"Support comes in many different ways in this type of environment, from a simple hello to a newcomer to helping someone write a letter.” – Oluseun, Peer Mentor Winner 2017

Since 2015, the PLA awards have recognised outstanding educators in the prison system - be they officers, teachers, librarians, governors or peer mentors. The awards are unique in that every single nomination comes from a serving prisoner. In 2017, the PLA received over 400 nominations.

2018 Awards - nominations now open

Nominations are now open for the 2018 awards. The closing date is Monday 16 July.

Click here to view or download a copy of the nomination form:

Nomination form (Word .docx format)

Nomination form (PDF format)

Completed nomination forms should be posted free of charge to: "Robert, FREEPOST Prisoners' Education Trust".

If you work in prison, we need your help to promote the awards. Click here to view or print a poster introducing the awards and how prisoners can nominate.

The five award categories are:

  1. Outstanding teacher or education staff member
  2. Outstanding officer
  3. Outstanding peer mentor
  4. Outstanding individual (e.g. librarian, governor, charity worker)
  5. Outstanding staff member of mentor in the young people's estate

We look forward to receiving our best set of nominations yet. The winners will be invited to collect their trophies as part of the 2018 PLA Conference on 13 September at Manchester Metropolitan University.

2017 PLA Award Winners



All photos credit: Jessica Bernard / Prisoners' Education Trust

Read more about the 2017 awards here.

You can also click to read about the awards from 2015 and 2016.