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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 […] 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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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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