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    PLA calls for improvements to prison education contracts

    All | Government policy | 18 May 2015

    The Prisoner Learning Alliance(PLA), representing 23 expert organisations, calls on the newly appointed Secretaries of State for Justice, Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP, and for Business and Skills, Rt. Hon Savid Javid MP, to take an early opportunity to reduce crime by improving prison education.

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    GE2015: Parties' pledges on prison education

    All | Education | 16 Apr 2015

    The past few days has seen the launch of all the manifestos of the major parties covering England and Wales and Prisoners' Education Trust brings you a brief summary of the pledges related to prison learning, including links to the Labour, Plaid Cymru, Conservatives, Greens, UK Independence party and Liberal Democrat manifestos. So who said what?

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    Lord Woolf: ‘Let’s take the politics out of prisons’

    All | Government policy | 15 Apr 2015

    "'Let’s take the politics out of prisons' was the rallying cry from Lord Woolf at the end of his lecture marking 25 years since the start of the Strangeway’s riot" writes Prisoners' Education Trust's Nina Champion, reporting back from Prison Reform Trust's lecture on 1st April 2015.

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    CJA Conference: new Government should support desistance from crime

    All | Government policy | 15 Apr 2015

    On the 10th March, the Criminal Justice Alliance (CJA) hosted a conference focusing on how the incoming government can use research to reduce crime and bring down England and Wales’ prison population. Prisoners' Education Trust went along, read our analysis.

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    Blog: Don’t judge a book by its cover!

    Women | Literacy | 14 Apr 2015

    Nina Champion, Prisoners' Education Trust's Head of Policy, blogs about a visit to HMP Holloway with author Ben Aaronovitch whose book has been selected to mark this year's City Read - a month dedicated to encouraging Londoners to read. Nina writes: "

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    Press Release: Justice report calls for greater focus on what works

    All | Government policy | 18 Mar 2015

    Prisoners’ Education Trust welcomes the Justice Committee’s report published today (18 March 2015) and its inquiry Prisons: planning and policies, calling for a greater focus on what works. Rod Clark said: “This important report provides further evidence of the decline in educational opportunities for prisoners and therefore we urge the government to meet its recommendations to improve rehabilitation, learning and skills."

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    Blog: Books behind bars

    All | Literacy | 18 Mar 2015

    Following World Book Day on 5th March, Rod Clark, Prisoners' Education Trust’s Chief Executive blogs on the importance of reading and literacy for people in prison, celebrating innovative projects and highlighting areas for improvement. He reports back from recent events including the Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and English Pen prison creative writing event.

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    Blog: This International Women’s Day #MakeItHappen

    Women | Learner voice | 16 Mar 2015

    Katie, writes from Eastwood Park women's prison about what International Women’s Day and the 2015 theme #MakeItHappen meant to her. She writes: "In a prison, women with all different values, opinions and religions come together and keep each other strong through a traumatic time. They are mothers, wives, daughters and carers, juggling prison and keeping family ties."

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    Help prisoners to read on World Book Day

    All | Literacy | 5 Mar 2015

    Today, on World Book Day 2015, Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) celebrates the charities and staff members supporting people in prison to read and calls for greater access to prison libraries to further their rehabilitation.

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    Parties have their say on prison education

    All | Government policy | 17 Feb 2015

    ‘Our crumbling prison system is a disgrace to modern democracy. Party leaders should be ashamed that crime and punishment is not an election issue’ wrote Mary Riddell last week. Nina Champion, PET’s Head of Policy, reports on what the three parties have said about education in prison in the lead up to the election.