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Guide for Learning, Skills and Employment Managers


This new guide is designed for managers who have responsibility for managing prison education under the new prison education reforms introduced in April 2019. At the forefront of these reforms is the empowered prison Governor, who has the freedom to set the strategic vision for their establishment’s education programme, and to ensure this is delivered in the best way for their learners. The governor’s senior team and wider prison staff play a key role in delivering the governor’s vision for education, skills and employment.

Those directly responsible for managing prison education may have extensive prison experience but limited experience of managing educational contracts, or they may be experienced in education but lack experience of working within a prison environment. This guide cannot provide answers to all the questions or situations that managers will face during this period of change but is intended as a reference document that will help guide them in the right direction.

Hard copies of this guide are available, please email