Based on interviews with over 50 staff in ten prisons, the report explores the challenges Governors and senior staff are facing in leading and managing prison education, in the light of the new contracting and commissioning arrangements.
In September this year, the Prisoner Learning Alliance submitted evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ inquiry into black people, racism and human rights.
Read our written evidence and recommendations in response to the Education Select Committee's Inquiry, Education: Are prisoners being left behind?
In May, the PLA submitted written evidence to the Education Select Committee on the impact of Covid-19 on education and children’s services. Read the full text, including key points and recommendations, here.
Our briefing looks at the use of digital technology in prisons from Spain to Australia, of in-cell tablets to virtual reality headsets. We hope that England and Wales can learn from some of these lessons from abroad.
At the PLA steering committee meeting in August, members received an update on digital learning in prisons from Andrew Woodley, Head of Digital Learning and Data, Employment and Industries Group at HMPPS. Read the minutes for updates on the new database, Virtual Campus and in-cell technology.
In October 2019, PLA responded to the HMPPS consultation on Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG), collating responses from PLA members. The Alliance submitted responses to a number of questions on issues including how IAG should differ at different points in the sentence, and whether DPS is a suitable route to commission IAG services. Read our full response here.
The Prisoner Learning Alliance submitted written evidence to the Justice Select Committee regarding their inquiry into prison governance. Read it here.
In May 2016, Dame Sally Coates published her influential review - Unlocking Potential, which set out a holistic vision for prison education. Following publication of the report, the government accepted the main recommendations in principle. However changes in government and administration meant that a detailed implementation plan was not published. Chris Emmett from Weston College spoke on the panel, providing an update on progress since the report was published. View her presentation here.
In May 2016, Dame Sally Coates published her influential review - Unlocking Potential, which set out a holistic vision for prison education. Following publication of the report, the government accepted the main recommendations in principle. However changes in government and administration meant that a detailed implementation plan was not published. In this briefing, we outline progress on the main recommendations.
An introduction to the winners of the PLA Awards 2018, recognising the teachers, officers, peer mentors and staff who have made an inspiring contribution to prison education.
As of 31 March 2018, the contracts for National Career Service (NCS) in every prison in England expired. The decision was taken by the Ministry of Justice not to extend the service, with uncertainty as to what would replace it.
This briefing outlines concerns about the anticipated gap in provision from April 2018, and the hugely valuable role that NCS careers advisors have played in supporting prisoners' education and rehabilitation.
Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) contracts come to an end in April 2018, making way for a new era of prison governor-led education commissioning. Prisons are being given increasing flexibility and control over education budgets and the ability to commission a wide range of provision. The workbook is designed to support prison governors and managers with this process.
The PLA made this submission in response to a public consultation from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) regarding updates to its Expectations for adult male prisons, the set of criteria used when conducting inspections.
Justice Secretary Liz Truss announced the Prison Safety and Reform White Paper on 3 November 2016, detailing “reforms which will transform how our prisons are run and give prisoners the skills they need to become law-abiding citizens when they are released”. The PLA issued this briefing in response to the White Paper.
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