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Ben James

Head of Learning and Skills - HMP Ashfield

Ben is a qualified teacher of further education with sixteen-years’ experience of working in prison education. He has managed Ashfield College (HMP Ashfield) for eight years and has successfully transitioned the provision from Inadequate to an Ofsted rating of Good in all four measurements.

He is a level 5 coach and holds a first-class degree in business management.

The curriculum Ben has established in Ashfield College enables prisoners to develop employability and self-employability skills through an offering of academic education, vocational training and purposeful work.

Ben fully believes in the power of education and has ensured that it plays a central part to the rehabilitative journey of the prisoners in his prison’s care.