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24 May 2019 | Chris Emmett - Weston College (PLA Member) | Presentation | PDF | 1.6MB

Unlocking Potential – Three Years On

In May 2016, Dame Sally Coates published her influential review - Unlocking Potential, which set out a holistic vision for prison education. Following publication of the report, the government accepted the main recommendations in principle. However changes in government and administration meant that a detailed implementation plan was not published. Chris Emmett from Weston College spoke on the panel, providing an update on progress since the report was published. View her presentation here.

16 May 2019 | Prisoner Learning Alliance | PDF | 863.87KB

Unlocking potential – three years on

In May 2016, Dame Sally Coates published her influential review - Unlocking Potential, which set out a holistic vision for prison education. Following publication of the report, the government accepted the main recommendations in principle. However changes in government and administration meant that a detailed implementation plan was not published. In this briefing, we outline progress on the main recommendations.

01 Feb 2018 | PDF | 354.25KB

Prisoner Learning Alliance briefing on decision not to extend National Careers Service (NCS) contracts in prisons

As of 31 March 2018, the contracts for National Career Service (NCS) in every prison in England expired. The decision was taken by the Ministry of Justice not to extend the service, with uncertainty as to what would replace it.

This briefing outlines concerns about the anticipated gap in provision from April 2018, and the hugely valuable role that NCS careers advisors have played in supporting prisoners' education and rehabilitation.

25 Oct 2017 | Prisoner Learning Alliance | PDF | 3.28MB

Greenhouses not Warehouses: A guide to commissioning in prisons

Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) contracts come to an end in April 2018, making way for a new era of prison governor-led education commissioning. Prisons are being given increasing flexibility and control over education budgets and the ability to commission a wide range of provision. The workbook is designed to support prison governors and managers with this process.

01 Jun 2016 | PDF | 1.41MB

What is prison education for? A theory of change exploring the value of learning in prison

Justice Secretary Michael Gove said in a speech to prison Governors: “We want individuals who leave prison to be changed characters [...] to have become assets contributing to society rather than liabilities who bring only costs.” But how does that ‘change’ process happen and what role can education play?

The Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA) aims to stimulate debate around these issues. Using research with teachers and former prisoners, the report examines how we can measure the benefit of education in prison, and how we can improve its provision.

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