Wormwood Scrubs Prison

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 5th February 2015.

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Photo of Jenny Chapman Jenny Chapman Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the budget of the education department for HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs was in each year from 2010.

Photo of Jenny Chapman Jenny Chapman Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many inmates were enrolled in teaching or training in the art, design and media department in HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs when it was closed down.

Photo of Jenny Chapman Jenny Chapman Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what changes there have been to the budget of the education department at HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs since January 2014.

Photo of Nicholas Boles Nicholas Boles The Minister for Universities and Science, Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Jointly with the Department for Education)

Learning and skills at HMP Wormwood Scrubs has been delivered by a number of providers, through contracts let by the Skills Funding Agency, during this period. For the academic years 2010/11 and 2011/12, the Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) contract for London was held by Kensington and Chelsea College. For the academic years 2012/13, 2013/14 and the first part of 2014/15, the OLASS contract was held by A4e Ltd. From 2 February 2015, The Manchester College has held the OLASS contract for London.

The Skills Funding Agency introduced funding changes that base payment to providers on learner achievement when new prison education contracts (OLASS4) commenced in August 2012. Prior to this, providers were paid on the basis of the teaching hours they were programmed to deliver. Direct comparisons between OLASS funding prior to the 2012/13 academic year and now cannot be made.

The table below sets out OLASS initial contract values for HMP Wormwood Scrubs from the 2012/13 academic year.

Academic Year

OLASS initial contract values for HMP Wormwood Scrubs

2012/13

£1,112,600

2013/14

£1,581,000

2014/15

£1,360,600

Notes:

1) Figures rounded to nearest 000s

2) In 2012/13 the Agency did not include details of prison level allocations within its contract documentation. The figure given is representative of the proportion of funding available for use at the prison for adult OLASS programme.

3) In 2013/14 the Agency included details of prison level allocations within its contract documentation. This sets out the value expected to be used for delivery of adult OLASS programme at the prison.

4) In 2014/15 the Agency has held 2 contracts for delivery of adult OLASS. The first contract was for the period 1 August 2014 to 31 January 2015. The second is for the period 1 February 2015 to 31 July 2015. The figure given is for the adult OLASS programme elements of these contracts for use at the prison.

The overall value of the OLASS contract for HMP Wormwood Scrubs changed, during the 2013/14 academic year and after January 2014, as set out in the table below.

Initial contract for 2013/14 for HMP Wormwood Scrubs

£1,581,000

Variation 1

£1,852,000

Variation 2

£979,000

Notes:

1) Figures rounded to nearest 000s

Art, Design and Media Studies were taught at HMP Wormwood Scrubs as part of the OLASS learning offer during the first part of the 1014/15 academic year: there was no art, design and media department at the prison. Following an Ofsted inspection and a curriculum review, a local decision was taken to withdraw provision for art, design and media studies and to focus delivery more on maths and English. We do not hold prison-level learner enrolment information centrally.

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