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    Great Minds think differently: have your say

    All | Learner voice | 17 Feb 2015

    On Friday 20th February you are invited to join the Great Minds Symposium, to launch a programme that the charity Safe Ground wants us all to contribute to. The charity’s aim is to hold a joint discussion between a panel including criminal justice experts and the audience.

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    Rod Clark's 2015 Look Ahead

    All | Education | 16 Jan 2015

    As the charity looks ahead to 2015, Rod Clark, Chief Executive, Prisoners' Education Trust, writes: "This time last year I predicted that 2014 would be a year of anxiety and opportunity. It was more extreme than that. Over the past twelve months we’ve seen severe staff shortages and dangerous conditions impact negatively on education in some prisons."

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    Reading challenge kick starts the New Year

    All | Literacy | 16 Jan 2015

    David Kendall, Program Manager, Six Book Challenge, writes: “100 prisons supported the Reading Agency’s first ever Six Book Challenge’s Winter Campaign. Throughout 2014 over 9000 prisoners took part in the challenge, which invites participants to read six books of their choice and record their thoughts and achievements in a diary."

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    'Rehabilitation must be meaningful not imagined’, conference finds

    All | Government policy | 14 Jan 2015

    At the end of last year, PET’s Morwenna Bennallick, a PhD student who is carrying out research on prison education, joined a panel discussion at an event organised by the Westminster Legal Policy Forum, Prisons in England and Wales - modernisation, rehabilitation and offender management.

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    The Young Review

    Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) | Government policy | 5 Jan 2015

    Rod Clark, Chief Executive, Prisoners' Education Trust, writes: "On 10 December in the august surroundings of the River Room in the House of Lords Baroness Lola Young, one of PET’s learning champions, launched her report into young black and Muslim men in the criminal justice system: The Young Review. It shines a spotlight on an aspect of criminal justice that is extremely important and deeply troubling."

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    Restricting prisoners’ access to books ruled unlawful

    All | Government policy | 10 Dec 2014

    Prisoners’ Education Trust welcomes the decision by the High Court on Friday 5 December and hopes that it will lead to prisoners having better access to books. The rules introduced in November 2013 under the Incentives and Earned Privileges scheme prevent prisoners from receiving certain items in the post including books.

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    Education brings families separated by prison together

    All | Family learning | 3 Dec 2014

    At Prisoners’ Education Trust’s Carol Concert on 2nd December 2014, visitors gained an insight into the experiences of people in prison with speeches from guests including Terry Waite CBE who recalled his memories of spending Christmas in captivity, PET alumnus Junior Smart and Maryse, who spoke about her brother, Carl, a current PET learner.

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    Carol Concert Celebrates Prisoner Learners

    All | 25 Nov 2014

    Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) is holding its annual carol concert on Tuesday 2nd December 2014 at 6:30pm in St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, London with guest humanitarian author Terry Waite who will be speaking about Christmas in captivity. Tickets are still available at £20 call 0203 7525680 to book.

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    Michael Spurr commits to "an effective education curriculum”

    All | Government policy | 18 Nov 2014

    On 17th November 2014, delivering Prisoners’ Education Trust’s annual lecture, ‘Using Time: not doing time, a constructive and humane regime for longer sentenced prisoners’, Michael Spurr, Chief Executive, National Offender Management Service, said he is committed to an effective education curriculum for all learners in prison.

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    PLA tells Parliament prisons need 'smart rehabilitation'

    All | Government policy | 10 Nov 2014

    Today (Monday 10 November) Rod Clark, Chief Executive, Prisoners’ Education Trust, will tell Parliament that people in prison are losing out on the chance to gain vital skills that could help them move away from crime when they are released.