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 | May 2015Nina Champion - Prisoner Learning Alliance
The current Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) phase 4 contracts for prison education come to an end in July 2016. The new UK Government will need to decide in summer 2015 whether to extend the current contracts for a further year, or to begin re-procurement. This briefing, produced in consultation with 23 organisations under the Prisoner Learning Alliance, provides expertise and solutions to improve the quality of prison education and ensure that the future contracts deliver for all learners.
The Lammy Review: An independent review into the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the Criminal Justice SystemBlack, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) | Prison practice | Sep 2017David Lammy
This report is the product of an independent review, commissioned by two Prime Ministers. The review was established to ‘make recommendations for improvement with the ultimate aim of reducing the proportion of BAME offenders in the criminal justice system’. It reflects a growing sense of urgency, across party-political lines, to find solutions to this inequity.
All | Education | Feb 2010Rachel O'Brien - RSA
A report from the RSA Prison Learning Network.
All | Education | Apr 2009Vernor Muñoz - Human Rights Council, United Nations
This report by Special Rapporteur Vernor Muñoz to the Human Rights Council is devoted to the question of the right to education of
persons in detention, a group subject to discrimination generally and to discrimination in the provision of education specifically.
The Right Type of Education A Briefing on Education and Training Provision for Gypsy and Irish Traveller Prisoners in England and WalesBlack, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) | Education | Nov 2015Conn Mac Gabhann
This report published by the Traveller Equality Project identifies the substantial unmet educational and training need of Gypsies, Romanies and Irish Travellers in prison. Significantly, the report highlights a high level of interest in suitable education amongst this group, as well as the barriers to progression in education.
All | Information and Communication Technology (ICT) | Nov 2013Nina Champion, Kimmett Edgar
The Prison Reform Trust and Prisoners Education Trust have worked together to identify more effective ways of using information communication technologies (ICT) in prison, and the benefits that are likely to come from expanding their use. ICT for education, resettlement and family ties can be an important tool in reducing reoffending.
All | Learner voice | Jan 2003Julia Braggins, Jenny Talbot - Prison Reform Trust
What do prisoners think about education in prisons? What have their experiences been? What might they recommend for the future of prison education? Despite a great deal of interest in prison education, the voices of prisoners are rarely heard.To our knowledge, there have been few studies that set out with the sole intention of eliciting prisoners’ views about their experience of education in prison.
All | Government policy | Jan 2009Martin Wright - Making Justice Work
A paper considering the logic behind sentencing policies, and looking at how a more restorative justice approach could be adopted.
All | International | Nov 2014Sheena Leaf
The purpose of this report is to share those findings, examine and highlight best practice and to make some recommendations of how the UK could benefit.
All | Education | May 2016Dame Sally Coates
In this government-commissioned review, Dame Sally Coates stresses the need to reform the way we educate in prisons, stating that prison education should be “at the heart” of the prison system. The recommendations, all of which were accepted in principle by the Government, advocates greater Governor autonomy, improvements to the quality of teaching and greater access to technology, among other things.