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Courses like these are the only way we have to really progress and better ourselves. Being funded gives that little bit of hope. Getting that letter from someone who doesn’t know me, but who knows I’m in prison… that’s giving hope and inspiration.

Ashley, HMP Styal

For 30 years, PET has helped people in prison transform their lives through education. Working across England and Wales, we fund courses in levels and subjects not usually available, and we champion the importance of education for prisoners, their families and our entire society.

Less crime, more employment: Read more about our impact

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Policy work

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Work with our learners


In recent years, conditions in prisons have deteriorated. The population has risen while staff numbers have decreased. Violence, self- harm and drug use are widespread, and more and more prisoners are spending 23 hours a day locked in their cell. Every three days someone in prison takes their own life.

People in prison are often among the most disadvantaged in our society. Many have had damaging childhoods, have experienced mental health and addiction problems, and have suffered multiple bereavements. Most step through the prison gates with a poor and limited history of education.

*Statistics from Coates Review, 2016


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