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17 Sep 2020 | Digital Technology , Events , PLA conference

How is HMPPS supporting the delivery of education during lockdown?

Sarah Fitzgerald, Head of Education Quality at HMPPS, kicked off this year’s PLA conference with an update on how HMPPS is supporting education during lockdown. We provide an overview of Sarah’s key points. 

15 Jul 2020 | Digital Technology , Events

Webinar with Darryl Jones and Richard Booth, Augmented reality in YOIs

In this Wednesday Webinar we hear from Darryl Jones and Richard Booth who are pioneering the use of Augmented Reality technology in prison learning. They are joined by Andrew Dahl from Coracle Inside, an organisation working to make laptops available in-cell.

08 Jul 2020 | Digital Technology

New PLA briefing on digital technology in prisons

The Prisoner Learning Alliance has published a new briefing, The Digital Divide: Lessons from prisons abroad.

The briefing looks at effective uses of digital technology in prison education around the world from Spain and Australia, including examples such as in-cell tablets and virtual-reality headsets. Projects in other countries demonstrate that it is possible to provide safe, secure, restricted intranet and internet access to prisoners.

06 Jul 2020 | Digital Technology

Guest blog by Rod Anderson, CEO of Code4000: “There is a clear transformative effect on our students”

Code4000 teaches coding skills to people in prison, helping people with convictions to find employment upon release whilst also helping to fill the nationwide shortage in coding and technology-related skills. In this blog, Code4000’s CEO Rod Anderson talks about the impact of their workshops, as well as some of the challenges they come across in delivering their work.

24 Jun 2020 | Digital Technology , Monitoring and Evaluation

PLA submits evidence to Education Select Committee

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 our full submission here.

16 Jan 2020 | Digital Technology

DPS maximum contract length increased to two years

The Ministry of Justice have extended the maximum length of Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) contracts to two years, a move called for by the Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA).

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