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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.


Join Us For Lunch Inside


It's our birthday! We are planning a number of activities for PET's 25th birthday this year. We are keeping most of these top secret before our birthday on 19th April, but we can tell you about an unusual birthday lunch at The Clink, HMP Brixton in June. This unique occasion is courtesy of the South London Supporters’ Group who organise fundraising events for PET every year. To find out more click here.

Trustee Vacancies

We are looking for 2-3 new trustees, especially  those with current experience of direct delivery of education in the prison system; executive management of small to medium sized charities, relevant to an organisation such as PET with a turnover of around £1m and 14 employees; charity sector financial management and accounting; experience of, and interest in, fundraising for a charity; or PR and public affairs. For the person specification and to find out more click here.

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 in spring this year.

The new site is still in its developing stages and we are welcoming feedback from current users of PET’s 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.