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Read PLA reports, briefings and responses on key sector research and Government inquiries.

01 Jun 2016 | PDF | 1.41MB

What is prison education for? A theory of change exploring the value of learning in prison

Justice Secretary Michael Gove said in a speech to prison Governors: “We want individuals who leave prison to be changed characters [...] to have become assets contributing to society rather than liabilities who bring only costs.” But how does that ‘change’ process happen and what role can education play?

The Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA) aims to stimulate debate around these issues. Using research with teachers and former prisoners, the report examines how we can measure the benefit of education in prison, and how we can improve its provision.

01 Mar 2014 | PDF | 242.88KB

Justice Select Committee, Inquiry into Prisons: Planning and Policies A response from the Prisoner Learning Alliance

Prisoners Education Trust and the PLA know that learning in prison works. This was recently evidenced in Justice Data Lab results, which showed a statistically significant (and sizeable) impact on reoffending levels from having received a PET grant for a distance learning course. This response therefore argue that the prison service needs to prioritise support for a wide range of learning opportunities in prisons and the response to the Committee’s questions are informed by that priority.

01 Dec 2013 | PDF | 3.87MB

Smart Rehabilitation: learning how to get better outcomes

To set out a blueprint for improving prison education, policy and practice,  PLA members formed three Task and Finish Groups and each group held an expert roundtable event to gather evidence from over 50 different practitioners, officers, teachers, managers, governors, organisations and learners to help inform the report.

The report was launched in Parliament on the 9th of December, 2013 where the Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick, gave a keynote speech outlining the importance of raising standards of education in prisons to achieve the best rehabilitation outcomes.

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