Offender learning

The offender learning workforce is a life-changing part of the wider further education (FE) and training sector. Our CPD offer is available to everyone who works in this important sector.

Offender learner resources, previously hosted on the offender learning website, can be found in the below searchable document library. You can filter resources by theme using the document category box.

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Teaching in the criminal justice system

For those looking to discuss career options, do check out the Department for Education’s Teach in Further Education website which can tell you more about teaching opportunities in the criminal justice system. You might like to check out this helpful information from the Prisoner Learning Alliance on the difference you can make by working as a teacher or volunteer in prisons. And you can hear directly from teachers working in prisons in our series of videos ‘Raising the bar behind bars’.

Raising The Bar Episode 1 Functional Skills
Raising The Bar Episode 2 Personal and Social Development
Raising The Bar Episode 3 ICT
Raising The Bar Episode 4 Vocational Skills

Prisoner Learning Alliance

The ETF is a member of the Prisoner Learning Alliance which brings together organisations and individuals who are interested in promoting the role of education and training in the rehabilitative journey for those with experience of the criminal justice system. The PLA facilitates the Essential Skills and Inclusion Network for practitioners of maths, English, SEND and IT working in prisons.  The network meets once per academic term. You may also wish to join  Prisoner Learning Academic Network which hosts a library of resources including research on prison education and learning.

Society for Education and Training (SET)

We encourage all FE practitioners to join the Society for Education and Training (SET), the membership body dedicated to professionals working across further education, vocational teaching and training. SET helps its members progress their career and connects them to thousands of like-minded professionals and experts.

SET also administers both badges of advanced professionalism, Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status and Advanced Teacher Status (ATS), on behalf of the ETF.

Finally, if you have any questions about ETF’s support for the offender learner workforce, please contact