Peer Mentor Ishmail on winning the Prison Educator of the Year award
Peer mentor Ishmail writes to us from prison to talk about how he became a peer mentor and reflect on memorable experiences from the role.
The Prisoner Learning Alliance is a network that brings together organisations and individuals with expertise in prison education.
Our vision is:
To provide expertise that informs prison education priorities, policies and practices
Some of our recent achievements include:
Influencing a broader definition of prison education
Engaging with the Ministry of Justice to ensure that we provided input into the education commissioning arrangements
Supporting governors to commission education through our publication
Greenhouses not Warehouses Our annual
PLA Awards. Last year we received over 1300 nominations from serving prisoners, recognising staff and mentors making a real difference in prison education
Our chair is Professor Tom Schuller, who has held senior posts in academia and policy, is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and a visiting professor at Birkbeck and the UCL Institute of Education.
We are organised through a
steering committee, voted for by our members. The secretariat is provided by Joe Coules and Francesca Cooney from Prisoners’ Education Trust.
Become a Member
The Prisoner Learning Alliance currently has over 115 members including prison officers, governors, teachers, voluntary sector workers and people with lived experience of prison.
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