Brain Cells: Listening to prisoner learners (First Edition)

Published: Jan 2009

Prisoners Education Trust, Inside Time, RBE Consultancy Ltd

This 2009 report gives a snapshot of attitudes towards education in prison and the activities undertaken in prison education departments. Based on the survey responses of prisoners, responders affirm strongly the support they receive from prison education staff. Many prisoners act in voluntary roles supporting other learners with many aiming to continue learning after release. This report highlights the challenges facing education in prisons, in particular the need to encourage prison officers in their support for prisoner learning; the need to ensure continuity of learning when prisoners are transferred; and the need to make better use of ICT as a tool for learning.