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11 Jun 2021 | Inquiry Evidence Submissions

PLA June Evidence Submission to the Education Select Committee Inquiry on Prison Education

This week, Head of Policy at Prisoners’ Education Trust and the Prisoner Learning Alliance, Francesca Cooney, presented evidence to the House of Commons Education Select Committee in response to their inquiry, ‘Education: Are prisoners being left behind?‘. Francesca was representing the Prison Network Alliance, a network of people and organisations who advocate for improved prison […]

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 […]

10 Mar 2021 | Curriculum Development

Roundtable Discussion on the In-Cell Curriculum

With face-to-face education on hold, or extremely limited in most prisons across England and Wales, in-cell education is likely to be the reality for the coming months. In December 2020, PLA members generously gave their time and shared their experiences of in-cell learning during COVID-19. We are grateful to everyone who joined us and contributed […]

23 Feb 2021 | Wednesday Webinars

Wednesday Webinar: Prison Education in Wales

In this webinar we were joined by Jessica Mugaseth, Lead for the Offenders’ Learning Policy at the Welsh Government, and Gemma McDowell, Operational Assurance Lead at HMPPS Wales. The Welsh Government is in close partnership with HMPPS Wales, so our guests regularly work together to support the provision of prison education.

23 Feb 2021 | Wednesday Webinars

Wednesday Webinar: New Futures Network

At this webinar, Duncan O’Leary, CEO of New Futures Network, talked about his work creating routes to employment for people for when they leave prison.

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