Delivering education into prisons

We understand that when it comes to delivering education into prisons, it can be challenging to meet a wide range of learning and regional needs; finding quality solutions which improve the prospect of real job outcomes for ex-offenders.

With this in mind, NCFE is able to offer an end-to-end learning solution providing the foundation for a pathway to sustainable employment and helping those leaving prison to reintegrate into society.  Our solutions are flexible enough to accommodate regional differences to meet short and long term LEP priorities, and we also have strong relationships with employers in a range of sectors to facilitate useful partnerships.

NCFE has a vast amount of experience in delivering educational solutions into prisons and currently supports all of the main Prison Education Framework (PEF) providers. We work with all four main Prime contract holders – Milton Keynes College, Weston College, NOVUS and PeoplePlus – as well as providers working directly with prison governors and prisons procuring delivery services.


Our qualification offering

Getting creative. A range of creative qualifications at entry level through to level 3 to accommodate different interest areas including art and design, graphic design, interactive media, music technology and more. Find out more

From learning to work. Employability Skills and Occupational Studies at entry level through to level 2 to prepare learners for a competitive labour market. Occupational Studies contain 10 different vocational pathways within them to give people a taste of different career journeys.  Find out more

Developing skills for life Qualifications to support wellbeing and personal and social interaction such as mentoring, information, advice and guidance, well-being, personal and social development. These qualifications also include developing transferable / meta skills such as resilience, communication and critical thinking, to support ex-offenders succeed in the workplace, regardless of industry or sector. Find out more

Tailor-made training. Unregulated solutions through NCFE’s Accreditation and Employer Services enable your bespoke programme of learning to be recognised by an Awarding Organisation.  Find out more

Building blocks. We can help learners get the foundation for progression into work across a range of sectors including catering and hospitality, retail, creative, design and digital, sport, public services and travel, business, administration and management.  Find out more

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Improving outcomes for prisoners

You might find it interesting to read this government research and review relating to prison education programmes and whether they improve outcomes for prisoners.

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Did you know?

  • 24% of prisoners have been in the care system
  • 42% of adult prisoners were permanently excluded from school
  • Nearly 1/3 of prisoners self-identified as having a learning disability
  • 46% of prisoners are at a primary school level of English and maths

*Statistics from Coates Review, 2016

Quality education in prisons…

  • Reduces reoffending
  • Increases chances of finding work
  • Increases wellbeing and feelings of self-worth
  • Supports relationships and a positive culture and environment.