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    Learning from Learning Together

    All | Education | 31 May 2016

    An ambitious partnership between the University of Cambridge and HMP Grendon has seen students and prisoners coming together to learn criminology. On 12 and 13 May, the Cambridge Learning Together team held a conference to celebrate the programme and inspire more prison-university collaborate.

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    Prison charities give top marks to education review

    All | Government policy | 18 May 2016

    The Queen's Speech of 18 May outlines sweeping changes to the prison education system, including more autonomy for governors, personalised learning plans, greater use of technology and more ROTL.

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    Prison charities give top marks to education review

    All | Government policy | 18 May 2016

    The Queen's speech on 18 May outlines huge changes to the prison regime, promising to put education "at the heart" of the reformed system.

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    The real work starts here: moving forward after Coates

    All | Government policy | 18 May 2016

    As PET welcomes the announcement of sweeping changes to prison education, Rod Clark warns of some of the risks that comes with increased governor autonomy.

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    PLA case study #1: Sarah Turvey, Director, Prison Reading Groups

    29 Apr 2016

    Two years ago, PET set up the Prisoner Learning Alliance, a network of charities and other organisations working in education in the prison sector. Individually, PLA members span the prison learning journey, from basic literacy, to further education, to employment. Collectively, the PLA aims to provide the expertise and strategic vision to inform future priorities, policies and practices. Each e-news, we will ask one of our members to tell us more their organisation, and share some of the delights and demands of supporting learning in this sector.

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    Why our attitude to technology in prisons needs an upgrade

    All | Technology | 28 Apr 2016

    Is it too risky to let prisoners access technology? PET's Head of Policy Nina Champions says that particularly when it comes to education, the real danger is allowing the digital divide to grow.

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    HMP Parc welcomes local colleges

    All | Education | 28 Apr 2016

    PET's Welsh team were invited to a college fair at HMP Parc, where they met prison learners with a range of aspirations.

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    A view from Europe

    All | International | 28 Apr 2016

    Head of Policy Nina Champion reports from Athens, where she attended her second steering committee meeting as Western Europe Representative for the EPEA.

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    From Grendon to graduation

    All | University/prison partnerships | 28 Apr 2016

    A new wave of prison/university partnerships promise to bring enormous benefits to all types of learners, as was proved by a unique graduation ceremony in HMP Grendon.

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    Wife, teacher, prisoner: shining a light on women 'in' prison

    Women | Women | 30 Mar 2016

    Nina Champion is head of policy at PET, and previously worked for the charity Women in Prison. Here she reflects on the various roles women play within the prison system, and how they are often a hidden, and underutilised source of strength for those inside.