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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    PLA case study #2: Charlotte Weinberg, Executive Director, Safe Ground.

    All | Arts

    In the second of our spotlight on members of the Prisoner Learning Alliance, Charlotte Weinberg tells us about her work at Safe Ground.

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    PLA case study #1: Sarah Turvey, Director, Prison Reading Groups

    All | Literacy

    Two years ago, PET set up the Prisoner Learning Alliance, a network of charities and other organisations working in education in the prison sector. Individually, PLA members span the prison learning journey, from basic literacy, to further education, to employment. Collectively, the PLA aims to provide the expertise and strategic vision to inform future priorities, policies and practices.

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    Barriers behind bars: educating foreign nationals in prison

    All | International

    An EU-funded project is looking to find out about how the education received by foreign national prisoners, with the aim of finding creative solutions to allow them to access education in their own languages.

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    Prisons Stretch to iPads Inside

    All | Learner voice

    Prison arts charity Stretch Digital has been awarded a contract to bring its digital storytelling workshops into more prisons, allowing inmates to use iPads to produce autobiographical films.

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    “Every Young Person Should Have a Plan” – A Learner Responds to Charlie Taylor

    Learner voice

    On 25th January Prisoners’ Education Trust held their annual academic symposium on the theme of education for young people and young adults in custody. At the event Charlie Taylor, who is leading the Government review into the Youth Justice System, said it was time for "radical and fundamental change". At the symposium Steve (not his real name) described his experience, showing just why such radical change is needed.

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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.