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01 September 2021

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The PLA Conference 2021

Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 September 2021

Join us at the PLA Conference 2021 for two afternoons of interactive presentations, panels and workshops with prison education experts.




With speakers including:


The Schedule

Day 1 | Wednesday 29 September


2PM – A roundup of the year in prison education, and a discussion on the work of the PLA with Chair of the PLA Steering Committee, Professor Tom Schuller.


2.45PM – 4.30PM – Presentations and conversations about supporting learners with neurodivergent conditions, with practitioners in prisons. We’ll hear from: Michael Ryan, Inspector at HMI Probation, about the recent Joint Review of evidence on neurodiversity in the criminal justice system; Alice Jones, Additional Learning Needs Coordinator (ALNCO) at HMP and YOI Parc; and Teresa Carroll, National Head for Inclusion at the Education and Training Foundation.


4:30PM – 6PM – BREAK


6PM – 7:15PM – Panel event: Trauma, learning and prisonsHow does trauma affect someone’s ability to learn? What can prisons and teachers do to support learners? Join us at our evening panel discussion with Tanvir Hynes, Head of Education at HMP Bronzefield, Marc Conway, Prisoner Engagement Coordinator at the Prison Reform Trust, Fionnuala Gordon, Head of Trauma Informed Communities at One Small Thing, and Matthew Morgan, Sector Lead for Further Education at Ace Aware Wales.




Day 2 | Thursday 30 September


2PM – A presentation from Jack O’Sullivan, who is directing the Ministry of Justice Accelerator Prisons Project, and a discussion with two post holders at HMP Bristol, about their work offering specialist support on curriculum and progression, and neurodiversity.


2:50PM – 3:30PM – Workshops Session 1. Choose from:

The Scope of Scanning with ReaderPen Secure – Join Julia Clouter, Global Head of Education, and Neil Ryland, Business Development Manager at Scanning Pens, for a discussion on how Scanning Pens have been working with Prison Services to achieve in cell access to reading.


Developing In-Cell Materials – Join Claire Collins, an expert on further education materials, to learn about designing and drafting engaging resources for learners in prison.


3:30PM – 3:45PM – BREAK


3:45PM – 4:30PM – Workshops Session 2. Choose from:

The Life Beyond Project – Hear from Charles Cockell, professor of astrobiology and founder of Life Beyond, the project engaging the prison population to imagine human communities beyond Earth. Discover the project materials available to download and share for free


Philosophy in Prison – Discover the power of philosophy in prisons with Mary Margaret McCabe, Professor of Ancient Philosophy Emerita, and Jim Chamberlain, Research Associate at Philosophy in Prison.


4.30PM – 5.15PM – A presentation and closing address from Charlie Taylor, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons.




We look forward to seeing you there!

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