Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA)
Prisoners' Education Trust has established the Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA) who meet on a quarterly basis:
'To bring together diverse non-statutory stakeholders with senior cross-departmental officials, to provide expertise and strategic vision to inform future priorities, policies and practices relating to prison education, learning and skills'.
The membership is as follows:
- Andrew Wilkie, Director of Radio, Prison Radio Association
- Angela Cairns, Chief Executive, Shannon Trust
- Charlotte Weinberg, Executive Director, Safe Ground
- Cheryl Swales, Project Manager, Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)
- Cristina Fernandez, Head of Recovery Support, RAPt (Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust)
- David Corke, Director of Education and Skills Policy, Association of Colleges
- Diana Sutton, Director, The Bell Foundation
- 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 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, Director, Women in Prison
- Laurence Gates, Director – Partnerships, Special and International Projects, Education and Training Foundation
- Maria McNicholl, Head of Prisons, Senior Management Team, 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
- Robert Mills, Sector Specialist: Offender Learning, OCR (Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations)
- Sarah Turvey, Co-Founder and Co-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 Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), Ministry of Justice, Skills Funding Agency, Education Funding Agency, Youth Justice Board, National Offender Management Service (NOMS), Department of Work & Pensions, Ofsted and IMB. In each meeting there is space on the agenda to hear directly from a prisoner or ex- prisoner learner. We also hold one of our quarterly meetings 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, A4E.
To read the latest updates from the PLA, go to the News page and filter by area of interest.