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Prison education - unlocking futures

UCU prison educators: unlocking futures

25 June 2024

Prison education is in crisis. The funding model does not work. There are big recruitment and retention problems. Prison educators change lives and deserve better pay and conditions. UCU is demanding major changes.

UCU's vision for prison education UCU IS CALLING FOR

  • a comprehensive review of the current operation of the Prison Education Framework (PEF) and the prison education curriculum before the Prison Education Service (PES) contract is rolled out.
  • UCU to be consulted by the MoJ on this and other prison education matters.
  • a prison education service that is overseen by the DfE as a national prison education service and on a not-for-profit basis.
  • a comprehensive review of the recommendations from the Coates review in order to inform these current proposals.
  • the implementation of the Joint Unions in Prison Alliance recommendations [129kb] for safer prisons.
  • a national contract for prison education staff and professional respect and parity of esteem with FE.
  • HM Treasury to confirm the application of Fair New Deal for pensions as a matter of urgency.

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For further information on the campaign, or to get involved, please contact Ronnie Kershaw.

Last updated: 26 June 2024