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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    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).

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    Voice of the ville: prison newspaper

    All | Employability

    PET hears from the Guardian News & Media about why the organisation supports HMP Pentonville's newspaper, Voice of the Ville, which has seen PET-funded editorial staff gain work experience at the UK national news outlet.

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    Dyslexia: Revolving doors at HMP Doncaster

    All | Learning difficulties

    On Friday 7 February 2014 PET attended an event held by The Cascade Foundation, to present some of the early results of their new initiative, Dyslexia: Revolving Doors at HMP Doncaster.

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    No Offence! conference

    All | Employability

    On 19 February 2014 PET delivered a workshop at a recent conference on recruitment and employability. Nina Champion, Head of Policy, gives a summary of the main issues raised.

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    Forgiveness Project: What is punishment for if society won’t forgive?

    Ex-prisoners | Resettlement

    PET’s PhD researcher Morwenna Bennallick writes about one of 10 events organised by the Forgiveness Project, a charity advocating restorative approaches to justice, as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations.

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    Music project at HMP Gartree

    Young people | Arts

    PET Learner Voice Panel member Mark from HMP Gartree writes about a music project he is currently developing for young prisoners.