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24 Nov 2021 | Inquiry Evidence Submissions

PLA submits evidence to the Youth Unemployment Committee

In March this year, the House of Lords Youth Unemployment Committee launched a call for evidence for its inquiry into the available and essential education and skills for people aged 16 to 24 in England. At PLA, we used our collective voice to advocate for those in, and leaving, custody. The report by the Youth […]

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18 Nov 2021 | Uncategorised

We are hiring: Network Officer at PET/PLA

Post: Network Officer Salary: £31,000 approx Hours: Full time (35 hours) or 28 hours (salary pro rata) per week. We are flexible about how these hours are worked (8am -7pm Monday to Friday). Some evening work may be required for events or meetings. Location: Based in our London office a minimum of one day a […]

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28 Oct 2021 | PLA Events , Wednesday Webinars

Wednesday Webinar: Unlocking the Power of Reading with Shannon Trust

50% of people in prison cannot read, or struggle to. Shannon Trust inspires and trains prisoners who can read to teach prisoners who can’t. In conversation with CEO of Shannon Trust, Ian Merrill, at our recent webinar attendees discussed basic literacy amongst people in prison, and the approach to this issue in the criminal justice system.   ‘Learning to read can be […]

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07 Oct 2021 | PLA Conference , PLA Events

PLA Conference 2021: The Complete Summary

The PLA Conference 2021 took place online, with two days of interactive presentations and insightful conversations. With over 20 speakers and 180 participants, we heard about prison education from many expert perspectives. The complete summary of the Conference, with recordings and key resources, is available here:   

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16 Sep 2021 | Uncategorised

Upcoming Wednesday Webinar: Unlocking the Power of Reading with Shannon Trust

50% of people in prison cannot read, or struggle to. Shannon Trust inspires and trains prisoners who can read to teach prisoners who can’t. Join us at our upcoming Wednesday Webinar in conversation with Ian Merrill, CEO of Shannon Trust. We’ll hear about how the organisation continues to support independent reading during the COVID-19 restrictions […]

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01 Sep 2021 | PLA Conference , PLA Events

PLA Conference 2021: Book your free ticket now!

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 […]

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13 Aug 2021 | PLA Briefings, Reports and Resources

PLA and UCU Publish a New Report on the Experiences of Prison Teachers

‘Prison education is a neglected area, in society generally and within post-secondary education. Yet we have a large – and growing – prison population, whose educational needs are as great as any. For individuals and for wider society, education can play a crucial part in enabling their rehabilitation and subsequent reintegration. Teachers in prison have […]

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05 Aug 2021 | Curriculum Development

PLA Curriculum Working Group July Meeting Minutes

The Curriculum Working Group, established this year, have been meeting regularly to discuss how PLA can influence the prison education curriculum, and the changes that educators and prisoners would like to see.

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30 Jul 2021 | Uncategorised

New short film shares the perspective of prison tutors

We’ve been working with Safe Ground throughout COVID-19 to offer prison educators a space to connect during otherwise solitary lockdown(s). The ‘Common Room’ is a free digital series of conversational sessions for attendees to share their experiences, current challenges and good practice in prisoner education. Following discussions in the Common Room, a group of prison […]

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28 Jul 2021 | Inquiry Evidence Submissions

PLA Submits Evidence to the Justice Committee Inquiry on Women in Prison

In our submission we argue that progress on reducing the women’s prison population is glacial. Although there is a massive amount of evidence and significant agreement about what reduces women’s offending, this is not being translated into policy or practice. Real progress requires leadership, political will and significant investment. We outline the need for better […]

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