Media & Press

Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) wants the public to have a better understanding of why it is important to support prisoners with learning, training and skills. We are happy to assisting journalists and the media with any queries related to our work. Contact the press office, search through our press releases below, read articles mentioning PET and engage with stories about our learners.

PET also produces Learning Matters e-news, a monthly email bulletin with the latest updates and analysis on developments within PET and in the wider criminal justice sector, particularly focusing on organisations that support learning, training and skills for prisoners. You can sign up here. 


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    Prisoners' Education Trust responds to ‘dismal’ HMIP report

    All | Education | 14 Jul 2015

    The HM Inspectorate of Prisons annual report published today (Tuesday 14th July) underlines the urgent need for education in prison to be given a higher priority in response to ‘dismal’ learning outcomes noted by inspectors, Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) says.

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    Academics bring university to prisons

    All | International | 9 Jun 2015

    Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) welcomes professors from America and the UK to discuss their innovative prison exchange partnerships at its Academic Prisons Symposium on 9th June, at the University of Cambridge. Professors highlight projects taking university students to learn alongside prisoners, such as the US Inside-Out programme, which was replicated in the UK for the first time in 2014.

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    Closing the digital divide in prisons with innovation

    All | Information and Communication Technology (ICT) | 8 Jun 2015

    PET's Academic Prisons Symposium, at the University of Cambridge on 9 June 2015, brings together the latest global research and learning from projects which are closing the digital divide between education in prisons and outside. Academics from the University of Durham, The Open University (OU) and University of Southern Queensland (USQ) discuss how secure e-learning could revolutionise prison learning.

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    PLA calls for improvements to prison education contracts

    All | Government policy | 18 May 2015

    The Prisoner Learning Alliance(PLA), representing 23 expert organisations, calls on the newly appointed Secretaries of State for Justice, Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP, and for Business and Skills, Rt. Hon Savid Javid MP, to take an early opportunity to reduce crime by improving prison education.

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    Press Release: Justice report calls for greater focus on what works

    All | Government policy | 18 Mar 2015

    Prisoners’ Education Trust welcomes the Justice Committee’s report published today (18 March 2015) and its inquiry Prisons: planning and policies, calling for a greater focus on what works. Rod Clark said: “This important report provides further evidence of the decline in educational opportunities for prisoners and therefore we urge the government to meet its recommendations to improve rehabilitation, learning and skills."

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    Help prisoners to read on World Book Day

    All | Literacy | 5 Mar 2015

    Today, on World Book Day 2015, Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) celebrates the charities and staff members supporting people in prison to read and calls for greater access to prison libraries to further their rehabilitation.

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    Restricting prisoners’ access to books ruled unlawful

    All | Government policy | 10 Dec 2014

    Prisoners’ Education Trust welcomes the decision by the High Court on Friday 5 December and hopes that it will lead to prisoners having better access to books. The rules introduced in November 2013 under the Incentives and Earned Privileges scheme prevent prisoners from receiving certain items in the post including books.

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    Carol Concert Celebrates Prisoner Learners

    All | 25 Nov 2014

    Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) is holding its annual carol concert on Tuesday 2nd December 2014 at 6:30pm in St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, London with guest humanitarian author Terry Waite who will be speaking about Christmas in captivity. Tickets are still available at £20 call 0203 7525680 to book.

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    Michael Spurr commits to "an effective education curriculum”

    All | Government policy | 18 Nov 2014

    On 17th November 2014, delivering Prisoners’ Education Trust’s annual lecture, ‘Using Time: not doing time, a constructive and humane regime for longer sentenced prisoners’, Michael Spurr, Chief Executive, National Offender Management Service, said he is committed to an effective education curriculum for all learners in prison.

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    PLA tells Parliament prisons need 'smart rehabilitation'

    All | Government policy | 10 Nov 2014

    Today (Monday 10 November) Rod Clark, Chief Executive, Prisoners’ Education Trust, will tell Parliament that people in prison are losing out on the chance to gain vital skills that could help them move away from crime when they are released.