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    Alliance welcomes government review into education in prisons

    All | Government policy | 8 Sep 2015

    The Prisoner Learning Alliance(PLA) welcomes the Ministry of Justice’s review of education in prisons, announced by the Secretary of State Michael Gove, today (8th September 2015).

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    Cell Workout: achieving goals

    Ex-prisoners | Sport | 19 Aug 2015

    Three years ago L.J Flanders was sitting in his cell in HMP Pentonville when he had a light bulb moment. He was going to write a book to help people get fit. Recognising there was a gap in the market as he couldn’t find a similar resource in the library that he could use to exercise his cell, he gained a qualification in personal training in prison and developed the skills to do it himself.

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    Education in youth custody increased to 30 hours per week

    Young people | Education | 19 Aug 2015

    On Monday 17 August, the amount of education under 18 year olds in custody receive was increased to 30 hours of per week, across all young offender institutes. Prisoners' Education Trust responds to this policy change.

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    An Inspector Calls: a handbook for inspecting learning and skills

    Young people | Education | 19 Aug 2015

    The new handbook for the inspection of learning and skills and work activities in prisons and young offender institutions has been released and comes into play on 1st September. Here are ten points to note about the new handbook…let us know what you think!

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    Call out for participants in PhD

    Ex-prisoners | Education | 20 Jul 2015

    David Honeywell writes: "Education has long been regarded a major factor in the rehabilitative process and though many studies have been conducted in prisons across the world as to the benefits of education, little has been done on what happens to ex- prisoners who left prison to continue their education."

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    Alliance welcomes the Justice Secretary’s speech on prisons

    All | Government policy | 17 Jul 2015

    The Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA), representing 23 expert organisations, welcomes the Secretary of State for Justice, Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP’s commitment to prioritise education in prisons, announced in a speech today (17th July 2015).

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    Prisoners' Education Trust responds to ‘dismal’ HMIP report

    All | Education | 14 Jul 2015

    The HM Inspectorate of Prisons annual report published today (Tuesday 14th July) underlines the urgent need for education in prison to be given a higher priority in response to ‘dismal’ learning outcomes noted by inspectors, Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) says.

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    Barclays boosts prisoners' job prospects

    All | Employability | 18 Jun 2015

    A new collaboration between Barclays bank and prisons in Kent and Sussex aims to boost prisoners’ chances of getting a job on release. HMP Lewes is one of the prisons involved, and since March, 25 prisoners have taken part in an employability course run by The Manchester College, NCFE accredited, which culminates in a day of mock formal interviews, held by Barclays.

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    Blog: empowering the research community

    All | Education | 18 Jun 2015

    On the 9th June, PET welcomed academics from around the globe to the University of Cambridge for our second annual symposium, Academic Prisons. Morwenna Bennallick, PhD researcher for PET, who organised the event writes: "The Prisons Research Centre at the Institute of Criminology is an international forerunner in research into the impact and experience of prisons."

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    Academics bring university to prisons

    All | International | 9 Jun 2015

    Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) welcomes professors from America and the UK to discuss their innovative prison exchange partnerships at its Academic Prisons Symposium on 9th June, at the University of Cambridge. Professors highlight projects taking university students to learn alongside prisoners, such as the US Inside-Out programme, which was replicated in the UK for the first time in 2014.