Our Vision: That all prisoners can engage in high-quality and diverse learning opportunities to help them transform their lives
Our Mission: To provide expertise and strategic vision to inform prison education priorities, policies and practices.
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Our work is directed and governed by an elected Steering Committee. The PLA is chaired by Professor Tom Schuller, who has held senior posts in academia and policy, is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and a visiting professor at Birkbeck and the UCL Institute of Education. Secretariat is provided by Francesca Cooney at the Prisoners’ Education Trust.
Improving Access to Digital Technology
In July 2020 the PLA published The Digital Divide, a briefing which explores and offers examples of good practice in digital technology, as demonstrated by prisons around the world. From in-cell tablets to virtual reality headsets, innovative projects highlight the potential for valuable, secure internet access for prisoners.
Developing the Prison Education Curriculum
In addition to responding to the UK Parliament Education Committee’s inquiry, Education: Are prisoners being left behind? with our own submission, we have established an expert PLA Working Group to develop our work on the prison curriculum.
Monitoring Prison Education
We commission expert research to inform our policies, such as our 2020 report, Leadership in Prison Education: Meeting the challenges of the new system, funded by the Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL).
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