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Prisons: Education

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 136955, tabled on 23 April 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what data his Department holds on prisoners' Personal Learning Plans; and what such data his Department plans to hold in future.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

1 May 2018

Personal learning plans are created to map out a prisoner’s journey through education whilst in custody, aiming to provide them with the skills and knowledge needed to realise their employment and other aspirations and ultimately, decrease the chance of reoffending. Should a prisoner’s need include being educated on hate crime, it will form part of this plan.

To promote prisoner ownership of learning plans, they are delivered locally in a paper-based manner, so a prisoner can physically have their own plan. We are seeking to introduce a digital element to this system so that information can be collated and analysed, informing education programme developments and providing data on prisoner achievements, through which governors can be held to account.