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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 […] compress image scaled

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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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 […] compress image scaled

11 Jun 2021 | Inquiry Evidence Submissions

PLA gives evidence to the Education Select Committee Inquiry – Are prisoners being left behind?

This week, Francesca Cooney, who coordinates the Secretariat for the Prisoner Learning Alliance, gave evidence to the Education Select Committee in response to their inquiry, ‘Education: Are prisoners being left behind?‘. Key areas of questioning included: access to digital technology; allocations and attendance; incentivising education; and delivering higher level qualifications.       Francesca’s responses […]


09 Dec 2020 | Inquiry Evidence Submissions , Monitoring and Evaluation

Have your say on prison education

The Education Select Committee are running an inquiry – are prisoners being left behind? Find out more and get involved here.

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04 Aug 2020 | Inquiry Evidence Submissions

PLA Submits Evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights

We believe that education is a human right to which all people are entitled, regardless of age or sociocultural background, which is why we recently submitted evidence on education in prison during lockdown.

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