PLA (Prisoner Learning Alliance)
Prisoners' Education Trust has established the Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA) who meet on a quarterly basis with the following vision:
'That all prisoners can engage in high-quality and diverse learning opportunities to help them transform their lives.'
To achieve this vision, our mission is:
'To provide expertise and strategic vision to inform prison education priorities, policies and practices.'
The PLA is chaired by Alexandra Marks, Chair of Trustees at Prisoners' Education Trust.
The membership is as follows:
- Andrew Wilkie, Director of Radio, Prison Radio Association
- Angela Cairns, CEO, Shannon Trust
- Charlotte Weinberg, Executive Director, Safe Ground
- Cheryl Swales, Project Manager, Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)
- David Corke, Director of Education and Skills Policy, Association of Colleges
- Diana Sutton, Director, The Bell Foundation
- Gee Punia, Head of Employability, The Forward Trust (formerly RAPt / Blue Sky)
- Dr. Jane Hurry, Co-Director of CECJS, Reader in the Psychology of Education, Centre for Education in the Criminal Justice System (CECJS) at the Institute of Education, University of London
- Jessica Plant, National Alliance for Arts in Criminal Justice Project Manager, National Alliance for Arts in Criminal Justice, Clinks
- John Attard, National Policy Officer, Prison Governors Association
- Juliet Hope, Founder and CEO, StartUp
- Kate Paradine, Chief Executive, Women in Prison
- Laurence Gates, Director – Partnerships, Special and International Projects, Education and Training Foundation
- Maria McNicholl, Development Manager, St. Giles Trust
- Mark Blake, Project Development Officer, Black Training and Enterprise Group
- Max Tucker, Assistant Programme Manager, User Voice
- Melanie Jameson, Founder, Dyslexia Consultancy Malvern
- Michala Robertson, Assistant Director, Widening Access and Success Service, Open University
- Rob Mills, Justice Sector Specialist, OCR
- Sarah Turvey, Co-Founder and Director, Prison Reading Groups
- Susan Easton, Head of Digital Learning, Learning & Work Institute (formerly NIACE)
- Tracey Hammond, Communication and Engagement Director, KeyRing
Along with PLA members, meetings are attended by senior officials from the Ministry of Justice. In each meeting there is space on the agenda to hear directly from prisoner or ex- prisoner learners. We also hold one meeting per year in a prison to ensure we can hear the views of as many prisoners and prison staff as possible.
The PLA logo was kindly designed by a prisoner at HMP Highpoint, facilitated by Gensita Dunham, Art & Design Curriculum Manager, People Plus.
To read the latest updates from the PLA, go to the News page and filter by area of interest.