Following the latest Ofsted inspection at HMP Featherstone we are pleased to have been awarded an Ofsted ‘Good’ rating. Inspectors praised the team for their work “identifying prisoner’s individual needs” and developing education plans in order to help them achieve their goals and ambitions.
A range of courses and qualifications are on offer at HMP Featherstone, which include the opportunity to develop professional skills such as barbering which sees learners working in a professional environment, learning industry standard skills that are transferable on release whilst also providing a valuable service to the prison.
The Ofsted report also highlighted the work the team do to support prisoners in developing better self-esteem and confidence, largely due to the pathways introduced but also by celebrating successes throughout the course and at events attended by employers and family members. Ofsted said offering this exposure “encourages prisoners to pursue their aspirations and employment opportunities.”
Sally Alexander, Executive Director of Prison Services says: “We pride ourselves in developing the best relationships with our learners so that we can prepare them for their next stage, whether that being readying them for employment on release or for a career in custody. The education team at HMP Featherstone have achieved some fantastic results for learners and we’re delighted to see that reflected in this report.”