The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, and the Justice Minister Chris Grayling have been in Kent to announce radical plans to tackle youth reoffending.
During a visit to Cookham Wood Young Offenders Institute they said they wanted to send young criminals back to classroom to equipment with the skills and knowledge to reintegrate with their communities.
Currently almost three quarters of young offenders return to crime when they are released.
Young offenders spend on average just 12 hours a week in education. Under new proposals this would be more than doubled to give them more time in the classroom or workshop.
Under the plans to transform youth custody, a pioneering Secure College will also be built in the East Midlands.
The fortified school will provide young offenders with strong discipline, while focusing squarely on rehabilitation and education. The Secure College will have a head teacher or principal at the core of a leadership team made up of educational professionals and offender managers.