Call for Partners

We have been helping prisoners to change their lives through the provision of high-quality education, training and employment support for 30 years. By seamlessly integrating enrichment, engagement, and support within prisons, our proven approach optimises the likelihood of ex-offenders successfully transitioning into the workforce upon their release. We work in partnership with national and devolved governments, HMPPS and HMPPS Wales, LEPs, NHS trusts, charities, employers, local/combined authorities and offenders to create foundations for change, both for individuals and for our communities.

We are the largest provider of prisoner education in the UK, engaging up-to 60,000 learners and working in 51 prisons across the North-West, North-East, Yorkshire and Humber, West Midlands, East Midlands, London and Wales and have extensive expertise of providing support to individuals to enable them to achieve their potential. This includes information, advice and guidance services; support for vulnerable individuals and individuals with Special Education Needs (SEN); and Through-the-Gate and community-based services.

As part of LTE Group, one of the largest FE Corporations in the country and a social enterprise dedicated to learning, training and employment, our mission is to improve lives and economic success through learning and skills. Underpinning this mission are our core values:

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We are honest, trustworthy and open.

One Team

We collaborate, respect each other and contribute to team goals.

Always improving

We are forward-thinking, we innovate and take ownership.

Can do

We are positive, inclusive, flexible and proactive.


We take long-term view, environmentally, financially and socially.

Novus is seeking to build a register of potential delivery partner organisations, social enterprises, SMEs and national/local charities of all sizes, who align with our values and can provide support services and add value to our provision within prison and within the community. We also intend to use this register to approach potential partners to support the upcoming HMPPS Prison Education Services.

HMPPS Prison Education Services will be the successor contract to the Prison Education Framework. The aims of this new contract will be to support and provide prisoners with the skills and qualifications required to undertake employment and/or other opportunities (for example further training and qualifications, apprenticeships etc) upon release.

The procurement process is scheduled to begin in late Summer 2023, so the deadline for submitting your interest as a partner is 5pm on the 4th September 2023.

By submitting this form you are giving your consent for us to contact you to discuss opportunities to work with Novus. We will always process your personal data in line with our Privacy Notice.

If you would like to chat to one of our team before submitting the form, please email and we’ll be in touch.

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