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18 Feb 2020 | Angela Sanders | PDF | 737.61KB

Leadership in Prison Education: Meeting the Challenges of the New System

Based on interviews with over 50 staff in ten prisons, the report explores the challenges Governors and senior staff are facing in leading and managing prison education, in the light of the new contracting and commissioning arrangements.

The research was generously funded by FETL, the Further Education Trust for Leadership and carried out by an independent researcher, Angela Sanders, who spoke to Governors, Heads of Learning and Skills and Education Managers.

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.

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