Wednesday Webinars

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The popular PLA Wednesday Webinars were informal, informative and interactive Zoom events. Chaired by a member of the Prisoner Learning Alliance Steering Committee, each 1-hour afternoon webinar included a presentation by prison education experts on a topical sector issue, and an audience Q&A.

Tune in to the audio recordings of Wednesday Webinars through the PLA SoundCloud.


Previous Wednesday Webinars

03 Nov 2022 | Prison Education News , Wednesday Webinars

Wednesday Webinar: Family learning in prisons

In this webinar, we are joined by Prison Advice and Care Trust, Prison Reading Groups, National Literacy Trust, and The Reading Agency, to discuss family learning in prisons. The session is chaired by Jonathan Gilbert – PLA Steering Committee member and former prisoner – who reflects on the impact initiatives such as these had on him, and his family, while in prison.

04 Oct 2022 | PLA Events , Prison Education News , Wednesday Webinars

Wednesday Webinar: The educational experiences of men in prison

In this webinar, we are joined by Dr Helen Nichols, author of Understanding the Educational Experiences of Imprisoned Men, to to talk about how education is used by men in prison to cope with prison life, to reconsider their identity and to develop and maintain relationships.

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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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08 Jul 2021 | Wednesday Webinars

Wednesday Webinar: Learning After Lockdown

Developing the prison curriculum is a priority for the PLA, following consultation with our members. This webinar looks at how educators can engage and reengage prison learners as lockdown eases.     In this webinar we consider the implications of potential changes to the prison regime, the impacts of lockdown on education progression, and the […]

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24 Jun 2021 | Wednesday Webinars

Wednesday Webinar: Unlocked Graduates on the Role of Prison Officers in Education

In this webinar we are joined by Natasha Porter, CEO and Founder of Unlocked Graduates, and Maria, a prison officer graduate of the programme, to learn about the role of officers in promoting prison education.   Prison officers should be central to prison education. They get access to every prisoner: prisoners who don’t opt in […]

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12 May 2021 | Wednesday Webinars

Wednesday Webinar: Supporting Prison Educators in Lockdown and Beyond, with UCU

In this webinar we explored how the prison sector should adapt – during and following lockdown – to support its education staff. In conversation with Marianne Quick, Bargaining and Negotiations Official (Prisons and Sustainability) at the University and College Union, we discovered how she and her colleagues have been advocating for prison educators throughout lockdown. […]

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28 Apr 2021 | Wednesday Webinars

Wednesday Webinar: Spark Inside on the Value of Coaching in Prisons

In this webinar we’re learning about how coaching supports people living and working in prison.   The futures of people affected by the criminal justice system are determined by their potential, not their past.   In conversation with Spark Inside’s Head of Programmes, Dr Karen Graham, and one of Spark Inside’s life coaches, Dorottya Szuk, […]

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