We are delighted to share the latest Ofsted report from HMP Haverigg. Novus are the prison education provider at this establishment and work collaboratively with prison colleagues and other organisations to provide the best outcomes for our learners and this Good rating for the prison is testament to everyone’s hard work.
Congratulations to everyone at HMP Haverigg and those who support their work across Novus and HMPPS, it’s a real team effort to be this high performing and it is making a real difference to learner outcomes.
Providing learning and development opportunities for colleagues makes a difference
There were many great comments throughout the report, including this one:
“The prison education framework (PEF) provider, Novus, has put in place a successful curriculum that meets the needs of the population. Prisoners benefit from a well-planned and well-taught curriculum that is sequenced in a logical way. Leaders and managers put in place appropriate support for tutors, including external mentoring and training in topics such as assessments at the start of the course and how to provide effective feedback. Leaders and tutors accurately identify prisoners’ starting points at the start of their courses. They complete a comprehensive assessment that identifies what prisoners already know and can do. This enables tutors to challenge prisoners effectively to reach their full potential.”
CPD and learning and development are at the absolute heart of what we do, so to have the effectiveness of it acknowledged by Ofsted is great to see. We have even more plans for expanding our CPD offer, so can’t wait to continue to improve the quality of teaching across our establishments further in coming months and years.
Support for Neurodiverse learners
We know that a large proportion of prison learners have Neurodiverse needs, so acknowledgement of the good support that they receive highlights the importance of creating an education system that meets the needs of learners, helping them to thrive, here’s what Ofsted had to say on this area:
“Prisoners with additional learning needs (ALN) are supported well by education and vocational training staff to make good progress on their course and achieve their qualifications. Tutors recap topics frequently to help prisoners with short-term memory loss to retain and recall previous learning.”
Strong and effective leadership is vital to good outcomes
Ofsted acknowledged the effectiveness of the link between education and employment outcomes on release: “Leaders and managers have created an ambitious curriculum that develops prisoners’ employability skills well.”
Having strong and effective leadership that really prioritises education and its impact on outcomes and rehabilitation is incredibly important and we would like to say thank you to the Governor and leadership team at HMP Haverigg for the support that they give us and the collaborative approach that has allowed for this Good effectiveness outcome to be possible.
If you would like to read the report in full you can do so here