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Young Offenders: Literacy

Question for Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

UIN HL7573, tabled on 12 April 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many young offenders in prison have been recorded as improving their standard of literacy during their sentence in each of the last five years.

Answered on

26 April 2016

Table 1 shows the number of offender learners aged 18 to 21 that undertook and achieved a learning aim in English from 2010/11 to 2014/15 in prisons in England.

Table 1: Offender Learners aged 18 to 21 – English Achievements (2011/12 to 2014/15) – Learner Volumes

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

English Achievements

3,000

3,100

1,700

2,200

2,000

Notes:

1) Volumes are rounded to the nearest hundred.

2) The data source is the Individualised Learner Record.

3) Offender learners are defined as offenders aged 18 or over that participated in Skills Funding Agency funded learning while in the prison system. These offenders were funded via the Offenders' Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) budget.

4) Age is reported as at 31 August of the academic year.

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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills