COVID-19 and national restrictions meant we needed to quickly respond to a new way of delivery in prison education. Our teams have worked tirelessly to create workbooks and provide new ways of working so that we can continue to support our learners with access to education to enable them to achieve the best outcome they can.
We are working closely with Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and Youth Custody Service (YCS) to create a COVID-safe programme of learning that has the health and safety of our learners and colleagues at its heart, just as other education settings are doing across the country. Health and safety is an area of critical importance to us and our central Group COVID team has been in continuous operation since the beginning of the pandemic managing and monitoring all risks and issues rigorously and consistently.
For almost 30 years, Novus has worked with children and young people from custody through to the community. We believe that providing education, support and opportunity creates the foundations for change.
Many children in custody have experienced trauma and troubled home lives, and often have learning difficulties. They have yet to develop the life skills and experience they need. However they are resilient and capable of change.
The potential of children and young people in custody is unlocked by providing them with a helping hand back into education and the educational enrichment experiences that promote self-confidence and self-knowledge. It is unlocked by enabling them to develop essential functional skills and giving them the support they need so that everyone has an equal opportunity to progress and achieve.