During a week on the prison education department’s innovative induction programme ‘The Bridge’ women learn what they are good at. They gain emotional support from their tutors and they confront their fears and what stops them learning.

The Bridge Programme looks at the whole person; these women are individuals and qualifications is only part of it, the programme challenges their thinking process. The idea of an intensive, week-long induction to prepare them for study and introduce them fully to the courses available in the prison is innovative enough, but there are even more benefits to The Bridge Programme – this is learning as therapy.

One woman told us she felt motivated her to write a letter to the magistrate who sentenced her. She said: “I can see now why I’ve offended and I wanted them to know that.”