Learning to Fail? Prisoners with Special Educational Needs

Barton, Alana and Hobson, Anita (2017) Learning to Fail? Prisoners with Special Educational Needs. Prison Service Journal (232). pp. 4-10. ISSN 0300-3558

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This article represents a thought piece reflecting on the interplay between schooling, social exclusion and prison for those with special educational needs and its aims are two-fold. First, to outline some of the concerns around incarcerated young people and adults who fall into this category. We will provide some definitional parameters and, whilst acknowledging the, often, obfuscatory effects of official classifications, draw on these to outline the proportion of the prison population who are affected by these challenges. Second, we will examine the role of education both within the prison and in schools, arguing that for young people with SENs the school can represent the start of a ‘pipeline’ to prison. ‘Schooling’, that is to say, is a part of the problem. Consequently, the presentation of current forms of prison education as a panacea to problems that, for many, began with education is, at best, unrealistic.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Prison, special educational needs
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Law and Criminology
Date Deposited: 18 May 2017 09:30
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/8992

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