Education and Resettlement information at Deerbolt Prison

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Education And Workshops

The education department is run by The Manchester College and offers both full and part time courses in a variety of interesting subjects. Students are given the opportunity to improve their basic skills, learn new skills and gain qualifications, all of which will be beneficial in gaining future employment.

Education courses include:

  • Induction-includes assessing a student's educational level, learning styles and completion of learning agreement. Students are given a 1:1 interview with a member of the Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) team to agree their learning journey
  • Literacy and Numeracy
  • Adult Support
  • IT
  • Health and Safety
  • FA Refereeing
  • The Business
  • Performing Arts
  • Fathers Inside
  • Food Hygiene

Vocational Training courses include:

  • Bricklaying
  • Plastering
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Basic Joinery
  • Multi Skills
  • Recycling
  • Motor Mechanics
  • Forklift Truck
  • Charity Workshop
  • Gardens
  • Catering
  • PICTA Workshop
  • Laundry
  • Printing and design

Other activities available are:

  • Distance Learning
  • Peer Tutoring including literacy
  • In-cell work
  • Education and Library Orderlies


Deerbolt's Resettlement policy is:

'All staff at Deerbolt have an obligation to provide the opportunities and support for prisoners to participate in activities and experiences that will lead to a likelihood of a reduction in the risk of their re-offending on release'.

To this end the resettlement needs of all prisoners are assessed during the induction process so that both their immediate and long-term needs can be provided for. All prisoners have a Sentence Plan / OASys assessment prepared, regardless of length of sentence, and this provides the means by which prisoners are directed to appropriate regime activities during their time here.

Offending behavior courses provided are:

  • Enhanced Thinking Skills (ETS)
  • Focus on Resettlement (from Nov 2013)
  • Drug recovery wing

The resettlement team, provide detailed advice and guidance on accommodation and employment issues with the specific target of increasing the number of prisoners being released to an employment, training or education placement. This service is supplemented on two days per week by a representative from Jobcentre plus who sees all prisoners in the week prior to release to give advice with regard to benefit claims.

H.M.Y.O.I. Deerbolt Gardens Department

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This department offers prisoners the opportunity to learn about land – based activities like horticulture.

The gardens staff offer the chance for prisoners to gain qualifications in horticulture, skill tests in gardening and NVQ level 1 horticulture. There are real opportunities to gain employment on release, with links to resettlement and prospective employers, such as local authority park's departments, garden centers and nurseries.


All prisoners on arrival will complete an induction programme that will introduce all aspects of the sports centre and physical education programme. Deerbolt's sports centre and staff are committed to promoting equal opportunity, equal choice and ensuring that all participants are treated with respect and integrity, regardless of race, colour or religion. The staff fully support the Anti-bullying initiative to ensure a safe and relaxed environment for all.

The sports Centre provide opportunities for prisoners to develop their physical skills, strength and fitness. Qualifications from the leisure industry are available to take, thus contributing towards a prisoner's resettlement. The Gym will also provides a ten week Gym Academy programme which includes; healthy lifestyles, drug awareness, alcohol awareness, as well as a range of sports skills qualifications. The Gym also works in partnership with the Education Department through basic and key skills within the full time multi – sports course.

Courses available:

  • 10 week Gym Academy
  • Community sports leader's award
  • British weightlifting association (BWLA)
  • Volleyball/ Basketball
  • Fitness
  • 5–A–Side
  • Badminton

Courses available include:

Educational and Vocational training, thinking skills, relationship programmes, one to one support, Duke of Edinburgh awards, training to support self employment, work placements on temporary licences, mentoring during the programme and for three months on release, support finding work and team activities.

The programme runs within a supportive and encouraging environment where a multi disciplinary team works towards Deerbolt's resettlement policy.

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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