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Exploring the history of prisoner education

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Exploring the history of prisoner education

This free course traces the history of prisoner education in Britain, which started at the turn of the nineteenth century with schemes to improve the literacy and numeracy of prisoners.

The course will be of particular interest to you if you teach in the prison sector, and you can gain a digital badge on completion.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand the history of prisoner education in the British Isles
  • recognise that especially literacy and numeracy programmes have been offered to prisoners in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes
  • understand the variety of ways in which prisoners responded to schemes for their educational improvement and rehabilitation
  • understand some of the ways in which the study of the past can aid policymaking and practice in the present.

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Find out more about the Essential Skills Inclusion Network for practitioners working in the prison sector

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