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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    Restricted regimes and overcrowding impact education finds HMIP report

    All | Education | 23 Oct 2014

    In response to HM Inspectorate of prisons’ annual report published on Tuesday 21st October, Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) is disappointed that prisoners are still spending too much time locked up, instead of studying or completing training to enable them to move on from prison.

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    Ex-prisoner from Portsmouth’s Great South Run

    All | Education | 22 Oct 2014

    A 30 year old ex-prisoner from Portsmouth is preparing for the ten mile race to raise funds for the charity that helped him during his sentence, Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET), on Sunday 26th October 2014.

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    Prisoners' views of education: new report

    All | Learner voice | 24 Sep 2014

    A new report from the charity Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) offers a rare insight into prisoners’ views on education and finds that learning in prison could and should do more to help prisoners progress beyond basic skills. Brain Cells: Listening to Prisoner Learners (Third edition), based on a survey of 340 prisoners, offers strategic recommendations to meet the needs of all learners.

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    Inspectors’ report shows prison education must be valued

    All | Government policy | 16 Sep 2014

    Prisoners’ Education Trust says a new report published by HM Inspectorate of Prisons, Probation and Ofsted ‘Resettlement provision for adult offenders: Accommodation and education, training and employment’ is further evidence that education must be prioritised for effective rehabilitation of prisoners.

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    Local votes could win prisons charity £3,000

    All | Education | 15 Sep 2014

    Prisoners’ Education Trust has been shortlisted for the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014 in South London. With enough public votes, PET has a chance to be awarded a grant of up to £3,000. Visit branches in Cheam, London Raynes Park, Mitcham, Sutton and Worcester Park to give people an opportunity to lead crime-free lives.

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    A4e to stop delivering education in London prisons

    All | Education | 13 Aug 2014

    In response to A4e's decision to stop delivering education provision in London's prisons, Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) is concerned about the impact of overcrowding on rehabilitation and the affect this is having on classes.

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    Charity says: “Sports in prisons is being side-lined"

    All | Sport | 30 Jul 2014

    Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) has responded to recent incidents of disorder and self-harm in the wake of overcrowding and staff shortages across prisons in England and Wales. Rod Clark, PET Chief Executive, writing in the Huffington Post, highlights the negative impact this has on sports-based learning.

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    Chief Inspector calls for supervised access to internet

    All | Information and Communication Technology (ICT) | 24 Jun 2014

    Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) welcomed a speech by Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons today commending its recent report with the Prison Reform Trust calling for prisoners to be given secure access to the internet to support their rehabilitation.

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    £24,000 grant for Jersey prisoners' education

    All | Distance learning | 16 Jun 2014

    Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) is pleased to announce a new programme of support to rehabilitate men and women at HMP La Moye, thanks to a generous £24,000 two year grant from the Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands.

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    Ex-prisoner wins Adult Learners' award

    Ex-prisoners | Education | 10 Jun 2014

    In its 25th anniversary year, Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) is proud that one of its alumni, Junior Smart, has been selected as a regional Adult Learners’ Award winner for his achievements in higher education and at work helping hundreds of disadvantaged young Londoners.