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08 Jun 2022 | Prison Education News

Initial thoughts on the new education contracts

On 26th May, PLA members, and some eminent speakers gathered in London for our first face-to-face meeting in over two years. We met to discuss our hopes and aspirations for the new prison education contracts.

06 Apr 2022 | Monitoring and Evaluation , Prison Education News

Recovery in prison education is too slow

Ofsted have just released their research on education recovery in prisons looking at how prisons are reintroducing activities following the pandemic lockdown. Recovery in prisons has been much slower than in the community and Ofsted found too little progress. compress image scaled

10 Feb 2022 | Inquiry Evidence Submissions

The Prisons Strategy White Paper: Seven Asks from the PLA

The Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA) written response to the Prisons Strategy White Paper is the conclusion of conversations with our members, including prison educators and people with lived experience of prison. We are grateful to each contributor for your ideas, and we will be working hard to try and make them happen.   Prisoners are […]

28 Jan 2022 | Prison Education News

The Final Evidence Session of the Education Select Committee Inquiry on Prison Education

The last annual report by Ofsted revealed that only 9 of the 32 institutions inspected were judged to be ‘good’, with the vast majority requiring improvement, or deemed ‘inadequate’. How do you defend the Government’s poor record on prison education?   This was the first question asked in the final evidence session of the Education […]

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15 Dec 2021 | Prison Education News

We Want Your Views: The Prisons Strategy White Paper

PLA members will be aware that the Prisons Strategy White Paper was published last week. This reiterates the government’s commitment to expanding the prison estate, recruiting more officers and a zero-tolerance approach to drugs in custody. They also promise a step change in education, work-focused skills, training, and employment in prisons. However, while there are […]

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