RENYO – Re-engaging young offenders with education and learning

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  • Enhance educators’ capability to re-engage young offenders with education and learning whilst in secure custodial settings.
  • Establish a network of partners in the EU who share this aim.
  • Train education staff in secure settings to engage young offenders with education through the use of “authentic inquiry” as an intervention to enrich educators’ repertoires in learning design.
  • Develop improved practice around a digital learning infrastructure so changes are more likely to sustain beyond the lifespan of the project.
  • Write a research paper sharing the outcomes and learning to support dissemination and sustainability.


  • Re-engaging young offenders with education and learning, evidenced through the young person engaging in a learning course at the secure unit or a defined education plan on exit from the secure unit.
  • Change in attitude towards learning and the self – assessed through the Learning Power Self-assessment tool as well as qualitative data collected from observation, interviews and other learning output.
  • Either 1 or 2 trainers per country from partners.
  • Up to 40 prison educators upskilled (depending on partners).
  • Up to 100 young offenders (in pilot).


  • Train the Trainer Programme: training programme to train the trainers in partner countries.
  • Methodological Approach: prison education staff will be trained in the authentic inquiry methodology.
  • Resources for Education Staff in Secure Settings: partners tailor the resources and materials to their own context.
  • RENYO Research Paper that will include analysis of the quantitative and qualitative indicators about changes of education staff capabilities in understanding and responding to the young people’s educational need.


  • University of Gloucestershire (United Kingdom, coordinator)
  • Private Fachhochschule Dresden gGmbH (Germany)
  • Fundacion Diagrama Intervencion Psicosocial (Spain)
  • JEARNI (United Kingdom)
  • CESIE (Italy)

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Date of the project

01/11/2018 – 31/10/2021

DG of reference

DG EAC, National Agency (United Kingdom), Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training




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