Prison education plays a crucial part in enabling the rehabilitation and subsequent reintegration for our large – and growing – prison population.
Leadership by staff is pivotal in empowering learners. That’s why the Prisoner Learning Alliance commissioned a report, funded by the Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL), on the role of leadership in prison education:
Leadership in Prison Education: Meeting the challenges of the new system
Informed by interviews with over 50 members of staff in 10 prisons, the report explores the challenges that governors and senior staff are facing in the delivery of prison education, in light of the new contracting and commissioning arrangements.
In her introduction to the report, Dame Ruth Silver, President of FETL, said:
I hope this report will prompt a change, stimulating dialogue between the prison and education communities, encouraging governors and other prison leaders to put education at the heart of their institutions, and demonstrating to the leaders of colleges and independent training providers the important role they could play in this area.
When publishing the report, we invited members of prison staff, decision makers at HMPPS, and PLA members to attend a panel discussion at HMP Wandsworth. Angela Sanders, the author of the report, presented her findings and answered questions from the audience, and our panelists offered their own perspectives on leadership in prison education.
Download and read the report:
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.