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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    Alcatraz escape fundraiser for prisoner learners

    All | 7 May 2014

    In the wake of public outrage at the Governmentโ€™s rules preventing people from sending books to prisoners, 64 year old Martin Farrell, from Kingston, is preparing to swim across the icy, choppy and dangerous San Francisco Bay from Alcatraz Island this month to raise money for the charity Prisoners' Education Trust (PET).

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    Event to promote learning prisons

    All | Education | 24 Apr 2014

    The Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA), which represents 18 expert organisations, is holding a conference on Friday 25th April 2014 at the Open University campus, Milton Keynes to help prisons put learning at the heart of rehabilitation.

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    Celebrating 25 years of prisoner learning

    All | Education | 22 Apr 2014

    Prisoners' Education Trust (PET), a charity that each year funds 2,000 people in prison to change their lives through education, celebrates its 25th birthday.

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    Woman runs first marathon for prisoners

    4 Apr 2014

    A 24 year old woman from Essex is preparing for her first marathon to fundraise for the charity, Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) on Sunday 13th April 2014.

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    Charity says: โ€œPrison books ban is nutsโ€

    All | Education | 24 Mar 2014

    In response to new prison rules restricting access to books the charity Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) has received a number of complaints from prisoners who are frustrated and unable to study.

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    PLA welcomes new report about prison teachers

    All | Information and Communication Technology (ICT) | 25 Feb 2014

    Prisoners' Education Trust (PET), as Secretariat for the Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA), have welcomed a new report from the University and College Union (UCU) outlining research it conducted into prison education, and agree with calls for better support for prison education and for more stability in the system.

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    Teacher runs marathon to help educate prisoners

    All | Education | 30 Jan 2014

    Trainee teacher and law graduate Amy Brown is preparing for her first ever marathon to raise money for Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) on 25th May.

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    PET responds to Justice Committee report: "rehabilitation starts in custody"

    22 Jan 2014

    Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) welcomes todayโ€™s interim report by the Justice Select Committee about the proposed probation and prison reforms but says a greater emphasis must be placed on joining this up with rehabilitation in custody.

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    New research: Education reduces reoffending

    All | Education | 9 Jan 2014

    New Government research published today shows that studying a wide range of courses in prison makes people less likely to reoffend when released.

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    Why learning matters for young adults: MoJ consultation response

    Young people | Government policy | 20 Dec 2013

    Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) has today expressed its concern about Government plans to move all 18-20 year olds from young offenders institutes to adult prisons.