Now more usually referred to as offender learning. The policy for the education and training of offenders was set out by the Department for Education and Skills and the national Learning and Skills Council in the Offenders Learning and Skills Policy, which now fall under the remit of the Department for Innovation, Universities, and Skills. The policy relating to younger offenders, the School Age Offender Policy, is under the aegis of the Department for Children, Schools, and Families. For both groups of offenders the teaching of literacy and numeracy are of primary concern, although education and training at all levels is made available as appropriate to offenders serving custodial sentences. All are entitled to a minimum of 30 hours' education and training, with an emphasis on the acquisition of skills for employment. The curriculum is managed and coordinated by a director of learning and skills within the institution, who is responsible directly to the governor. Some teaching in prisons is done on a voluntary basis, particularly in the area of basic literacy skills.
http://www.lsneducation.org.uk/JustLearning/OLJ/index.html Provides access to the document The Offender's Learning Journey: Learning and Skills Provision for Adult Offenders in England.
http://www.dfes.gov.uk/offenderlearning/uploads/documents/05%200111_Juvenile_OLJ%20v04.doc Provides access to the document The Offender's Learning Journey: Learning and Skills Provision for Juvenile Offenders in England.