Education and Skills Committee

Prison Education

The Education and Skills Committee has announced the second strand of its inquiry into Skills - Prison Education. The terms of reference are:

To explore the extent to which the present organisation of prison education enables and encourages inmates to engage in educational activity, increase their knowledge and skills and to examine the effectiveness of basic skills and vocational training in prisons and the extent to which this provision prepares prisoners for life in the community. 

With particular reference to:

•  The assessment of prisoners’ needs on conviction

•  The effectiveness of local contracting arrangements

•  The provision of appropriate training facilities within prisons

•  The role of prison staff in supporting educational activities

•  Links with employers and employer led initiatives

•  Continuing support and guidance on release, including coordination with local providers

•  Education, training and support for those on probation.

The Committee will begin taking formal evidence for this inquiry in June. Written submissions are welcome and should arrive no later than Monday 21 June. A guide for written submissions to the Committee may be found on the parliamentary website at:

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to with an additional paper copy to:

David Lloyd, Clerk, Education and Skills Select Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London  SW1P 3JA

Over the next few months, the Committee will be announcing further strands to this inquiry, looking at:

•  funding and organisation of skills training;

•  modern apprenticeships and standards; and

•  quality in skills training.