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    Prisoners' views of education: new report

    All | Learner voice | 24 Sep 2014

    A new report from the charity Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) offers a rare insight into prisoners’ views on education and finds that learning in prison could and should do more to help prisoners progress beyond basic skills. Brain Cells: Listening to Prisoner Learners (Third edition), based on a survey of 340 prisoners, offers strategic recommendations to meet the needs of all learners.

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    Inspectors’ report shows prison education must be valued

    All | Government policy | 16 Sep 2014

    Prisoners’ Education Trust says a new report published by HM Inspectorate of Prisons, Probation and Ofsted ‘Resettlement provision for adult offenders: Accommodation and education, training and employment’ is further evidence that education must be prioritised for effective rehabilitation of prisoners.

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    Local votes could win prisons charity £3,000

    All | Education | 15 Sep 2014

    Prisoners’ Education Trust has been shortlisted for the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014 in South London. With enough public votes, PET has a chance to be awarded a grant of up to £3,000. Visit branches in Cheam, London Raynes Park, Mitcham, Sutton and Worcester Park to give people an opportunity to lead crime-free lives.

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    Transforming Rehabilitation: How to measure its effectiveness

    All | Government policy | 5 Sep 2014

    Rod Clark, Prisoners' Education Trust Chief Executive reflects on some of the big news stories affecting prisons and criminal justice over the summer, ahead of upcoming changes to probation under the Government’s Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) strategy.

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    Susan Hill presents BBC Radio 4 Appeal

    All | Distance learning | 5 Sep 2014

    On 14 September Prisoners’ Education Trust’s new patron, award-winning author Susan Hill will appeal to BBC Radio 4 listeners to help people in prison access quality education. Listen live at 7.55am and 9.25pm and all week at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4.

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    A4e to stop delivering education in London prisons

    All | Education | 13 Aug 2014

    In response to A4e's decision to stop delivering education provision in London's prisons, Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) is concerned about the impact of overcrowding on rehabilitation and the affect this is having on classes.

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    Rod responds to the reshuffle

    All | Government policy | 6 Aug 2014

    Rod Clark, Chief Executive, Prisoners' Education Trust, reponds to the Prime Minister’s ministerial reshuffle 14th July 2014 which has led to "wholesale change" to the government ministers responsible for prison education.

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    Charity says: “Sports in prisons is being side-lined"

    All | Sport | 30 Jul 2014

    Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) has responded to recent incidents of disorder and self-harm in the wake of overcrowding and staff shortages across prisons in England and Wales. Rod Clark, PET Chief Executive, writing in the Huffington Post, highlights the negative impact this has on sports-based learning.

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    Parliament debates education for young people

    All | Government policy | 21 Jul 2014

    Last week secure colleges and young people were debated in the House of Lords. During the discussion many of Prisoners' Education Trust concerns about size and location were raised by peers.

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    PET learner’s graduation ceremony

    All | Distance learning | 17 Jul 2014

    On Wednesday 17 July 2014 staff from Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) joined a group of Open University professors for a prison learner’s degree ceremony. Carl was awarded a certificate for his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in front of his parents and two sisters who were together for the first time in nine years.