1st February 2018
IPRT welcomed the invitation by the Joint Committee on Education and Skills to make a written submission and to appear before the Committee to discuss education inequality and disadvantage. The submission is available here.
We commend the Committee for its initiative in choosing to focus on this important issue. While our area of expertise lies primarily in penal policy, IPRT views educational disadvantage and inequality as one symptom of wider social exclusion in society. Social exclusion and social injustice are intrinsically linked to penal policy.
In our work, educational inequality and disadvantage is relevant both to the experience of the child and young person but also to that of the adult learner within the prison system. In this submission, IPRT points to some key research and relevant data, while also making some broad policy recommendations.
Key points discussed in the submission include:
Our recommendations to the committee include:
A transcript of IPRT's appearance before the Committee is available here.