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    New government data on English and Maths skills of prisoners

    All | Education | 4 Nov 2015

    In the first set of comparable figures for over a decade, the government has published data revealing that 46% of people entering the prison system have literacy skills no higher than those broadly expected of an 11 year old child. This is three times more than the 15% of people with similar skills levels in the adult population generally.

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    “Giving prisoners a voice is more important than ever before”, Eric McGraw gives PET’s Annual Lecture

    All | Learner voice | 28 Oct 2015

    Prisoners’ Education Trust will be hosting its Annual Lecture on Monday 2nd November 2015 in London with Eric McGraw, Managing Editor and Founder of Inside Time, the national prisoners’ newspaper. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Inside Time after it was created to offer prisoners a platform for their voices to be heard.

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    Martina Cole visits HMP Thameside

    All | Literacy | 21 Oct 2015

    On Monday 5 October 2015 Prisoners’ Education Trust visited HMP Thameside to hear bestselling crime writer Martina Cole talk to a group of prisoners about the importance of reading and education.

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    PM pledges to ‘get smart’ on prison rehabilitation

    All | Government policy | 20 Oct 2015

    Nina Champion, Head of Policy, Prisoners’ Education Trust reports back from the Conservative Party Conference where the Prime Minister David Cameron called for a smarter approach to prison reform and Michael Gove, Justice Secretary, set out his vision for education to give people to skills to lead successful lives. Read her blog.

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    Our Country is Good: National Theatre event

    All | Arts | 20 Oct 2015

    This autumn, London’s south bank has embraced prisoners’ voices in its literary and arts season, with the annual Koestler exhibition at the Southbank Centre, an event for the London Literature Festival and a day devoted to discussion and performance of the arts in the criminal justice system (CJS) at the National Theatre. PET's Susannah Henty reports back from some of these events.

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    Blog: Finnish prisons go online

    All | Information and Communication Technology (ICT) | 20 Oct 2015

    In the first of a series of new blogs on the European Prison Education Association Conference, Prisoners' Education Trust's Head of Policy Nina Champion focuses on Finland's approach to technology, where earlier this year prisoners were given access to the internet.

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    RE:FORM arts in prison

    All | Arts | 19 Oct 2015

    Prisoners Education Trust reports back from arts criminal justice charity the Koestler Trust's annual exhibition at the Southbank Centre.

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    Filming in prisons: literacy learning

    18 Sep 2015

    Last month Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) and Prison Learning TV visited two prisons and spoke to educational and charitable organisations for a film about literacy in prisons. Here a prisoner from HMP Thameside reports on how he found the filming process.

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    Conference celebrates outstanding teachers, staff and prisoners

    All | Education | 11 Sep 2015

    Today (Friday 11th September), Nick Hardwick, the Chief Inspector of Prisons will give a keynote speech at the Prisoner Learning Alliance’s (PLA) Annual Conference at Leeds Beckett University. Discussing the idea of an ‘Aspirational Prison’, he is expected to focus on ways staff can engage prisoners to learn and keep progressing with their education.

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    Government research finds prisoners aspiring to education re-offend less on release

    All | Distance learning | 10 Sep 2015

    New research published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) today (10th September 2015) suggests that offering people in prison opportunities to aspire to further their education makes them less likely to re-offend on release.