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    Closing the digital divide in prisons with innovation

    All | Information and Communication Technology (ICT) | 8 Jun 2015

    PET's Academic Prisons Symposium, at the University of Cambridge on 9 June 2015, brings together the latest global research and learning from projects which are closing the digital divide between education in prisons and outside. Academics from the University of Durham, The Open University (OU) and University of Southern Queensland (USQ) discuss how secure e-learning could revolutionise prison learning.

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    Blog: Join up education and employment services

    All | Employability | 20 May 2015

    The PLA's Nina Champion, writes: “On Friday 15th May I gave a presentation at an event organised by the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) and the Association for Employment and Learning Provider (AELP). The event focused on joining up employment services with prison education so that when learners leave prison they can capitalise on their qualifications and get working.

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    ‘Outstanding’ ratings for prison education

    All | Education | 20 May 2015

    In January 2015, the inspection report of HMP Hollesley Bay showed that Learning and Skills had been rated as ‘Outstanding’ – a huge achievement as none received that rating in the Annual Report 2013/14. It followed in the wake of December’s Outstanding education results at HMP Askham Grange. Nina Champion heard A4E staff from Hollesley Bay speak at the ERSA conference on Friday 15th May.

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    PLA calls for improvements to prison education contracts

    All | Government policy | 18 May 2015

    The Prisoner Learning Alliance(PLA), representing 23 expert organisations, calls on the newly appointed Secretaries of State for Justice, Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP, and for Business and Skills, Rt. Hon Savid Javid MP, to take an early opportunity to reduce crime by improving prison education.

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    GE2015: Parties' pledges on prison education

    All | Education | 16 Apr 2015

    The past few days has seen the launch of all the manifestos of the major parties covering England and Wales and Prisoners' Education Trust brings you a brief summary of the pledges related to prison learning, including links to the Labour, Plaid Cymru, Conservatives, Greens, UK Independence party and Liberal Democrat manifestos. So who said what?

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    Lord Woolf: ‘Let’s take the politics out of prisons’

    All | Government policy | 15 Apr 2015

    "'Let’s take the politics out of prisons' was the rallying cry from Lord Woolf at the end of his lecture marking 25 years since the start of the Strangeway’s riot" writes Prisoners' Education Trust's Nina Champion, reporting back from Prison Reform Trust's lecture on 1st April 2015.

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    CJA Conference: new Government should support desistance from crime

    All | Government policy | 15 Apr 2015

    On the 10th March, the Criminal Justice Alliance (CJA) hosted a conference focusing on how the incoming government can use research to reduce crime and bring down England and Wales’ prison population. Prisoners' Education Trust went along, read our analysis.

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    Blog: Don’t judge a book by its cover!

    Women | Literacy | 14 Apr 2015

    Nina Champion, Prisoners' Education Trust's Head of Policy, blogs about a visit to HMP Holloway with author Ben Aaronovitch whose book has been selected to mark this year's City Read - a month dedicated to encouraging Londoners to read. Nina writes: "

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    Press Release: Justice report calls for greater focus on what works

    All | Government policy | 18 Mar 2015

    Prisoners’ Education Trust welcomes the Justice Committee’s report published today (18 March 2015) and its inquiry Prisons: planning and policies, calling for a greater focus on what works. Rod Clark said: “This important report provides further evidence of the decline in educational opportunities for prisoners and therefore we urge the government to meet its recommendations to improve rehabilitation, learning and skills."

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    Blog: Books behind bars

    All | Literacy | 18 Mar 2015

    Following World Book Day on 5th March, Rod Clark, Prisoners' Education Trust’s Chief Executive blogs on the importance of reading and literacy for people in prison, celebrating innovative projects and highlighting areas for improvement. He reports back from recent events including the Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and English Pen prison creative writing event.