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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    Charity says: “Sports in prisons is being side-lined"

    All | Sport | 30 Jul 2014

    Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) has responded to recent incidents of disorder and self-harm in the wake of overcrowding and staff shortages across prisons in England and Wales. Rod Clark, PET Chief Executive, writing in the Huffington Post, highlights the negative impact this has on sports-based learning.

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    Chief Inspector calls for supervised access to internet

    All | Information and Communication Technology (ICT) | 24 Jun 2014

    Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) welcomed a speech by Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons today commending its recent report with the Prison Reform Trust calling for prisoners to be given secure access to the internet to support their rehabilitation.

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    £24,000 grant for Jersey prisoners' education

    All | Distance learning | 16 Jun 2014

    Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) is pleased to announce a new programme of support to rehabilitate men and women at HMP La Moye, thanks to a generous £24,000 two year grant from the Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands.

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    Ex-prisoner wins Adult Learners' award

    Ex-prisoners | Education | 10 Jun 2014

    In its 25th anniversary year, Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) is proud that one of its alumni, Junior Smart, has been selected as a regional Adult Learners’ Award winner for his achievements in higher education and at work helping hundreds of disadvantaged young Londoners.

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    Alcatraz escape fundraiser for prisoner learners

    All | 7 May 2014

    In the wake of public outrage at the Government’s rules preventing people from sending books to prisoners, 64 year old Martin Farrell, from Kingston, is preparing to swim across the icy, choppy and dangerous San Francisco Bay from Alcatraz Island this month to raise money for the charity Prisoners' Education Trust (PET).

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    Event to promote learning prisons

    All | Education | 24 Apr 2014

    The Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA), which represents 18 expert organisations, is holding a conference on Friday 25th April 2014 at the Open University campus, Milton Keynes to help prisons put learning at the heart of rehabilitation.

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    Celebrating 25 years of prisoner learning

    All | Education | 22 Apr 2014

    Prisoners' Education Trust (PET), a charity that each year funds 2,000 people in prison to change their lives through education, celebrates its 25th birthday.

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    Woman runs first marathon for prisoners

    4 Apr 2014

    A 24 year old woman from Essex is preparing for her first marathon to fundraise for the charity, Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) on Sunday 13th April 2014.

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    Charity says: “Prison books ban is nuts”

    All | Education | 24 Mar 2014

    In response to new prison rules restricting access to books the charity Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) has received a number of complaints from prisoners who are frustrated and unable to study.

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    PLA welcomes new report about prison teachers

    All | Information and Communication Technology (ICT) | 25 Feb 2014

    Prisoners' Education Trust (PET), as Secretariat for the Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA), have welcomed a new report from the University and College Union (UCU) outlining research it conducted into prison education, and agree with calls for better support for prison education and for more stability in the system.