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04 Aug 2020 | Inquiry Evidence Submissions

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 | Wednesday Webinars

Wednesday Webinar: Reflections on Employment with Phil Martin

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 | Wednesday Webinars

Wednesday Webinar: The Work of the National Literacy Trust in Prisons

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 | Wednesday Webinars

Wednesday Webinar: Shakespeare and Prison Learning with Rowan MacKenzie

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.

08 Jul 2020 | PLA Briefings, Reports and Resources

New PLA Briefing: 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 Post: The Value of Technology Training in Prisons with Code4000

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.

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