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Investment in prison education technology

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1536: tabled on 23 February 2021

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 27 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes that the covid-19 outbreak has highlighted the importance of access to remote learning, especially in prisons; further notes that almost 90% of respondents to a survey of University and College Union members working in prisons reported that IT resources were not sufficient for the needs of staff or students and that poor technological infrastructure was having a negative impact on student learning; recognises that years of underinvestment in prison education and in-cell technology has meant that remote learning is currently impossible for the vast majority of prisoners; believes that the pandemic has also exposed numerous issues undermining the wider delivery of prison education, including underfunding, understaffing and other consequences of a commissioning system run for profit; and calls on the Government to invest urgently in prison education technology and professional training, developed and run by the public sector, to maximise learning opportunities for prisoners, both during this pandemic and beyond.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.