Prisoner Learning Alliance Update

26 Feb 2016

Latest PLA meeting

The PLA met in HMYOI Feltham for their 13th meeting.  The minutes of the meeting are here. Topics discussed included:

  • The Prime Minister’s speech on prison education
  • Developing work on a Theory of Change for prison education
  • The Coates Review of prison education
  • The Taylor Review into the youth justice system

PLA members heard from the Education Manager and some learners about their experiences.

The future of the PLA

The Chair explained that PET had applied for funding to put the PLA on a sustainable footing and if successful, an independent review of the PLA would be carried out.  Many organisations have expressed in interest in becoming members of the PLA, but current structures do not support an ever widening membership. Following the external review it is likely there will be a new terms of reference and membership structure.

Advancing Equality

Melanie JamesonAt the meeting PLA member Melanie Jameson, Dyslexia Consultancy Malvern, raised awareness of new guidance on ‘Advancing Equality’ due to be published by National Offender Management Service (NOMS) Equality, Rights and Decency Group shortly.  This would relate to any prisoner with ‘protected characteristics’ under the Equality Act.  Melanie has also been in contact with Prisons Minister Andrew Selous to give him a copy of her guide ‘Releasing Potential’One area Melanie has been keen to address with ministers is the difference between Learning Disabilities and Specific Learning Difficulties, having found that confusion arises from the conflation ‘LDD’, favoured by NOMS. For more information on this topic, please contact Melanie at: