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    Restricting prisoners’ access to books ruled unlawful

    All | Government policy | 10 Dec 2014

    Prisoners’ Education Trust welcomes the decision by the High Court on Friday 5 December and hopes that it will lead to prisoners having better access to books. The rules introduced in November 2013 under the Incentives and Earned Privileges scheme prevent prisoners from receiving certain items in the post including books.

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    Education brings families separated by prison together

    All | Family learning | 3 Dec 2014

    At Prisoners’ Education Trust’s Carol Concert on 2nd December 2014, visitors gained an insight into the experiences of people in prison with speeches from guests including Terry Waite CBE who recalled his memories of spending Christmas in captivity, PET alumnus Junior Smart and Maryse, who spoke about her brother, Carl, a current PET learner.

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    Carol Concert Celebrates Prisoner Learners

    All | 25 Nov 2014

    Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) is holding its annual carol concert on Tuesday 2nd December 2014 at 6:30pm in St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, London with guest humanitarian author Terry Waite who will be speaking about Christmas in captivity. Tickets are still available at £20 call 0203 7525680 to book.

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    Michael Spurr commits to "an effective education curriculum”

    All | Government policy | 18 Nov 2014

    On 17th November 2014, delivering Prisoners’ Education Trust’s annual lecture, ‘Using Time: not doing time, a constructive and humane regime for longer sentenced prisoners’, Michael Spurr, Chief Executive, National Offender Management Service, said he is committed to an effective education curriculum for all learners in prison.

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    PLA tells Parliament prisons need 'smart rehabilitation'

    All | Government policy | 10 Nov 2014

    Today (Monday 10 November) Rod Clark, Chief Executive, Prisoners’ Education Trust, will tell Parliament that people in prison are losing out on the chance to gain vital skills that could help them move away from crime when they are released.

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    Restricted regimes and overcrowding impact education finds HMIP report

    All | Education | 23 Oct 2014

    In response to HM Inspectorate of prisons’ annual report published on Tuesday 21st October, Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) is disappointed that prisoners are still spending too much time locked up, instead of studying or completing training to enable them to move on from prison.

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    Ex-prisoner from Portsmouth’s Great South Run

    All | Education | 22 Oct 2014

    A 30 year old ex-prisoner from Portsmouth is preparing for the ten mile race to raise funds for the charity that helped him during his sentence, Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET), on Sunday 26th October 2014.

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    PET's Academic Symposium

    All | Education | 2 Oct 2014

    On the 16th September, Prisoners' Education Trust held its inaugural academic symposium at the University of Oxford. Morwenna Bennallick writes: The day was an excellent opportunity for academics working in prison education to share their findings, explore the issues in researching in the area and discuss the next steps for the field.

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    Creatively engaging the public in criminal justice

    All | Arts | 1 Oct 2014

    Prisoners' Education Trust's staff support two creative charities and review their current events, an art exhibition Catching Dreams, from the Koestler Trust and play A Matter of Mind by Cardboard Citizens. PET supports creative learning and many of its beneficiaries and alumni say art gives them a sense of pride and self-belief.

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    PET inspires learners at HMP Rochester

    All | Education | 30 Sep 2014

    Prisoners' Education Trust's Access to Learning Team recently visited HMP Rochester to encourage prisoners to consider distance learning courses and to advise them as to the most suitable options.