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Alongside our work supporting individual prisoners, we advocate for system-wide improvements in prison education.

We use our voice to inform the public, parliament and media about the positive impact of education on rehabilitation, learning from people with lived experience of prison and making the case for change.

Our priorities are:

In 2012, we worked with other organisations to form the Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA), a network of organisations and individuals using its collective voice to improve prison education.

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Take a look at our policy reports, briefings and toolkits

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Meet the team

Francesca Cooney

Francesca Cooney

Head of Policy

Francesca Cooney

Head of Policy

Francesca joined PET in September 2018. She has worked in resettlement, homelessness and in the advice sector. She also worked at the Prison Reform Trust where she managed their advice service and carried out policy work relating to the treatment and conditions of prisoners. She then became a prison inspector, specialising in inspecting women’s prisons. She is a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow.


Which course?

"I would like to study the Arts Past and Present with the OU because it looks at contemporary culture alongside the history of art and looks at different forms of art too. I think it would be fascinating.”

Helena Wysocki

Networks Officer

Helena Wysocki

Networks Officer

Helena joined PET at the end of 2019, after two years at the British Red Cross.  As Networks Officer, Helena works with members of the Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA), which brings together various organisations and individuals working towards shared policy aims in prison learning. She also helps develop and support prison-university partnerships around the country.

Her favourite part of the role is meeting inspirational people from different organisations who are all trying to improve the system, and speaking to people whose outlooks on life have been changed through education.


Which course?

I think I’d go for Creative Writing - you can achieve so much through storytelling. I love reading something that challenges your preconceptions but which was also written with a sense of humour or brings out the finer details. Imagine being able to write something like that!

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