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06 Aug 2020 | Events , Wednesday Webinars

Wednesday Webinar: Jamie Grundy on Using Convictions as a USP

Jamie Grundy, trainer and educator in prison and higher education joins Rod Clark, Chief Executive of the Prisoner’s Education Trust to discuss using convictions as a USP when supporting individuals into employment and higher education.

04 Aug 2020 | Monitoring and Evaluation

PLA submits evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights

We believe that education is a human right to which all people are entitled, regardless of age or sociocultural background, which is why we recently submitted evidence on education in prison during lockdown.

Prison peer mentor helping another man to access a computer

23 Jul 2020 | Events , Wednesday Webinars

Wednesday Webinar: Phil Martin – Reflections on Employment

Phil Martin, founder of the Ex-Seed employment agency and ex-prisoner, speaks with Penny Parker, founder of prisoner employment charity Stand Out. Phil reflects back on his time in prison and setting up a prisoner’s careers service.

15 Jul 2020 | Events , Wednesday Webinars

Wednesday Webinar: Rebecca Perry – The National Literacy Trust

In this Webinar Rod Clark, Chief Executive of the Prisoner’s Education Trust, joins Rebecca Perry from The National Literacy Trust (NTC). Although relatively new to criminal justice, The National Literacy Trust’s projects have had a great impact on prisoner learning; Rebecca outlines their successes and discusses how the organisation will continue to support prison learning in the future.

15 Jul 2020 | Events , Wednesday Webinars

Wednesday Webinar: Rowan MacKenzie – Shakespeare and Prison Learning

In this Wednesday Webinar we hear from Rowan MacKenzie about her inspiring work, bringing Shakespeare into prisons. She speaks with Jess Plant, director of the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, about forming prison-based theatre groups across the UK and her plans to continue transforming prison learning moving forward.

15 Jul 2020 | Events , Wednesday Webinars

Wednesday Webinar: Nicky Park – St Giles Trust

In this Wednesday Webinar, Nicky Park, Head of Prisons and Women’s services for St Giles Trust, speaks about tailoring prison care to the needs of women, and St Giles Trust’s work during the Coronavirus outbreak.

15 Jul 2020 | Events , Uncategorised , Wednesday Webinars

Wednesday Webinar: Angela Cairns, former CEO of Shannon Trust

In our first Wednesday Webinar we hear from Angela Cairns former CEO of Shannon Trust, a charity delivering vital literacy education to those incarcerated in the UK. She speaks with Professor Tom Schuller about challenges related to delivering prison education and the importance of amplifying prisoner voices. 

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.

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