At HMP Rye Hill we are committed to supporting the development of prisoners by providing
a flexible provision which is responsive to the needs of the population. Our aim is to extend prisoners’ options and increase employability skills through meaningful and appropriate learning opportunities resulting in relevant accreditation which will prepare prisoners for reintegration into the community and increase employability prospects.
Education is run in conjunction with The Manchester College and together we endeavour to encourage, motivate and support all prisoners by enabling them to take responsibility for their own learning and training whilst extending their personal development on either a full-time or part-time basis.
All prisoners are seen on arrival by the Information Advice & Guidance team who will conduct an Education Induction and assess individual needs and ensure prisoners are enrolled onto suitable courses. Qualifications on most courses are offered from Entry Level through to Level 3. The Information Advice & Guidance team meet with prisoners by request at any point throughout the learning journey to review progress and revise targets. Careers advice is also available. All prisoners receive a personalised timetable that reflects individual needs and aspirations.
Prisoners are offered the opportunity to improve literacy, numeracy, language and IT skills. A range of Media and Business courses is also available. Social and Life Skills courses which support personal development are offered on a flexible basis to meet prisoners’ needs as identified through assessment and sentence plans. These include Art, Healthy Living, Personal Finance, Alcohol Awareness, Mentoring and Stress Management.
Progression to higher level qualifications including degrees is available through open and distance learning courses. A dedicated member of staff is available to support prisoners on external courses.
All prisoners have access to relevant and up to date learning resources either in class or through the
In recognition of the wide diversity of backgrounds in the prison population, the Education Department promotes an ethos of mutual respect and is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all prisoners who engage in learning. Any individual support needs will be accommodated to the best of our ability to maintain prisoners’ development. A fair code of conduct is in place to ensure standards are maintained and prisoners are able to study in a safe environment.
Classes are provided in the main education block and in various locations around the establishment to ensure all offenders have the opportunity to access learning and skills. Prisoners at work can attend drop-in sessions in the workshop learning pods. Outreach tutors provide learning support as required to the Care and Segregation Unit, Healthcare and in-cell.
A dedicated team of qualified staff is headed up by the Education Manager. Prisoners are trained as Peer Mentors to provide additional learning support. The Education Department operates from Monday to Friday.
All prisoners have Individual Learning Plans which support progress through a regular target setting and review process by mutual agreement between the tutor and prisoner. Further to this, we recognise and record prisoners’ personal achievements which may not result in accreditation but can highlight areas of personal success which demonstrate skills and attributes valued by employers.
Exams are taken at a level appropriate to each prisoner's ability on an on-demand basis. Some courses are accredited on portfolio work either as well as or instead of an exam. HMP Rye Hill is an approved centre to deliver qualifications for the following awarding bodies: OCR, AQA, Edexcel, OCN, IFS and NCFE