Ixion, a part of the Shaw Trust Group (which includes Shaw Trust, Shaw Education Trust, Ixion and Prospects), has received notification from the Ministry of Justice that it has been awarded six framework contracts related to the Prison Education Framework (PEF). The PEF is a framework designed to deliver skills, qualifications and vocational training to prisoners across England.
This success is a direct result of our person-centred approach to educational excellence and is a big step towards meeting our ambition of transforming a million lives.
The framework contracts relate to work in the following areas:
· Avon and South Dorset.
· Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.
· Devon and North Dorset.
· West Midlands.
· Yorkshire and the Humber.
Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE, Shaw Trust Chairman, said: "We are now poised to make a fundamental difference to the lives of hundreds of the UK's most vulnerable citizens. At the heart of the Prison Education Framework is a recognition that skills lead to self-esteem which leads, in turn, to a quantum improvement in an individual's chance to enjoy the benefits of a full role in society."
Contracts were signed on 10 September. Shaw Trust will then enter mini-competitions related to this work in three separate tranches at a later date. These will continue until around Christmas, when we should learn how successful we have been in bidding for the individual contracts.
Across Shaw Trust there is a long history of success in delivering educational and other programmes for prisoners. Shaw Trust, through Ixion, has delivered the Core Common Curriculum subjects (English, Maths, ICT, ESOL) for over nine years with a success rate of 92% for individuals with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LDD). A recent Outstanding Ofsted report praised this work for: "The outstanding quality of teaching, learning and assessment.