PET in the Press

For pre-2016 media coverage, visit our archive

How to escape from prison - March 10

Helping prisoners learn to read inside Swansea prison - a look at the award-winning work being done in Swansea to get prisoners reading. 10 March

'Education and safety in prisons must not be ignored'- Gareth talks about the current prison crisis, understanding potential and his experience with distant learning courses. 31 January

A letter to the public from prison- Gareth talks about the role education has on empowering prisoners, 18 January

Clifton woman completes Transcontinental bike ride across Europe- Rose McGovern cycles 2,500 for PET, Banbury Guardian, 6 September

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Are you ready to do the time- with an ex-con fitness trainer?- OZY, 2 September

'I'm furious about the horrendously poor level of education inside prisons' Laura Firth, Prison Teacher on PLA Conference Panel, TES, 1 July

Staff needed to make prison education reform work, by Head of Policy Nina Champion- FE Week, 6 June

PET'S Chief Executive Rod Clark's 'How Education Transforms' article in Prison Service Journal, pages 3-8- Prison Service Journal, 26 May

PET's Head of Policy Nina Champion speaking on the Victoria Derbyshire show- BBC Two, 19 May

Skype, iPads and in-cell education at heart of major prisons shakeup- The Guardian, 18 May

Notes of Caution as We Celebrate Prison Education Reform, by Rod Clark - Huffington Post, 18 May

LJ Flanders, part of PET's alumni network, chats about his new book 'Cell Workout' - BBC Essex, 8 March 

John Lister on the satisfaction of helping prisoners to study - Third Sector, 25 February

Prison no bar to higher education as university 'campus' opens in Kent jail - The Guardian, 22 February 

Freeing up prison education could benefit more providers - (by PLA Chair Alexandra Marks) - FE Week, 20 February 

Inside Time column

PET has a regular section in Inside Time - the national newspaper for prisoners and detainees distributed throughout the UK prison estate. Here are some recent pages. 



  • Education and safety in prisons, and a connection that must not be ignored.
  • Course notes: becoming a plumber.


  • Inspiring peer mentors; Habib, Tein and Paul awarded in prisons.
  • Course notes: arts and hobbies grants.



  • Adam, a former sports champion, talks about how he saw fitness and education help his and other people's mental health in prison.
  • Calling all women and veterans..PET want to provide more distance learning courses for women and for ex-armed forces personnel in prison.
  • PET would like to hear from anyone who has been in the army and has already benefited from education in prison, particularly distance learning. Share your story!
  • Course notes: Journalism.


  • Former prisoner and current university student addresses his experiences working in a garage and studying at university, via prison.
  • A preview into the nominated teachers, librarians, officers and peer mentors.
  • Course notes: arts and languages; people, work and society; science, technology and maths.


  • Former prisoner Ben highlights the importance of education.
  • Course notes: modern languages.


  • Members of the Student Council at Wymott prison discuss the Coates review.
  • PET outlines the benefits of drug and alcohol training whilst in prison.
  • Course notes: drug and alcohol counseling.


  • From football referee to tai-chi, PET looks at how important sport and exercise is for the prison environment and highlights the benefits of pursuing an outdoor activity.
  • Course notes: principles of horticulture.


  • Nominations are open for the 2016 PLA awards.
  • Neil, a PET learner, talks about building a career as a gym instructor post-release.
  • Course notes: personal training and fitness instruction.


  • Karen reflects on her journey from prisoner to case manager and mentor for female prisoners.
  • PET shines a spotlight on distance-learning psychology courses.


  • Economist Vicky Pryce reflects on her own time in prison and calls for more educational opportunities for women inside.
  • Rod Clark visits HMP Warren Hill for the ‘Expression’ arts showcase.


  • Nina Champion grades Sally Coates' speech.
  • Learner Stephen Jackley on studying an Open University course in prison.