Prisons Minister Rory Stewart has welcomed new research published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) today showing people in prison who have accessed distance learning through Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) are more likely to find work after release.
“Be seen as a human, not just a suit and a set of keys.” Earlier this year, we asked readers of Inside Time, the national newspaper for prisoners, ‘What would you do if you were governor for the day?’ The responses that came back were fresh and thoughtful – sometimes critical of the system, and often sympathetic […]
UCAS will no longer require people to disclose a past conviction when applying for most university courses, in a decision that was called for by PET, Unlock and the Longford Trust. The criminal record disclosure box has been removed from the UCAS application form in time for the 2019 admissions cycle. Applicants will only have […]
The Chair of the Prisoner Learning Alliance today wrote to the new Prisons Minister Rory Stewart OBE MP. He called for an explanation of why the contracts to provide careers advice for prisoners have been terminated without any apparent replacement service in place. The hundreds of staff who currently provide careers advice to prisoners are […]
“I think education is really important no matter how old you are – if you’re old, young if you’re kind of in the middle you should never stop educating yourself.” Jack, 10 Children of serving prisoners have joined their fathers to help produce an animated film showing the positive impact of education inside. The film, […]
As the Prisoner Learning Alliance prepares to launch a new membership structure in 2018, we re-visit some of its key successes. The Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA) was established by Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) in 2012 at the start of the Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) 4 contracts, when prison education was not on the […]
“It’s an important and exciting time for prison education,” a senior Ministry of Justice official told an audience at this year’s PLA Conference. “We are at the beginning of the final bit of the process that leads to significant changes, as governors are able to control how education is structured, and by whom and how […]