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    Most popular courses revealed

    Education | 26 Feb 2019

    2018 was another bumper year for distance learning in prison, with PET funding nearly 1800 learners to start or continue their learning journey. Here we do a rundown of the year’s ten most popular courses and hear from some of our learners.

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    Learning from our learners

    Learner voice | 29 Jan 2019

    We want to learn from the men and women who we fund – to gain perspectives that are honest, personal and rooted in reality. So recently we held workshops in three prisons, involving current and potential PET learners, to find out their perspectives.

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    New prison education contracts create challenges and opportunities

    Blogs | 29 Jan 2019

    In April, we’ll see the biggest changes in prison education for many years. PET's Head of Policy Francesca Cooney predicts what these could mean for England’s prisons.

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    Paint-a-Postcard Competition

    Arts | 28 Jan 2019

    PET turns 30 this year and we want people in prison to help us celebrate by designing a special anniversary postcard.

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    "Prison leavers help make our universities diverse and inclusive"

    University/prison partnerships | 15 Jan 2019

    The PUPiL widening participation event last November highlighted the positive effects that university-prison partnerships can have, with speakers from Unlock and the University of Westminster.

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    "Thank you for your brilliant support"

    Blogs | 19 Dec 2018

    In this blog, our Head of Fundraising Cassie rounds up a terrific year of fundraising challenges and campaigns and makes clear just how important your support is.

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    "I'm blown away by our learners' inner strength": an interview with PET's new and outgoing chairs

    Governance | 6 Dec 2018

    Elisabeth Davies has been named as the new Chair of Prisoners’ Education Trust, taking over the position from Alexandra Marks CBE. In this interview, the new and outgoing Chairs discuss the successes of the last six years and what the future holds for the charity. 

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    PET appoints new Chair

    Governance | 6 Dec 2018

    Elisabeth Davies, a specialist in public policy, has been named as the new Chair of Prisoners’ Education Trust, taking over the position from Alexandra Marks CBE.

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    “PET is all about giving volunteers an opportunity to learn and develop”

    Blogs | 5 Dec 2018

    In this blog, PET volunteer Paul reflects on his time volunteering with the charity’s fundraising team, helping the organisation support more people who want to study in prison.

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    Alexander Maconochie – a forgotten penal reformer?

    Blogs | 4 Dec 2018

    In a speech first delivered at the PET Carol Concert, the charity's President John Samuels QC offers his personal reflections on an important but little-known figure in the history of prison reform.