstrong: 11 Lessons of School Leadership, published by John Catt Educational.

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  1. jwscattergood

    educationbear SchoolsImprove The trouble is where do they find these graduates. Goves Pankhurst ‘maximum security’ Academy becomes reality

  2. CherylSalmon

    «Sigh». Hasn’t he learned anything about learning from his sojourn at the DfE?! It’s not about how highly academic you are, it’s whether you can engage learners and put across learning in a way they can access. «Sigh again».

  3. CherylSalmon

    And another thing…what most prisoners need (and yes I
    have worked with offenders)  is help to CHANGE THEIR THINKING – programmes
    like the Pacific Institute’ s Investment in Excellence to help
    them avoid recidivism and become successful adults.

  4. wasateacher

    CherylSalmon I was about to make the same comment.  Empathy and experience, as well as qualifications, are essential.  Gove’s scheme for getting graduates with 1st class honours degrees into school classrooms failed, why would it work in prison classrooms.

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