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28 Oct 2021 | PLA Events , Wednesday Webinars

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. In conversation with CEO of Shannon Trust, Ian Merrill, at our recent webinar attendees discussed basic literacy amongst people in prison, and the approach to this issue in the criminal justice system.   ‘Learning to read can be […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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, […]

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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 & […]

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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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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.

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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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