Good Practice

Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) believes in working with others to achieve change and innovation, this section celebrates best practice by champions of learning, training and skills.

Here, we highlight some of the best examples of initiatives led by prisons, ex-prisoners or other charities to support people in prison with their learning or rehabilitation. Browse articles written by PET staff and partners below.


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    Swaleside's Open Academy

    All | Education

    Nina Champion, PET's Head of Policy, reports back from the launch event of HMP Swaleside's Open Academy, a wing dedicated to learning. Opening the event, Malcolm Whitelaw, says ‘You can’t change anyone - you can only create an environment that makes change possible’.

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    HMP Holloway's Women's Institute

    Women | Education

    As 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Women's Institute (WI) Mirriam, a member at HMP Holloway, writes about the importance of the network and the skills she has been learning at recent meetings.

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    Eastwood Park: giving women a voice creates a positive culture

    Women | Learner voice

    Prisoners’ Education Trust recently carried out a project at Eastwood Park to involve learners in culture change. In March, PET’s policy team Clare Taylor and Morwenna Bennalick returned with trainer Jose Aguiar to see what had changed.

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    Speaking up for women with complex needs

    Women | Resettlement

    At a National Offender Management Service (NOMS) event on March 12th Maria McNicholl, Head of Prison Projects at St Giles Trust, read out a powerful poem 'Wallpaper Women' about the women in the criminal justice system with complex health needs who she believes have historically ‘slipped through the net’.

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    Pimlico Opera: drama at Isis prison

    All | Arts

    Between 27th February and 7th March, arts organisation Pimlico Opera brought Madness to HMPYOI Isis with a production of the musical Our House. PET's researcher Morwenna Bennallick went along and reports back.

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    Duke of Edinburgh at HMP Bronzefield

    Young people | Education

    Rod Clark, Prisoners' Education Trust, Chief Executive reports back from a visit to HMP Bronzefield on 19th February to meet the young women who completed their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award after volunteering, learning new skills and trekking around the prison grounds to complete their expedition.

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    Drake Hall's creative writing

    Women | Learner voice

    Drake Hall’s new Writer in Residence, is working with women to produce a magazine, ‘Take a Drake’, and for Women’s History Month they have agreed to let Prisoners' Education Trust publish some of the women’s stories. Under the heading ‘Time to think about women’, the editorial team put together creative writing, letters and described women who they were inspired by.

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    HMP Edinburgh supports learning through literacy and creative writing volunteers

    All | Literacy

    An innovative project using English Literature degree students from Edinburgh Napier University to support learners at HMP Edinburgh's learning centre is giving both groups valuable learning experiences.

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    Learning Champions who 'Bridge the Gap' at HMP Lewes

    All | Learner voice

    Tracey Johnstone, Lead Tutor at HMP Lewes writes about how Learning Champions are inspiring others to learn, whilst developing valuable skills and confidence themselves.

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    Prison hosts social mobility debate

    Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) | Learner voice

    HMP Pentonville held a prisoner led event to discuss social mobility within the black community. Panel members included: Hugh Muir, from the Guardian; Rioch Edwards-Brown, TV expert and social entrepreneur; spoken word poet Andrew Ward and Mark Blake from the Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG).