PET and PLA consultation response to the future development of Advanced Learning Loans

Published: Aug 2014


PET and the PLA put forward concerns about plans to expand the Advanced Learning Loans system both by age and level arguing that this will impact negatively on current and potential prisoner learners. PET and the PLA advocate for and promote educational progression in prisons and are concerned that the expansion of Advanced Learning Loans will hinder rather than promote progression. The consultation response includes evidence from prisoners that the withdrawal of funding for level 3 qualifications has been having a negative impact and restricting their educational progression. We therefore recommend not going ahead with plans to expand the loans system and furthermore, would support moving in the opposite direction by taking prisoners out of the existing requirement for Advanced Learning Loans altogether.