Goodwill and Good Fortune: Obstacles and Opportunities of Level 2 learners in local jails

Published: May 2010

Dr Anita Wilson

The efficacy of higher and distance learning in prison is an often neglected area within the range of interventions that are put in place to assist prisoners to maintain their mental and social well-being while incarcerated, and which are intended to aid progression towards active citizenship on release. When higher level learning is given some attention, it primarily focuses on distance learning, with a focus on the ‘settled landscape’ of long-term prisoners who are likely to remain in one prison for some time, and more likely to have access to distance learning co-ordinators, higher education facilitators, or flexible learning tutors who have experience of applying for courses, funding, materials and supporting distance learning prisoner students.

The remit for this study was to extend our understanding of the issues that might be encountered in the world of ‘ordinary’ prison – of the Cat B local – with its transient population, and high volume of prisoners serving disparate sentences.