Media & Press

Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) wants the public to have a better understanding of why it is important to support prisoners with learning, training and skills. We are happy to assisting journalists and the media with any queries related to our work. Contact the press office, search through our press releases below, read articles mentioning PET and engage with stories about our learners.

PET also produces Learning Matters e-news, a monthly email bulletin with the latest updates and analysis on developments within PET and in the wider criminal justice sector, particularly focusing on organisations that support learning, training and skills for prisoners. You can sign up here. 


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    Restricting prisonersā€™ access to books ruled unlawful

    All | Government policy | 10 Dec 2014

    Prisonersā€™ Education Trust welcomes the decision by the High Court on Friday 5 December and hopes that it will lead to prisoners having better access to books. The rules introduced in November 2013 under the Incentives and Earned Privileges scheme prevent prisoners from receiving certain items in the post including books.

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    Carol Concert Celebrates Prisoner Learners

    All | 25 Nov 2014

    Prisonersā€™ Education Trust (PET) is holding its annual carol concert on Tuesday 2nd December 2014 at 6:30pm in St Paulā€™s Church, Covent Garden, London with guest humanitarian author Terry Waite who will be speaking about Christmas in captivity. Tickets are still available at Ā£20 call 0203 7525680 to book.

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    Michael Spurr commits to "an effective education curriculumā€

    All | Government policy | 18 Nov 2014

    On 17th November 2014, delivering Prisonersā€™ Education Trustā€™s annual lecture, ā€˜Using Time: not doing time, a constructive and humane regime for longer sentenced prisonersā€™, Michael Spurr, Chief Executive, National Offender Management Service, said he is committed to an effective education curriculum for all learners in prison.

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    PLA tells Parliament prisons need 'smart rehabilitation'

    All | Government policy | 10 Nov 2014

    Today (Monday 10 November) Rod Clark, Chief Executive, Prisonersā€™ Education Trust, will tell Parliament that people in prison are losing out on the chance to gain vital skills that could help them move away from crime when they are released.

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    Restricted regimes and overcrowding impact education finds HMIP report

    All | Education | 23 Oct 2014

    In response to HM Inspectorate of prisonsā€™ annual report published on Tuesday 21st October, Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) is disappointed that prisoners are still spending too much time locked up, instead of studying or completing training to enable them to move on from prison.

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    Ex-prisoner from Portsmouthā€™s Great South Run

    All | Education | 22 Oct 2014

    A 30 year old ex-prisoner from Portsmouth is preparing for the ten mile race to raise funds for the charity that helped him during his sentence, Prisonersā€™ Education Trust (PET), on Sunday 26th October 2014.

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    Prisoners' views of education: new report

    All | Learner voice | 24 Sep 2014

    A new report from the charity Prisonersā€™ Education Trust (PET) offers a rare insight into prisonersā€™ views on education and finds that learning in prison could and should do more to help prisoners progress beyond basic skills. Brain Cells: Listening to Prisoner Learners (Third edition), based on a survey of 340 prisoners, offers strategic recommendations to meet the needs of all learners.

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    Inspectorsā€™ report shows prison education must be valued

    All | Government policy | 16 Sep 2014

    Prisonersā€™ Education Trust says a new report published by HM Inspectorate of Prisons, Probation and Ofsted ā€˜Resettlement provision for adult offenders: Accommodation and education, training and employmentā€™ is further evidence that education must be prioritised for effective rehabilitation of prisoners.

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    Local votes could win prisons charity Ā£3,000

    All | Education | 15 Sep 2014

    Prisonersā€™ Education Trust has been shortlisted for the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014 in South London. With enough public votes, PET has a chance to be awarded a grant of up to Ā£3,000. Visit branches in Cheam, London Raynes Park, Mitcham, Sutton and Worcester Park to give people an opportunity to lead crime-free lives.

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    A4e to stop delivering education in London prisons

    All | Education | 13 Aug 2014

    In response to A4e's decision to stop delivering education provision in London's prisons, Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) is concerned about the impact of overcrowding on rehabilitation and the affect this is having on classes.