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    An Inspector Calls: a handbook for inspecting learning and skills

    Young people | Education | 19 Aug 2015

    The new handbook for the inspection of learning and skills and work activities in prisons and young offender institutions has been released and comes into play on 1st September. Here are ten points to note about the new handbook…let us know what you think!

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    Call out for participants in PhD

    Ex-prisoners | Education | 20 Jul 2015

    David Honeywell writes: "Education has long been regarded a major factor in the rehabilitative process and though many studies have been conducted in prisons across the world as to the benefits of education, little has been done on what happens to ex- prisoners who left prison to continue their education."

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    Alliance welcomes the Justice Secretary’s speech on prisons

    All | Government policy | 17 Jul 2015

    The Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA), representing 23 expert organisations, welcomes the Secretary of State for Justice, Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP’s commitment to prioritise education in prisons, announced in a speech today (17th July 2015).

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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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    Barclays boosts prisoners' job prospects

    All | Employability | 18 Jun 2015

    A new collaboration between Barclays bank and prisons in Kent and Sussex aims to boost prisoners’ chances of getting a job on release. HMP Lewes is one of the prisons involved, and since March, 25 prisoners have taken part in an employability course run by The Manchester College, NCFE accredited, which culminates in a day of mock formal interviews, held by Barclays.

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    Blog: empowering the research community

    All | Education | 18 Jun 2015

    On the 9th June, PET welcomed academics from around the globe to the University of Cambridge for our second annual symposium, Academic Prisons. Morwenna Bennallick, PhD researcher for PET, who organised the event writes: "The Prisons Research Centre at the Institute of Criminology is an international forerunner in research into the impact and experience of prisons."

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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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    Blog: Join up education and employment services

    All | Employability | 20 May 2015

    The PLA's Nina Champion, writes: “On Friday 15th May I gave a presentation at an event organised by the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) and the Association for Employment and Learning Provider (AELP). The event focused on joining up employment services with prison education so that when learners leave prison they can capitalise on their qualifications and get working.

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    ‘Outstanding’ ratings for prison education

    All | Education | 20 May 2015

    In January 2015, the inspection report of HMP Hollesley Bay showed that Learning and Skills had been rated as ‘Outstanding’ – a huge achievement as none received that rating in the Annual Report 2013/14. It followed in the wake of December’s Outstanding education results at HMP Askham Grange. Nina Champion heard A4E staff from Hollesley Bay speak at the ERSA conference on Friday 15th May.