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16 Sep 2021 | Uncategorised

Upcoming Wednesday Webinar: Unlocking the Power of Reading with Shannon Trust

50% of people in prison cannot read, or struggle to. Shannon Trust inspires and trains prisoners who can read to teach prisoners who can’t. Join us at our upcoming Wednesday Webinar in conversation with Ian Merrill, CEO of Shannon Trust. We’ll hear about how the organisation continues to support independent reading during the COVID-19 restrictions […]

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01 Sep 2021 | PLA Conference , PLA Events

PLA Conference 2021: Book your free ticket now!

The PLA Conference 2021 Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 September 2021 Join us at the PLA Conference 2021 for two afternoons of interactive presentations, panels and workshops with prison education experts.     With speakers including:   The Schedule Day 1 | Wednesday 29 September   2PM – A roundup of the year in prison education, and a discussion […]

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13 Aug 2021 | PLA Briefings, Reports and Resources

PLA and UCU Publish a New Report on the Experiences of Prison Teachers

‘Prison education is a neglected area, in society generally and within post-secondary education. Yet we have a large – and growing – prison population, whose educational needs are as great as any. For individuals and for wider society, education can play a crucial part in enabling their rehabilitation and subsequent reintegration. Teachers in prison have […]

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05 Aug 2021 | Curriculum Development

PLA Curriculum Working Group July Meeting Minutes

The Curriculum Working Group, established this year, have been meeting regularly to discuss how PLA can influence the prison education curriculum, and the changes that educators and prisoners would like to see.

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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 […]

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28 Jul 2021 | Inquiry Evidence Submissions

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 […]

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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 […]

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24 Jun 2021 | Wednesday Webinars

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 […] compress image scaled

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 […]

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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 […]

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