£85 million 'secure college' to be built to improve education

An £85 million 'secure college' is to be built in a bid to improve the education received by young offenders as part of a wider shake-up of youth custody.

Nick Clegg: 'Better citizens not better criminals'

An £85 million "secure college" will be built in Leicestershire in an attempt to improve the education received by young offenders.

It comes as part of a wider shake-up of youth custody, up to 320 young offenders, aged between 12 and 17-years-old, will be housed in the facility.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

We need to turn these young people into better citizens not better criminals. If we want to stop prisons being colleges of crime, we have to teach these kids how to do something else.

The Coalition has reduced the number of young people in custody. But re-offending is sky high in this country and the answer lies in education and opportunity to change," he added.

Some young offenders spend less than one school day a week in the classroom. By increasing the amount of time young offenders spend learning, we can help them to move away from crime, take responsibility for their actions, and rebuild their lives.

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£85m 'secure college' plan unveiled in Leicestershire

An £85 million 'secure college' is to be built in a bid to improve the education received by young offenders as part of a wider shake-up of youth custody.

Up to 320 young offenders, aged between 12 and 17-years-old, will be housed in the facility, which is to be built next year on land next to Glen Parva Youth Offenders Institute (YOI) in Leicestershire in time for a 2017 opening.

A head teacher or principal will lead a team of educational professionals and offender managers at the secure college, which will feature modern living blocks to accommodate the inmates.