Assess prisoners Functional Skills on entrance to custody
Find each individual’s strengths and weaknesses
Embed interactive learning within vocational programmes
Show the relevance of English, maths & ICT with vocation-specific Learning Resources
Satisfy Funding & Ofsted Requirements with data to show achievement and progression
How is bksb used by Prisons?
During 2012, the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) conducted a study into the feasibility of intensive delivery of English and maths in custodial settings. They used the bksb Initial Assessment to assess the skills level of participants, before and after the intensive course. In their report, NIACE state that the bksb assessments ‘showed good internal consistency’ and were reliable and valid tests.
According to the Ministry of Justice, all prisoners must have an assessment of their Functional Skills when they enter custody. License holders are able to use the bksb Initial Assessment to calculate a prisoner’s current skills standard and then use our Diagnostic Assessment to highlight a prisoner’s skills gap(s). Tutors are then able to deliver training specific to each prisoner according to the Individual Learning Plan produced by the bksb Diagnostic Assessment.
How can bksb help your organisation?
Prisons use bksb assessments and resources to support rehabilitation programmes for inmates, improving confidence and giving them the skills needed for meaningful employment upon release. Education can be a key factor in reducing the likelihood of reoffending, and bksb acts as a key driver for this in the majority of prisons in the UK.
Within prisons, Functional Skills qualifications are predominantly embedded in vocational programmes. Our education team have designed a range of vocation-specific Learning Resources that help to show the relevance of good English, maths and ICT skills in a given specialism. In our experience, prisoners tend to be more receptive to this type of resource.
bksb is also compatible with the ‘Virtual Campus’ solution which facilitates restricted internet access for inmates.