Liz Truss, the Secretary of State for Justice, has visited HMP Thameside to tour the Novus education facilities.
The MP for South West Norfolk spent more than two hours at the London prison, during which time she met with a number of Novus colleagues and learners.
Ms Truss started her tour in the print workshop before heading to one of the ESOL classrooms, where learners were studying English and Maths at ESOL level.
The next stage of the visit took in a Functional Skills English Level 1 and Level 2 class, prior to a trip to the library, where book clubs regularly feature appearances by guest authors.
A question and answer session with Novus colleagues and prison staff concluded the tour.
Pam Fricker, Novus Education Manager at HMP Thameside, said: “It was a very positive visit and I am delighted that the Secretary of State for Justice was able to see so many different elements of our provision.”