What we do

Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) is the only charity working across England and Wales to support people in prison to study distance learning courses.

This year we celebrate our 25th anniversary of helping people in prison to achieve their potential through learning. PET provides distance learning courses, arts and hobby materials, advice and support in subjects and levels not available in prisons. Since our foundation in 1989 we have helped over 28,000 men and women in prison. Find out more about PET or read our latest annual report and accounts.

Access to Learning

We provide advice and funding to approx 2,000 prisoners each year to help them study courses in subjects and at levels not otherwise available.

Research on prison education

PET also carries out research, informed by learners, to improve prison education. Our vision is that every prisoner should have the opportunity to benefit from education, and for that to happen, government policies must support learners and teachers. Our Resource Library also includes relevant research and studies carried out by the government, universities, charities and other organisations.

Championing learning for prisoners

Education gives people in prison the opportunity to choose and achieve crime-free lives. We therefore believe it is essential to champion prison education and inform the publicparliament and the media about the benefits of rehabilitation through learning.

Sharing learners' experiences

Filming a learner voice filmWe want to empower prisoners and people with convictions to tell their stories and share their experiences. Find out more about how we do this in our Learner Voice section, find out about some of the people we've helped by reading their stories and see for yourself by visiting our film gallery.

Working with other organisations

We are not the only organisation that understands just how transformative learning is for people in prison and in 2012 PET brought together expert charities, research bodies, universities and businesses to launch the Prisoner Learning Alliance, which now has 21 members.