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30 Jul 2021 | Uncategorised

New short film shares the perspective of prison tutors

We’ve been working with Safe Ground throughout COVID-19 to offer prison educators a space to connect during otherwise solitary lockdown(s). The ‘Common Room’ is a free digital series of conversational sessions for attendees to share their experiences, current challenges and good practice in prisoner education. Following discussions in the Common Room, a group of prison […]

28 Jul 2021 | Uncategorised

PLA Submits Evidence to the Justice Committee Inquiry on Women in Prison

In our submission we argue that progress on reducing the women’s prison population is glacial. Although there is a massive amount of evidence and significant agreement about what reduces women’s offending, this is not being translated into policy or practice. Real progress requires leadership, political will and significant investment. We outline the need for better […]

08 Jul 2021 | Wednesday Webinars

Wednesday Webinar: Learning After Lockdown

Developing the prison curriculum is a priority for the PLA, following consultation with our members. This webinar looks at how educators can engage and reengage prison learners as lockdown eases.     In this webinar we consider the implications of potential changes to the prison regime, the impacts of lockdown on education progression, and the […]

24 Jun 2021 | Uncategorised

Wednesday Webinar: Unlocked Graduates on the Role of Prison Officers in Education

In this webinar we are joined by Natasha Porter, CEO and Founder of Unlocked Graduates, and Maria, a prison officer graduate of the programme, to learn about the role of officers in promoting prison education.   Prison officers should be central to prison education. They get access to every prisoner: prisoners who don’t opt in […]

11 Jun 2021 | Inquiry Evidence Submissions

PLA gives evidence to the Education Select Committee Inquiry – Are prisoners being left behind?

This week, Francesca Cooney, who coordinates the Secretariat for the Prisoner Learning Alliance, gave evidence to the Education Select Committee in response to their inquiry, ‘Education: Are prisoners being left behind?‘. Key areas of questioning included: access to digital technology; allocations and attendance; incentivising education; and delivering higher level qualifications.       Francesca’s responses […]

26 May 2021 | Training and Leadership

[Archived] Prison educators: Have your say with the PLA and UCU survey

[This survey is no longer available to complete. Become a member of PLA (free to individuals) to receive our evaluation of the findings in an upcoming email.] We are delighted to announce that we have collaborated with University and College Union (UCU) to create a survey to be completed by prison teachers and others providing […]

12 May 2021 | Wednesday Webinars

Wednesday Webinar: Supporting Prison Educators in Lockdown and Beyond, with UCU

In this webinar we explored how the prison sector should adapt – during and following lockdown – to support its education staff. In conversation with Marianne Quick, Bargaining and Negotiations Official (Prisons and Sustainability) at the University and College Union, we discovered how she and her colleagues have been advocating for prison educators throughout lockdown. […]

28 Apr 2021 | Wednesday Webinars

Wednesday Webinar: Spark Inside on the Value of Coaching in Prisons

In this webinar we’re learning about how coaching supports people living and working in prison.   The futures of people affected by the criminal justice system are determined by their potential, not their past.   In conversation with Spark Inside’s Head of Programmes, Dr Karen Graham, and one of Spark Inside’s life coaches, Dorottya Szuk, […]

14 Apr 2021 | Wednesday Webinars

Wednesday Webinar: Training Prison Officers

Gain an insight into prison officer training programmes with experts Dr Geraldine Cleere (WIT) and Gary Jackson (HMPPS). In this webinar we are joined by two experts in prison officer training: Dr Geraldine Cleere, Lecturer in Law and Criminology at Waterford Institute of Technology, and Gary Jackson, Delivery and Development Coordinator in the Custody & […]

10 Mar 2021 | Wednesday Webinars

Wednesday Webinar: Rod Clark, reflecting on 8 years as PET’s CEO

During Rod’s time as CEO, PET has funded over 16,000 courses for people in prison, reaching a landmark 40,000 awards in 2018. Rod has been an inclusive, committed member of the PLA steering committee throughout this time and he is going to be greatly missed. In this webinar, Rod discusses what he has found so […]

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