"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 for the 2018 awards closed on the 16 July. Click here to view or download a copy of the nomination form:

Nomination form (Word .docx format)

Nomination form (PDF format)

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 will shortly be announcing our winners, who are being invited to collect their awards as part of the 2018 PLA Conference, taking place 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.