Novus in Youth Custody Transforming Youth Custody

Putting education at the heart of detention is a national initiative launched in 2013 which describes the Government’s plans for placing high quality education at the centre of youth custody.

The plans to reform youth custody included seeing young people appropriately punished while at the same time learning to take responsibility for their actions and gaining the skills and qualifications they need to lead productive, law-abiding lives.

The Government announced plans to improve education provision in Young Offender Institutions. With 15-17 year olds in YOIs receiving an average of only 12 hours contracted education a week, the Government launched a competition for new contracts in an effort to more than double the number of hours young people in the institutions spend in education each week.

Novus embraces the Government’s agenda around Transforming Youth Custody and at the start of 2015 we earned a contract to deliver 30 hours of education a week in HMYOI Cookham Wood. We now operate in three of the four YOIs in England.

This falls in line with the Government’s vision of more than doubling the amount of time under-18s spend learning. We provide the same high quality education as mainstream schools and colleges, including classroom teaching and vocational education with routes into Apprenticeships.

Novus embraces the Government’s agenda around Transforming Youth Custody and at the start of 2015 we earned a contract to deliver 30 hours of education a week in HMYOI Cookham Wood. We now operate in three of the four YOIs in England.

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Novus has built a network with youth custody partners which helps children and young people return to purposeful activity.

The contracts we earned in 2015 to deliver 30 hours of education per week in three of England's four Young Offender Institutions are an example of the way in which we work closely with partners to provide learners with vital knowledge, training and employability skills.

We are always open to new and innovative ways to extend our reach and give even more young people the chance to embark on a crime-free future, so if you are interested in partnering with us please get in touch.

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