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PET works closely with the press to share positive stories about the power of education and the potential of people to change. We can help with background, quotes and case studies, and can help arrange interviews with our members of staff as well as with people with lived experience of prison.

PET as been featured across national and local media, and also has a monthly column in the prison newspaper Inside Time.

Contact details: Katy Oglethorpe:
020 8 752 5676 / 07555 800 243 (out of office)

Press releases

06 Dec 2018 | Governance | Press release

PET appoints new Chair

Elisabeth Davies has been named as the new Chair of Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET), taking over the position from Alexandra Marks CBE. A specialist in public policy, Davies has held a number of high-profile advice and leadership roles in the sector, including current appointments at the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and General Pharmaceutical Council, […]

17 Jan 2018 | Prison staff | Press release

PLA calls for new Prisons Minister to explain the termination of contracts to provide careers advice to prisoners

The Chair of the Prisoner Learning Alliance today wrote to the new Prisons Minister Rory Stewart OBE MP.  He called for an explanation of why the contracts to provide careers advice for prisoners have been terminated without any apparent replacement service in place. The hundreds of staff who currently provide careers advice to prisoners are […]

30 May 2018 | University study | Press release

UCAS bans the box, promoting fair chances in higher education

UCAS will no longer require people to disclose a past conviction when applying for most university courses, in a decision that was called for by PET, Unlock and the Longford Trust. The criminal record disclosure box has been removed from the UCAS application form in time for the 2019 admissions cycle. Applicants will only have […]

PET in the press

‘Unacceptable’ that prisoners can’t get an education, says charity, The Big Issue, 10 July

Prisoners show the importance of education with postcard art exhibition, The Big Issue, 5 July

Science programme first at Durham’s women’s prisonThe Northern Echo, 14 May

Prison education? It’s much calmer than an FE college…, FE Week, 13 May

Key to prison education handed to governors, The Guardian, 26 March

‘Prison education can unlock youngsters’ potential’, Tes, 14 March

‘Where’s the public outcry over prison education?’ – a blog by PET Alumnus David Breakspear, Tes, 11 December

Experts get lessons in jail education – from insiders, South Wales Evening Post, 19 November

The life-changing effect of prison arts programmes (featuring two PET alumni), Drugstore Culture, 25 September

PET Chief Executive Rod Clark makes the case for education to be a key part of the government’s programme to improve prisons, BBC Radio London, 17 August

HMP Haverigg prisoners embracing education as rehabilitation courses ‘deliver’, The Mail (previously known as the North-West Evening Mail), 24 July

‘The value of prison education is compelling’, Tes, 17 July

Distance learning helps prisoners into work, Tes, 12 July

Students will no longer have to declare criminal convictions on Ucas applications, iNews, 30 May

Ucas will no longer ask aspiring students about their criminal history, HuffPost UK, 30 May

Ucas to remove criminal convictions disclosure from application process, Study International, 30 May

Ucas drops need for university applicants to declare convictions, The Guardian, 29 May

Our response to the Ministry of Justice’s new Education and Employment Strategy, The Big Issue, 24 May

PET chief executive Rod Clark responds to the Ministry of Justice’s Education and Employment Strategy, Good Morning Britain on ITV, 24 May

Prisoners can now study yachting, Latin and even raising GOATS in new jail lessons, MailOnline, 6 May

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