Alliance welcomes Prime Minister’s commitment to prison education

8 Feb 2016

The Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA) welcomed the speech of the Prime Minister today on reforming prison education.  

PLA Chair Alexandra Marks said:

“Our members know how valuable prison education is and how it can reduce crime and reduce the victims of crime. The Prisoner Learning Alliance welcomes the Prime Minister’s commitment to making prison education more effective.

“Education in prison has the potential to transform lives, but it requires the best teachers to engage learners.  The PLA welcomes the Prime Minister’s plan to support the best graduates to teach in our prisons. The PLA would also like to see more professional development for all staff.

“Only the Prison Governor can get the whole prison focusing on rehabilitation and learning: that’s why we called for Governors to have more control and more freedom over how the money is used than the existing contracts allows current providers ”

The PLA has also called for Dame Sally Coates’ review to tackle other barriers to education such as the narrowness of education on offer and the lack of progression, minimal use of ICT and the absence of an effective bridge between prison leavers and the community.

Editor's Notes

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The PLA carries out research, informed by its members, prison staff and prisoner learners, to improve prison education policies. Read the PLA’s briefing on the Future of Prison Education Contracts, published May 2015 and its first report, Smart Rehabilitation, published December 2013.

About Us

The Prisoner Learning Alliance was formed in 2012 by the charity Prisoners’ Education Trust ‘to provide expertise and vision to inform future priorities, policies and practices relating to prison education, learning and skills’. It now brings together 23 expert organisations who work to champion learning for people in prison. For the full list of members visit: