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    Coates: I'll continue to fight for my reforms

    All | Education | 27 Jul 2016

    At PET's Annual Lecture last month, Dame Sally Coates discussed her progressive review on prison education, 'Unlocking Potential', for a large audience in Canary Wharf. She was joined on the panel by the Governor of HMP Wandsworth, two former prisoners and a prison teacher.

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    The tools for success

    All | Teaching | 26 Jul 2016

    The Tool Shed programme that aims to provide prisoners and prison staff with gardening tools and knowledge through recycling garden tools behind prison walls.

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    Truss Issues

    All | Government policy | 25 Jul 2016

    Her nickname at the Department of Education was the 'human hand-grenade', while as Environment Secretary, she was noted for her strong opinion on British cheeses. But what are the issues Liz Truss really cares about, and what do these tell us about her potential approach to prison education as Justice Secretary?

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    Sporting Chances

    All | Sport | 25 Jul 2016

    As a summer of sport reaches its climax in Brazil, people are also building up a sweat behind prison walls.

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    Re-cycling for cycling โ€“ Bike workshops in prisons

    All | Employability | 25 Jul 2016

    PET's Head of Policy, Nina Champion, recently took part of a cycle race to raise money for the Margaret Carey Foundation, a charity which teaches prisoners how to refurbish old bikes, giving them positive and practical skills.

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    "Don't abandon prison reform" - prison charities tell Truss

    All | Government policy | 15 Jul 2016

    Upon her appointment as Justice Secretary, Prisonersโ€™ Education Trust has joined a cross-section of the criminal justice sector in urging Liz Truss to continue the prison reforms it believes could bring enormously positive change to the system and the lives of prisoners.

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    PET, PLA urge Truss to continue reforms

    All | Government policy | 14 Jul 2016

    PET and the Prisoner Learning Alliance have added their names to a letter urging the new Justice Secretary to continue to Gove's prison reforms

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    For the sake of prison education, Gove must โ€œstay involvedโ€ in Justice

    All | Government policy | 12 Jul 2016

    Delivering PET's Annual Lecture, Dame Sally Coates, who reviewed prison education on behalf of the Government has said she hopes Michael Gove will retain influence in the Justice sector so that much-needed reform goes ahead.

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    โ€˜Dear Dame Sallyโ€™: A teacher speaks up

    All | Teaching | 29 Jun 2016

    Dr Laura Firth, who has recently completed a PhD in prison education, was a teacher in prisons for four years before joining mainstream Further Education. In a letter addressed to Dame Sally Coates, she speaks of the huge waste and injustice she saw in the system, and why she believes change is essential.

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    Sally Coates, Ian Bickers speak at PET lecture

    29 Jun 2016

    Fresh from her review of education in prisons, Dame Sally Coates will lead a diverse and outspoken panel of five at Annual Lecture, including HMP Wandsworth Governor Ian Bickers, a former prison teacher and two former prisoners.