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Shackles to be removed from prison education

Governors gain flexibility to select appropriate training for offenders in their care

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One year after being released from prison, only 17 per cent of offenders have found a job.

This perhaps shouldn’t come as a surprise: more than half of the people who enter prison have English and maths skills no better than the standard expected of an 11-year-old. For many, the situation does not improve much during their incarceration: in 2016-17, Ofsted rated 44 per cent of prisons as “requiring improvement” or as “inadequate” for their education provision.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is concerned that too many prisoners are reaching the end of their sentences without securing basic ...

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