Regime information for Bullingdon Prison

  • Bullingdon operates a three tier system of regime (Basic, Standard and Enhanced) as part of an Incentives and Earned Privileges programme. The prison has a range of Work, Education and Training opportunities delivering key and basic skills and opportunities for a wide variety of vocational qualifications. There is a range of Offending Behaviour programmes including SOTP, Restorative Justice, Resolve, Inclusion, ETS. An Offender Management Unit was set up in 2005 to manage Resettlement work for the seven pathways of the national plans of reducing re-offending.

Education Department

In the education department at Bullingdon Prison, we aim to deliver a quality service in order to educate, raise self worth and create new opportunities for prisoners, enabling them to contribute positively to society. Milton Keynes College provides the contract for education at Bullingdon.

The department provides classes for all prisoners, all of which provide nationally recognised qualifications. The department also provides extensive vocational key skills and learning support opportunities within the workplace. As well as the core classes in the education department there are also opportunities to access Open University courses.

  • Basic Skills - The basic skills department offers courses in English and Maths from beginner to pre entry-GCSE levels (pre-entry to level 2)
  • Distance learning courses and Open University - There are prospectuses available for different distance learning providers and OU brochures available which details all courses. There is a wide variety of courses available to study in cell or in the virtual campus with some restrictions on courses involving the internet. Prisoners can obtain certification up to degree level
  • Lithographic Printing - Students can undertake training to the highest standard in the correct use of the Heidelberg GTO Lithographic Printing Press
  • Laundry - Prisoners can gain a recognised laundry qualification through the Guild of Laundry & Dry Cleaning and NVQ level 2 whilst working within the Laundry
  • Farms & Gardens - Prisoners carry out a wide range of horticulture activities whilst maintaining the grounds within the establishment. All qualifications gained would assist in gaining employment upon release (NVQ level 1 Horticulture and National Proficiency Test Certificate in Horticulture Machinery – NPTC)
  • Industrial Cleaning – Offenders learn a wide range of industrial cleaning skills, training and assessments, while working towards an NVQ qualification
  • Construction trades - This course involves a range of construction skills which will enable prisoners to be multi-skilled in a range of trades. These include bricklaying, painting & decorating, kitchen fitting, floor laying. Certificates are available in each of these trades and prisoners can undertake one trade or all of them dependant upon their length of sentence. All prisoners also undertake the C.S.C.S card (recognised H&S in construction)
  • ICT skills - This course will equip students with the basic range of skills necessary to meet the demands of the modern workplace. It consists of: CLAIT Level 1 - Word Processing and File Management, Spreadsheets and Graphs, Databases, Desk Top Publishing, Presentation Graphics, Computer Art. CLAIT Plus Level 2 – Word Processing and Integration, Spreadsheets and Graphs, Databases, Desktop Publishing, Presentation Graphics, Computer Art. Certificates available: OCR Level 1 Certificate/Diploma for IT Users (CLAIT), OCR Level 2 Certificate/Diploma for IT users (CLAIT Plus)
  • Barbering – Prisoners learn the basic techniques of barbering including cutting, trimming, clippering, Health & Safety requirements. Frequently they are also employed as wing barbers. This course leads to a City and Guilds qualification.
  • Music – Prisoners can learn to play guitar, keyboards, and drums. Additionally there are music technology courses which allow composition and song writing. All courses lead to NCFE accreditation
  • Cookery – Prisoners can learn the basic of cookery which will then lead them to further vocational development either within the prison or by attending further education upon release.
  • Hospitality- This course will enable prisoners to gain insight into the catering and hospitality industry with an emphasis on the restaurant/bar and hotel industries, this course leads to a Level 1 qualification.
  • Health and Wellbeing- consists of 4 modules, Personal Development, Introduction to Healthy Lifestyle, Interpersonal
  • Skills and Nutrition Performance and Healthy Eating. This course leads to a Level 1 qualification.
  • Horticulture – Prisoners will work towards a City and Guilds qualification Level 1 in Developing Horticultural Skills , this is classroom based with practical sessions using a variety of plants depending on the season.
  • Business Course- An accredited course that will help a prisoners set up their own business on release.


HMP Bullingdon offers a host of offending behaviour programmes and accredited courses designed to reduce re-offending and enable prisoners to make constructive use of their time in custody. These include:

  • TSP (Thinking Skills Programme)
  • Sycamore Tree (Victim Awareness)
  • Restorative Justice
  • New Me Strength (for sex offenders)
  • HSP (Healthy Sex Programme)
  • Horizon

Offender Management

Bullingdon Prison is continually taking forward Offender Management; the establishment began its planning and developmental work back in 2004. At early stage we forged positive working partnership with Thames Valley Probation, establishing a Pathfinder group to focus on the end to end management of offenders. This work has continued to develop and strengthen with each introduction of Offender Management Model. Many areas of our work have been identified as best practice and we frequently share our ideas and experiences across the area.

Key Work includes:

  • OASys/ sentence management
  • Lifer management
  • Induction
  • Public Protection (inclusive of all high risk offenders)
  • PPOs
  • OCA/legal services
  • Accommodation with St Giles Trust
  • Employment/ Job Centre Plus/Transit/Blue Sky/Toe by Toe
  • Restorative Justice
  • Religious Activities
  • Sycamore Tree RJ programme
  • Community Links/Voluntary Sector
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