The new innovative maths prisoner peer mentoring programme

The project offers the opportunity
to use my skills and to help others - Mentor
I feel a sense of achievement that
I am educating myself" - Mentee
One to One maths is a brilliant resource
and an absolutely fantastic project" - Tutor
Improving my confidence in maths will help me when
I am released and start applying for jobs - Mentee

65% of prisoners have numeracy skills at or below the level of an 11 year old. 80% of these prisoners reject formal Prison Education

As a small charity, we provide much needed practical help to enable and encourage prisoners with limited basic numeracy skills

We are tackling a massive challenge to introduce a unique approach to educating, with no cost to the prison service

One to One Maths enables, encourages and supports prisoners with good numeracy skills to mentor those prisoners with limited basic numeracy abilities. The scheme of peer mentoring taps into an underutilised resource of educated prisoners helping their fellow prisoners improve their life skills. One to One Maths works jointly with the prison and education staff, using excellent teaching material supplied by a leading teaching publisher.

Please watch this inspiring and heart-warming thank you from Aaron, a former inmate who participated in the programme at HMP Hewell.

Michael Gove, MP, Secretary of State for Justice – “When so many come into custody illiterate and innumerate it would be a crime if we did not get them reading and writing when they are in our care.”

Nick Hardwick Chief Inspector of Prisons “I try to talk to people who employ prisoners on the outside and try to understand what they want. They say that they need basic literacy and numeracy skills”

Peter Stanford, the director of the Longford Trust “There still isn’t a sufficiently high premium put on education,” Stanford says. “We say prisons are for rehabilitation, so let’s do the most obvious bit of rehabilitation: let’s start prioritizing education.”

Nelson Mandela – “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest”.