BEST Audience

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 the teachers, officers, peer mentors and others who have made an inspiring contribution to education in their prison. 

PLA Conference 2018

The fifth annual Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA) Conference took place on 13 September 2018, hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University.

Speakers included:

  • The Lord Bird MBE - Crossbench peer, House of Lords and Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Big Issue
  • Linda Kennedy – Deputy Director, Prison Education – Ministry of Justice
  • David Redhouse - Governor, HMP Huntercombe
  • Alli Black – Deputy Governor, HMP Kirkham
  • Andy Laidlaw - Head of Reducing Reoffending, HMP Liverpool
  • Barbara McDonough – Chief Operating Officer, Novus

Click here to view the agenda

In a year of transformation for how education services are commissioned and delivered, we heard 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 invited 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.

We also presented the fourth annual 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.

You can read more and access resources from previous conferences below:

PLA Conference 2017

PLA Conference 2016 

PLA Conference 2015 

PLA Conference 2014