Prison Education

UCM is responsible for the provision of education in the Isle of Man Prison and at David Gray House probation hostel. The aim of prison education is to reduce levels of reoffending and enable offenders to reform their lives. Each student’s Individual Learning Plan focuses on successful resettlement and encourages them to make a productive contribution to society.

There are opportunities through education to improve employment prospects, move on to further education and apprenticeships and to develop the life skills necessary for a successful, sustainable rehabilitation.

A range of academic, vocational and recreational classes are available offering the chance to learn new skills and gain relevant qualifications.

The classes run in prison and at David Gray House and are also run in UCM, enabling students to complete courses on release. Students are encouraged to continue their education at UCM.

ART & DESIGN

These classes give students the opportunity to learn new art and design skills, both using traditional art materials and modern digital techniques.  It leads to a BTEC Level 1 qualification in Art and Design.  Successful completion of this course enables students to move onto Level 2 courses and apprenticeships at UCM after release.

BUSINESS

This course is about running events and meetings, presenting business ideas and balancing the budget.  Students can achieve a BTEC Level 1 qualification in Business.  Successful completion of this course enables students to move onto Level 2 courses and apprenticeships at UCM after release.

CAREERS ADVICE

The Careers Advisor attends once a month and students can make appointments to discuss their career options.  Workshops are run on applying for jobs, setting up your own business, CV writing and interview techniques to assist students in gaining employment.

COOKERY

Cookery classes focus on producing healthy meals on a budget and offers the chance to learn new culinary skills.  Students can take BTEC Level 1 & 2 exams in Home Cooking Skills.  Successful completion of this course enables students to move onto Level 2 courses and apprenticeships at UCM after release.

CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH

Students have the opportunity to learn a new language.

CRAFT

Students learn new craft skills and make items for entry into competitions and local shows.

DAVID GRAY HOUSE

Prison education staff also provide cookery, English, IT classes at David Gray House probation hostel.  This allows for continuity of provision and progression between prison, UCM and probation.

DISTANCE LEARNING

Applications can be made through the Education Manager to enrol on a wide range of distance learning and Open University courses to further develop employability and qualifications.

ENGLISH

Basic to A level

English is offered from basic to A level. Exams are taken in A level, GCSE and functional skills.

English as a Second Language (ESOL)

ESOL classes are also offered to those whom English is not their first language.

One-to-one support

One-to-one support is available for those requiring support to develop basic skills in English and Maths.

Dyslexia

Assessment and support for dyslexic students is available.

HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE

Students learn about caring for others and how to encourage fit, healthy lifestyles.  They can take a BTEC Level 1 qualification in Health and Social Care.

HORTICULTURE

Horticulture teaches students to grow and care for plants and the soil.  The BTEC Level 1 qualification taken is valuable for any student wanting to work in gardens or on the land.  Successful completion of this course enables students to move onto Level 2 courses and apprenticeships at UCM after release.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT)

IT classes enable students to acquire the basic IT skills for Functional Skills exams.  They can further develop the skills required for ECDL qualifications.

MATHS

Basic to A level

Maths is offered from basic to A level. Exams are taken in A level, GCSE and functional skills.

One-to-one support

One-to-one support is available for those requiring support to develop basic skills in Maths.

PERSONAL SOCIAL & HEALTH EDUCATION

Students can undertake assessments in finance, personal health, relationships etc. building to a GSCE equivalent qualification.

READING & WRITING CLUBS

Reading Club

Students discuss books they have read and share observations.

Writing Club

This encourages the development of the writing skills valuable for creative writing, short stories and poetry.