All prisoners meet with a member of our prison education department within two weeks of coming into prison. We show them the facilities and ask about their education and work background.
We encourage all new prisoners to take literacy and numeracy tests so that we can help them find courses at the right level.
Prisoners can take lessons in basic English and maths, and also have the chance to take adult literacy and numeracy exams.
We also offer the ‘Toe by Toe’ scheme. Toe by Toe mentors are prisoners who are trained to encourage and support prisoners with little or no reading skills.
ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
We offer weekly lessons for prisoners who speak English as a second language.
Prisoners can sit exams in English from beginner to advanced levels.
We offer training and support for prisoners to take:
- the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)
- level 1 qualifications in IT through the National Open College Network
ECDL is an internationally recognised qualification which allows you to demonstrate your computer skills.
Prisoners can get help and support with ECDL and basic computer skills in the prison's library and education centre (LEC).
Our open learning tutor helps prisoners to find distance learning courses and supports them on these courses.
All prisoners who want to start a distance learning course must take literacy and numeracy tests so that we can find them a course at the right level.
Some prisoners may be able to get funding through the prisoner education network.
We offer an ongoing programme of art lessons and prisoners can study towards a National Open College Network Diploma in art.
The prison holds a yearly art exhibition which is open to the public.
Trade workshops and qualifications
We offer prisoners courses in:
- painting and decorating
- carpentry and joinery
- brickwork and block work
Prisoners can also do courses and qualifications in industrial cleaning via the British Institute of Cleaning Science, as well as City and Guilds qualifications.
Physical education courses
All prisoners can take part in regular fitness and activity sessions, and they can also choose to do physical education training and courses.
We offer the chance for prisoners to do accredited coaching awards in football, cricket and volleyball, as well as courses leading to qualification for the Register of Exercise Professionals
We offer ongoing courses on other subjects, including life skills, Spanish, drama, financial management, cooking and healthy eating.
We continually develop these courses to match prisoners’ needs and interests.