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    Blog: This International Women’s Day #MakeItHappen

    Women | Learner voice | 16 Mar 2015

    Katie, writes from Eastwood Park women's prison about what International Women’s Day and the 2015 theme #MakeItHappen meant to her. She writes: "In a prison, women with all different values, opinions and religions come together and keep each other strong through a traumatic time. They are mothers, wives, daughters and carers, juggling prison and keeping family ties."

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    Help prisoners to read on World Book Day

    All | Literacy | 5 Mar 2015

    Today, on World Book Day 2015, Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) celebrates the charities and staff members supporting people in prison to read and calls for greater access to prison libraries to further their rehabilitation.

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    Parties have their say on prison education

    All | Government policy | 17 Feb 2015

    ‘Our crumbling prison system is a disgrace to modern democracy. Party leaders should be ashamed that crime and punishment is not an election issue’ wrote Mary Riddell last week. Nina Champion, PET’s Head of Policy, reports on what the three parties have said about education in prison in the lead up to the election.

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    Campaign to get 10,000 prisoners reading

    All | Literacy | 17 Feb 2015

    “I stole a book”, Nina Champion, PET’s Head of Policy, overheard the Deputy Prison Governor of HMP Brixton confess at launch of 2015's Six Book Challenge on 9th February. This year the campaign aims to encourage 10,000 people in prison to start reading. Here Prisoners' Education Trust reports back on the event.

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    Employment for women with criminal convictions

    Women | Employability | 17 Feb 2015

    On Tuesday 3rd February, Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) attended the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on penal affairs, where the important topic for the meeting was employment for women with criminal convictions.Clare Taylor, Prisoners' Education Trust's Policy Officer reports back from the event.

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    Great Minds think differently: have your say

    All | Learner voice | 17 Feb 2015

    On Friday 20th February you are invited to join the Great Minds Symposium, to launch a programme that the charity Safe Ground wants us all to contribute to. The charity’s aim is to hold a joint discussion between a panel including criminal justice experts and the audience.

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    Rod Clark's 2015 Look Ahead

    All | Education | 16 Jan 2015

    As the charity looks ahead to 2015, Rod Clark, Chief Executive, Prisoners' Education Trust, writes: "This time last year I predicted that 2014 would be a year of anxiety and opportunity. It was more extreme than that. Over the past twelve months we’ve seen severe staff shortages and dangerous conditions impact negatively on education in some prisons."

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    Reading challenge kick starts the New Year

    All | Literacy | 16 Jan 2015

    David Kendall, Program Manager, Six Book Challenge, writes: “100 prisons supported the Reading Agency’s first ever Six Book Challenge’s Winter Campaign. Throughout 2014 over 9000 prisoners took part in the challenge, which invites participants to read six books of their choice and record their thoughts and achievements in a diary."

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    'Rehabilitation must be meaningful not imagined’, conference finds

    All | Government policy | 14 Jan 2015

    At the end of last year, PET’s Morwenna Bennallick, a PhD student who is carrying out research on prison education, joined a panel discussion at an event organised by the Westminster Legal Policy Forum, Prisons in England and Wales - modernisation, rehabilitation and offender management.

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    The Young Review

    Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) | Government policy | 5 Jan 2015

    Rod Clark, Chief Executive, Prisoners' Education Trust, writes: "On 10 December in the august surroundings of the River Room in the House of Lords Baroness Lola Young, one of PET’s learning champions, launched her report into young black and Muslim men in the criminal justice system: The Young Review. It shines a spotlight on an aspect of criminal justice that is extremely important and deeply troubling."