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 Since 1989, Prisoners Education Trust has been providing access to broader learning opportunities for prisoners, to enhance their chances of building a better life after release. 

We do this through a grants programme which assists over 2,000 prisoners each year to study distance learning courses in subjects and levels not available in prison. We also provide advice and support, and we make the case for improving policy and practice.

To find out more about our Learning Matters policy project or to receive a monthly update about what we do, sign up to our enews.


Vicky Pryce to speak at PET event on Friday 12th September

PET's South London Supporters' Group are pleased to announce their forthcoming event 'Women in prison - the human cost' featuring economist and commentator Vicky Pryce. Vicky will speak about her experience of prison, the issues affecting women in the criminal justice system, and her views on reform as outlined in her recent book 'Prisonomics'. See our events page to find out more.

Author Susan Hill presents Radio appeal 

As part of PET's celebrations in its 25th birthday year, we are delighted to announce that author Susan Hill will present a BBC Radio 4 Appeal for us on September 14th 2014. Watch this space for further updates about the appeal and to support us visit our JustGiving page.

PET reduces reoffending

The UK Government's own research shows that people we have worked with are a quarter less likely to reoffend.

A recent report was carried out by the MoJ Justice Data Lab, published in January 2014 which shows people supported by PET to study distance learning courses in prison are a quarter less likely to reoffend than a matched sample of ex-prisoners with the same characteristics. 


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Our mission

  • To offer prisoners access to, and support for, the widest range of education and training opportunities.
  • To promote to policy makers and the public the importance of offender education.

Our vision

Our vision is that every prisoner has the opportunity to benefit from education.

It's PET's 25th birthday

It's Prisoners Education Trust's 25th birthday in 2014 and as part of the activities we've got planned we will be launching a brand new website to replace our existing one. With generous support from The Worshipful Company of Weavers and the Big Lottery Fund, PET is looking forward to unveiling a new site with a resource library and a fresh new look later in the summer.

The new site is still in its developing stages and we are welcoming feedback from current users of PETís website through our online survey, which can be accessed here.

Please do take a few moments to let us know how you like to use our site and help us create a more effective and user-friendly website in 2014.