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    Press Release: Government Review seeks to put education at the heart of the youth custodial estate

    Young people | Government policy | 25 Jan 2016

    Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) are delighted to welcome Charlie Taylor at our Academic Symposium at London South Bank University on Monday 25th January 2016.

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    Ofsted highlights urgent need for prison education reform

    All | Government policy | 2 Dec 2015

    Ofsted’s Annual report, published 1.12.2015, is the latest indictment of standards of education in prison, which Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) says highlights huge scope for improvements to be made.

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    Literacy, numeracy and libraries

    All | Government policy | 19 Nov 2015

    Nina Champion, Prisoners' Education Trust's Head of Policy, reports on the latest skills assessments in literacy and numeracy, and argues that prison libraries, as places to support learners, must be protected.

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    Beyond Sport launch event

    All | Sport | 19 Nov 2015

    Last month Nina Champion, Prisoners’ Education Trust’s Head of Policy and co-author of our report ‘Fit for Release’ on sports in prisons went to the launch of the prisoners' sports group the National Alliance of Sport for the Desistance of crime, here she reports back.

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    PET launches youth project

    Young people | Education | 18 Nov 2015

    Clare Taylor, Prisoners' Education Trust’s Policy and Research Officer, writes about a new youth project she is currently working on and ahead of next year's Academic symposium which will focus on education for young people, calls for academics, researchers and policy specialists to get in touch.

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    Blog: what is prison education for?

    All | International | 18 Nov 2015

    Nina Champion, Prisoners’ Education Trust’s Head of Policy writes her second blog reporting on Irish criminology lecturer, Dr. Cormac Behan's address to the European Prison Education Association Conference which tackled the sector’s biggest question – what is prison education for?

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    Press Release: Annual Christmas Carol Concert celebrates the impact of art for prisoners

    All | Arts | 13 Nov 2015

    Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) will be hosting its annual carol concert on Wednesday 2nd December 2015 at St. Paul’s Church, Covent Garden at 6.30pm. This year’s event will celebrate the importance of creative arts which help people in prison to cope and to stay connected with their families and loved ones.

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    New government data on English and Maths skills of prisoners

    All | Education | 4 Nov 2015

    In the first set of comparable figures for over a decade, the government has published data revealing that 46% of people entering the prison system have literacy skills no higher than those broadly expected of an 11 year old child. This is three times more than the 15% of people with similar skills levels in the adult population generally.

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    “Giving prisoners a voice is more important than ever before”, Eric McGraw gives PET’s Annual Lecture

    All | Learner voice | 28 Oct 2015

    Prisoners’ Education Trust will be hosting its Annual Lecture on Monday 2nd November 2015 in London with Eric McGraw, Managing Editor and Founder of Inside Time, the national prisoners’ newspaper. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Inside Time after it was created to offer prisoners a platform for their voices to be heard.

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    Martina Cole visits HMP Thameside

    All | Literacy | 21 Oct 2015

    On Monday 5 October 2015 Prisoners’ Education Trust visited HMP Thameside to hear bestselling crime writer Martina Cole talk to a group of prisoners about the importance of reading and education.