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    Advice on student loans

    All | Distance learning | 21 May 2014

    In response to letters from some of Prisoners' Education Trust's beneficiaries John Lister, PET's Advice Manager, offers some clarity on student loans for prisoners so people can make informed choices about whether they want to take out a loan.

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    Alcatraz escape fundraiser for prisoner learners

    All | 7 May 2014

    In the wake of public outrage at the Governmentโ€™s rules preventing people from sending books to prisoners, 64 year old Martin Farrell, from Kingston, is preparing to swim across the icy, choppy and dangerous San Francisco Bay from Alcatraz Island this month to raise money for the charity Prisoners' Education Trust (PET).

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    Event to promote learning prisons

    All | Education | 24 Apr 2014

    The Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA), which represents 18 expert organisations, is holding a conference on Friday 25th April 2014 at the Open University campus, Milton Keynes to help prisons put learning at the heart of rehabilitation.

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    Celebrating 25 years of prisoner learning

    All | Education | 22 Apr 2014

    Prisoners' Education Trust (PET), a charity that each year funds 2,000 people in prison to change their lives through education, celebrates its 25th birthday.

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    Woman runs first marathon for prisoners

    4 Apr 2014

    A 24 year old woman from Essex is preparing for her first marathon to fundraise for the charity, Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) on Sunday 13th April 2014.

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    Charity says: โ€œPrison books ban is nutsโ€

    All | Education | 24 Mar 2014

    In response to new prison rules restricting access to books the charity Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) has received a number of complaints from prisoners who are frustrated and unable to study.

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    What can we celebrate for Women in Prison this International Womenโ€™s Day?

    Women | Government policy | 12 Mar 2014

    To mark International Women's Day on 8th March, Laurel Townsend, Policy and Campaigns Manager from Women in Prison a member organisation of the Prisoner Learning Alliance, writes a thought provoking piece about the current opportunities and challenges facing women in the Criminal Justice Sector.

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    PLA welcomes new report about prison teachers

    All | Information and Communication Technology (ICT) | 25 Feb 2014

    Prisoners' Education Trust (PET), as Secretariat for the Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA), have welcomed a new report from the University and College Union (UCU) outlining research it conducted into prison education, and agree with calls for better support for prison education and for more stability in the system.

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    Save Wandsworth Prison Museum

    All | History of prisoner education | 20 Feb 2014

    This month is PET's 25th anniversary, so we went back to our roots with a visit to the under-threat Prison Museum at HMP Wandsworth, where PET was founded.

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    Teacher runs marathon to help educate prisoners

    All | Education | 30 Jan 2014

    Trainee teacher and law graduate Amy Brown is preparing for her first ever marathon to raise money for Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) on 25th May.