Prisoners' Education Trust is committed to doing what works to reduce reoffending. This resource library presents evidence and research related to all aspects of prison rehabilitation.
Search our resource library for a wide range of articles including: academic research, reports and policy related documents all within the theme of prison education. We welcome further content and if there is something you would like added to the resource library then please contact Katy Oglethorpe, Media, Communications and Alumni Manager.
All | Government policy | Jan 2010Scottish Government
A report outlining how those working in prison education in Scotland can deliver the commitments laid out for offender learning in Scotland in Skills for Scotland.
Older prisoners in England and Wales: a follow-up to the 2004 thematic review by HM Chief Inspector of PrisonsOlder prisoners | Jun 2008HM Inspectorate of Prisons
In 2004, the Inspectorate published a report on the treatment and conditions of the growing number of older prisoners in England and Wales. This short follow-up report revisits the issue, four years on, to detect whether there have been any changes.
All | Employability | Jun 2017Katie Pedder
This report details the findings of a two year action learning project, Out for Good, set up in memory of the late treasurer of the Prison Reform Trust, Andrew Fleming-Williams, and funded through the efforts of his family and friends.
All | Government policy | Aug 2014PET/PLA
Prisoners Education Trust (PET) and the Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA) response to The Department for Business Innovation and Skills proposals to expand the loans system by age and level of qualification.
Young people | Education | Dec 2013PET
Consultation response document on the management of young adults in custody, with particular focus on proposals to move all 18-20 year olds into the adult estate, high rates of reoffending among young adults and educational needs.
All | Education | Feb 2013PET
A policy response document re-emphasising several points made by the Criminal Justice Alliance and drawing on our expertise and prisoner feedback, raising further issues relating to the valuable role of learning in prison and after release towards rehabilitation and reducing re-offending.
PET consultation response to Transforming Youth Custody: Putting education at the heart of detentionYoung people | Education | Apr 2013PET
Consultation response document on 'Transforming youth custody: Putting education at the heart of detention', re-emphasising points raised in the Standing Committe for Youth Justice response and adding several additional comments.
Young people | Government policy | Jun 2014PET
A briefing document outlining PET's concerns, questions and recommendations about the Ministry of Justice's plans for secure colleges, with a particular focus on education and learning.
All | Education | May 2016Rod Clark
PET’s Chief Executive draws on evidence to document the many ways education offers prisoners a new and positive identity. He outlines the four main categories of desistance theory and how education is a successful way of reducing re-offending rates.
PET/PLA response to Education Select Committee inquiry: Ofsted Further Education and Skills Report 2012-2013All | Education | Jan 2014PET
Written evidence presented to the Education Select Committe inquiry on Ofsted's Further Education and Skills report, with a focus on prison education.