Independent report

Unlocking potential: a review of education in prison

Dame Sally Coates’ report and recommendations following her review of education in prison.



In September 2015 the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice asked Dame Sally Coates to lead a review of education in prison and make recommendations as to how it could be improved.

This report from Dame Sally includes sets out recommendations relating to:

  • the current accountability framework for delivering education
  • the capacity of the workforce
  • the learning needs of different types of prisoners
  • the ability of prisoners to access higher level learning
  • the potential for IT to support education
  • services available to support prisoners to get employment and/or continue their education on release.
Published 18 May 2016