We deliver a range of education and training services to help those in custody gain the skills they need for employment after release, including English, Maths and Vocational Training. Novus also offer the option for ex-offenders to pursue higher level education and distance learning opportunities.
How does distance learning in prison work?
Learners who embark on a distance learning programme will have the support of a Novus colleague to help them tackle the day-to-day challenges of studying. They will be given dedicated time in their day to access course materials and complete assignments. Our learners fund the programmes themselves, providing them broader flexibility and ultimately providing a sense of responsibility in this learning process.
When developing and delivering higher level learning and distance learning, we work collaboratively with specialists in higher education (including the Open University and Prisoners’ Education Trust) to make sure our prison education programmes are up-to-date and give our learners the right skills to get the jobs that are right for them .
The benefits of distance learning for ex-offenders
1. Access wider variety of subjects
As part of our on-site prison education programmes, we offer English, Maths, Digital Skills, and vocational training that develops core skills needed to re-enter the community. Distance learning programmes gives ex-offenders the opportunity to pursue niche interests and specialist topics that keep them engaged in learning and invested in their own progress.
2. Achieve advanced qualifications
Distance learning is ideal for ex-offenders looking to gain advanced qualifications such as HNQs and degrees before their release – especially if they already have their GCSE-equivalent qualifications.
3. Improve employment prospects after release
With specialist and advanced qualifications, ex-offenders can improve their CV and boost their career prospects. They’ll be more qualified for senior roles that require advanced knowledge and skills.
4. Reduce risk of re-offending
By providing the opportunity to study the specialist topics they’re interested in, distance learning is more likely to keep ex-offenders invested in their own rehabilitation.
Employment is also crucial to reducing the risk of re-offending and, as highlighted above, distance learning can significantly improve employment prospects after release.
5. Improve confidence and morale
With access to a range of subjects and advanced qualifications, distance learning can help those in custody to increase their confidence and boost morale – ultimately leading to a more positive outlook and mindset upon release.
6. Limited disruptions to learning
Prisoners come from a range of backgrounds and often have highly varied needs when it comes to learning. Distance learning is ideal for ex-offenders who need to study at their own pace and in their own way that may be difficult to incorporate into on-site group learning sessions.
Learners can also take their course with them even if they are transferred to another facility so that their qualification, and commitment to it, suffers no interruptions.
We want our learners to have access to all levels of education, supporting their aspirations and developing their individual learning aims. Our team of passionate and committed tutors encourage their learners to see the value of distance learning and progression to higher level study as a route to wider employment opportunities and a more positive future after release from prison.