Prison Education: What is it? What should it be?

A one-day conference at The Open University’s Walton Hall Campus, Milton Keynes

10 June 2016


Since the birth of the modern prison at the turn of the nineteenth century, education has been regarded as a key reformatory agent for incarcerated offenders. Yet key questions about the definition of ‘prison education’ persist to this day. What is nature of the relationship between offending behaviour and educational deficiencies? How expansive or narrow should the curriculum offered to inmates be? How can outcomes be accurately assessed? And what types and levels of education for offenders will the general public accept and support?

These questions (and more) will be explored by a range of researchers, practitioners and policymakers at this one-day conference at The Open University in Milton Keynes on 10 June 2016.

Confirmed speakers include:


A full programme is available here: Prison_Education_Programme_FINAL


The event is free to attend, but places are limited. To register attendance, or for further information, please contact:, and/or

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