01 Jun 2016 | PDF | 1.41MB

What is prison education for? A theory of change exploring the value of learning in prison

Justice Secretary Michael Gove said in a speech to prison Governors: “We want individuals who leave prison to be changed characters [...] to have become assets contributing to society rather than liabilities who bring only costs.” But how does that ‘change’ process happen and what role can education play?

The Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA) aims to stimulate debate around these issues. Using research with teachers and former prisoners, the report examines how we can measure the benefit of education in prison, and how we can improve its provision.

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