For more than two decades, we have been delivering education, training and employment opportunities to adults and young people in England's prisons.

Over the years we have built a reputation as an innovator and leading light in the fight to reduce re-offending rates by transforming people's lives through learning and skills.

In September 2015 we launched our new organisation, Novus, as a response to feedback from colleagues, partners and stakeholders. As a standalone organisation within the LTE group, we are becoming even more focused on the justice landscape, giving us a greater opportunity to respond to our customer and stakeholder needs. We will build on our unique sector experience, developed over 20 years, whilst retaining the trust and capability that comes with being part of the group, with access to the wider group services, including our significant Apprenticeship programmes.

Over the years our role within the justice sector has grown and diversified. From our starting point as a provider of prison education in nine prisons in the North West and Yorkshire, to our current position as a provider of education, training and employability services to prisoners and offenders in the community in over 100 locations in England.

As we move forward under the new banner of Novus, we have a great opportunity to build on our heritage whilst strengthening our position as experts in the sector. We are laying the foundations for change and leading the way as a new not-for-profit social enterprise, the first in our sector, with new and innovative approaches.

We are the top performing provider of education, training and employability services to prisoners and offenders in the country. The latest inspections by HMIP and Ofsted of our provision in prisons graded 80% 'good' or 'outstanding', the complete reverse of the national figure of just 33% identified in the 2014/15 HMIP Annual Report.

Novus In Custody

A custodial sentence is a life-changing event, but it is also an opportunity to change. Novus facilitates this by providing high quality offender education, training and employability services, underpinned by functional English and Maths.

88% Success rate for our Offender Learning Courses

Novus provides young people with the chance to change

Novus offers children and young people in custody the opportunity to change. The Government is tackling the root cause of youth crime with an unprecedented package of education and training for young offenders, and Novus is fully supporting the reducing re-offending agenda.

While we strive to prepare offenders for more education or employment, in youth custody there is also a strong emphasis on social and personal development, being a good citizen, and independent living skills.


Our services extend beyond the prison walls, changing the lives of those at risk of offending and those whose journey back to a life free from crime is continuing 'through the gate'.

From Community Payback to Approved Premises, from partnerships with visionary charities to projects with partner organisations, Novus delivers education and training to improve an individual’s confidence and their employability. We give purpose and hope to those whose lives have been blighted by criminal behaviour.

We believe that through education and support people can achieve their full potential and contribute positively to their families, their communities, society and the UK economy.

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Novus delivers education, training and employability services to more than 65,000 offenders in over 100 sites across the UK within prisons, Approved Premises and the community.

We have expanded our services after being awarded a number of new contracts, enabling us to help more children, young people and adults to lead crime-free lives.

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Partner with us

Novus is proud to have built successful and effective partnerships that work to the benefit of over 65,000 of our learners within prisons, Approved Premises and the community.

From the long-standing working relationships to the more recent partnerships we have forged, we are delighted to join forces in transforming the lives of children, young people and adults through the provision of high quality learning and employability skills.

Working with the Ministry of Justice, the Youth Justice Board and the National Offender Management Service as well as a wide range of visionary charities and organisations, we strive to raise our learners’ aspirations, support them back into purposeful activity, prepare them for the world of work and consequently reduce the risk of reoffending.

Our partners offer crucial strategic input into the delivery of our services and provide an insight into their sector, ensuring Novus evolves and our work remains of the highest quality.

We are always open to new and innovative ways to extend our reach and put even more people on the path to a crime-free future, so if you are interested in partnering with us please get in touch.

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