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    The real work starts here: moving forward after Coates

    All | Government policy | 18 May 2016

    As PET welcomes the announcement of sweeping changes to prison education, Rod Clark warns of some of the risks that comes with increased governor autonomy.

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    PLA case study #1: Sarah Turvey, Director, Prison Reading Groups

    29 Apr 2016

    Two years ago, PET set up the Prisoner Learning Alliance, a network of charities and other organisations working in education in the prison sector. Individually, PLA members span the prison learning journey, from basic literacy, to further education, to employment. Collectively, the PLA aims to provide the expertise and strategic vision to inform future priorities, policies and practices. Each e-news, we will ask one of our members to tell us more their organisation, and share some of the delights and demands of supporting learning in this sector.

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    Why our attitude to technology in prisons needs an upgrade

    All | Technology | 28 Apr 2016

    Is it too risky to let prisoners access technology? PET's Head of Policy Nina Champions says that particularly when it comes to education, the real danger is allowing the digital divide to grow.

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    HMP Parc welcomes local colleges

    All | Education | 28 Apr 2016

    PET's Welsh team were invited to a college fair at HMP Parc, where they met prison learners with a range of aspirations.

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    A view from Europe

    All | International | 28 Apr 2016

    Head of Policy Nina Champion reports from Athens, where she attended her second steering committee meeting as Western Europe Representative for the EPEA.

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    From Grendon to graduation

    All | University/prison partnerships | 28 Apr 2016

    A new wave of prison/university partnerships promise to bring enormous benefits to all types of learners, as was proved by a unique graduation ceremony in HMP Grendon.

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    Wife, teacher, prisoner: shining a light on women 'in' prison

    Women | Women | 30 Mar 2016

    Nina Champion is head of policy at PET, and previously worked for the charity Women in Prison. Here she reflects on the various roles women play within the prison system, and how they are often a hidden, and underutilised source of strength for those inside.

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    Hardwick tells prison reformers to โ€œseize the dayโ€ at time of change

    All | Government policy | 30 Mar 2016

    Speaking in his new capacity as professor at Royal Holloway's School of Law, former Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick was characteristically candid about the deterioration of the country's prison system, but optimistic about the international and domestic appetite for real reform.

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    From Good Works Alone to Advocacy: a Charityโ€™s Journey

    All | Government policy | 27 Mar 2016

    A Case Study in Prisonersโ€™ Education, by Andrew Purkis

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    Poetry in commotion

    All | Arts | 23 Mar 2016

    To mark World Poetry Day on 21st March, PET looked at the role of poetry in prisons and asked some people currently in prison to share their writing.