Prisons: Teachers

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 24th June 2019.

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Photo of Imran Hussain Imran Hussain Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many teachers were employed in prisons on (a) 31 December 2010, (b) 31 December 2018 and (c) 31 May 2019.

Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Education contracts were not managed by the Ministry of Justice prior to November 2016, so we are unable to provide figures for 31 December 2010.

The following figures were reported by Prison Education Framework providers and are correct as of 20 June 2019. The number of teachers employed in establishments with publicly funded education services across England is provided below:


Number of teachers employed

31 December 2018 (services delivered under the Offender Learning and Skills Services contracts)


31 May 2019 (services delivered under the Prison Education Framework contracts)


We must ensure that offenders leave prison with the basic skills that are essential to entering the workplace and with the skills employers need. That is why we have put governors in full control of the education provided in their prisons so that they can tailor it, both to their specific populations and for the local jobs market.

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