Hundreds of under-18s in custody will spend double the amount of time in the classroom after the government announced four new contracts for education provision in young offender institutions (YOIs).
The new contracts, worth a combined total of £12m a year, will see education provision extended from 15 hours to around 30 hours each week.
The government has said the contracts will result in young people in custody receiving the same quality of education as in mainstream school and college.
Maths, English and computing will be taught in classrooms, while vocational education will also be available, alongside physical education and work experience opportunities.
Youth justice Minister Andrew Selous said the time young offenders spend in custody can be one of the only opportunities to “turn their lives around and prevent them reoffending. High-quality education and training in the youth estate is absolutely vital, which is why we are reforming the culture of YOIs to put learning at the centre and doubling the amount of time young offenders spend in the classroom," he added.
It hopes that secure colleges will eventually replace current provision in YOIs and secure training centres.