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

Over the years we have built a reputation as an innovator 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 the course of more than 20 years, while 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. We’ve come a long way 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 at locations across the UK.

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

We are a high performing provider of education, training and employability services to prisoners and offenders. The latest inspections by HMIP and Ofsted of our provision in prisons graded 80% 'good' or 'outstanding'.

What we do

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.

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 partnerships with visionary charities and local employers, to innovative projects with partner organisations and national businesses, 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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Our Locations

Novus delivers education, training and employability services to more than 65,000 offenders in over 60 sites across the UK.

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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Latest Policies & Papers

Rapid Evidence Assessment of Offender Learning in Prisons

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Literacy and Numeracy among prisoners

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Novus is proud to have built successful and effective partnerships that work to the benefit of over 65,000 learners annually.

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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