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Network Officer

Team: Policy
Job Level: Officer
Salary: £31,000 per annum
Hours: Full time (35 hours) or part time (28 hours – salary pro rata) per week.
We are flexible about how these hours are worked (8am – 7pm Monday to Friday). Some evening work may be required for events or meetings.
Location: Based in our London office a minimum of one day a week, with office or home working on other days as preferred (office – The Foundry, 17 Oval Way, London SE11 5RR). We are currently piloting this hybrid working approach, which may therefore be subject to change in the future. Please note that full time homeworking would be implemented if pandemic restrictions required this.
Reporting to: Head of Policy
Closing date: Monday 6th December 2021, 5pm

Introduction to Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET)

PET is a highly regarded and long-established national charity combining service delivery and advocacy with an annual turnover of around £1.7m. We support prisoners to engage in rehabilitation through learning. We do this by providing access to a broad range of distance learning opportunities and related services, to enable prisoners to lead more fulfilling lives and to contribute positively to society. Our main programme provides grants, advice and educational support for distance learning opportunities to around 1,500 prisoners a year. We also work to influence policy and practice so that education provision for prisoners becomes more effective; and we enable prisoner learner voice to be heard.

Introduction to the Prisoner Learning Alliance

PET coordinates and provides the Secretariat for the Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA). The Prisoner Learning Alliance is a network that brings together organisations and individuals with expertise in prison education to improve policy and practice. We use our collective voice to advocate for improvements in prison education and we hold the government to account by monitoring prison education. We have over 200 members across the sector, including education providers, professional bodies and voluntary sector organisations. We co-ordinate working groups on specific topics and offer a regular programme of events. For further information about the PLA, go to our website,

Purpose of the post

The key aim of our work is to help transform prisoners’ lives by improving the quality of education offered – and we influence this through promoting evidence-based policy and practice. You will have a key role, as part of the Policy team, in providing Secretariat, membership, project management, communications and event management support to the Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA), and supporting PET’s wider policy work as required. The core of the role is to provide support for the PLA and its membership.

Read the job description here

PET understands and our experience has shown us that in our society some groups of people may experience additional disadvantage and discrimination. This includes (but is not limited to):

Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities including Gypsies, Romanies and Travellers, people with disabilities including people with neurodiversity, people with criminal convictions, LGBTQI+ people, migrants, older people, religious minorities, women, working class people and young people.

We want to create a culture at PET in which people respect and value each other’s differences; that promotes dignity, equality and diversity; and that encourages individuals to develop and maximise their true potential. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates with lived experience of the prison system.

To apply please follow this Survey Monkey link here.

To apply, please upload your CV on the survey monkey and answer the following four questions in the boxes provided.

If you have queries about the role, please email our Head of Policy Francesca at

Closing date: 5pm on Monday 6th December

Interviews: w/b 13th December, probably 15th December

  • Team: Policy
  • Job Level: Officer
  • Salary: £31,000
  • Contract: Permanent. Full time (35 hours) or part time (28 hours) per week
  • Closing date: 06/12/2021 5:00 pm

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