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Wormwood Scrubs Prison

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 222423, tabled on 28 January 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the decision was taken to close the art, design and media department in HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs.

Answered on

4 February 2015

Art, Design and Media Studies were taught at HMP Wormwood Scrubs as part of the learning offer under the Offenders’ Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) arrangements, although there was no actual art, design and media department at the prison.

Following an Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) report, and a curriculum review under the OLASS arrangements, and after consultation with Ofsted, the Skills Funding Agency and A4e (the then OLASS provider), a local decision was taken in November 2014 to withdraw provision for Art, Design and Media Studies at the prison and to focus delivery more on literacy and numeracy. The subjects were withdrawn in January 2015.