Prison Learning Alliance Conference 2018

Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA) Conference and Awards 2018:

Challenges and Opportunities in Prison Education

Thursday 13 September 2018 – 10.00am – 4.30pm

Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University

All Saints Building, All Saints Campus, Manchester M15 6BH

Join us on 13 September for the fifth annual Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA) Conference, hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University. Click here to email for ticket information.

Speakers include:

  • Linda Kennedy – Deputy Director, Prison Education – Ministry of Justice
  • Heather Whitehead – Governor, HMP/YOI Brinsford
  • Alli Black – Deputy Governor, HMP Kirkham
  • Barbara McDonough – Director of Operations, Novus

As well as many more, for a full agenda click below.

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In a year of transformation for how education services are commissioned and delivered, we will be hearing from governors, former learners, practitioners, the voluntary sector and the Ministry of Justice about the challenges and opportunities facing the sector.

Elsewhere, more than 90 organisations and individuals have now become PLA members, aligning themselves with the PLA’s new vision: ‘That all prisoners can engage in high-quality and diverse learning opportunities to help them transform their lives.’

The conference will invite members to come together with other stakeholders to share ideas, network and work together to shape the PLA’s policy priorities for the coming year.

There will also be a presentation of the PLA Awards, celebrating the prison teachers, officers and peer mentors who make an outstanding contribution to education in prison – as nominated by the prisoners they work with.

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The PLA holds its Annual Conference each Autumn. The event brings together experts, including prison staff, the third sector and policy makers, to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the current prison education climate, and how best to drive reform forward. The conferences also host the PLA Awards, which recognise teachers, officers, peer mentors and others who have made an inspiring contribution to education in their prison.

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