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16 Jan 2020 | Prison Education News

DPS Maximum Contract Length Extended

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).

13 Dec 2019 | Prison Education News

What’s happening with the DPS?

The Dynamic Purchasing System launched over a year ago. In this blog post, we take a look at the DPS on year on, and how prisons are using DPS and which areas are being funded.

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25 Sep 2019 | PLA Conference

The PLA Conference 2019: A Round-Up

On the 3 September, the PLA held its annual conference. We heard lots of interesting speakers and presentations. Here is a summary of the workshop presentations and a link to the slides.

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25 Sep 2019 | PLA Awards

The PLA Awards 2019: Winners Announced

On 3 September the PLA held its annual awards at the Open University campus in Milton Keynes. The awards celebrate the staff and mentors making a real difference in prison education.

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21 Aug 2019 | Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring the DPS

The DPS (Dynamic Purchasing System) is the process individual prisons use to buy education services.  How is it working? The Prisoner Learning Alliance has been working with Clinks to find out.

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25 Jul 2019 | Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring Outcomes for People Leaving Prison

New figures on working after leaving prison released today.
Getting a job after being released is often key to stopping people committing crimes and resettling successfully. Read our new blog that looks at the latest employment figures for people six weeks after leaving prisons and makes the case for collecting education data too.

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16 May 2019 | Monitoring and Evaluation

Unlocking Potential – three years on

We have launched our new briefing, reviewing progress on the ground-breaking Coates Report, which reviewed prison education. It shows that while there has been some progress there is still a long way to go.

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14 Feb 2019 | Digital Technology , Guest Blog Posts

Making the Case for Digital Technology to the Minister for Prisons

In this blog, Ruth McFarlane, co-chair of the Digital Technology Task and Finish Group, talks about her recent meeting with the Minister for Prisons to discuss developing digital technology, together with the PLA chair and PLA Member Prisoners’ Education Trust.

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