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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.

Meet the team

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.”

Rosie Reynolds

Higher Education Policy Officer

Rosie Reynolds

Higher Education Policy Officer

Rosie joined PET in 2018, having previously volunteered for the charity while working in widening participation at a university. She has worked in higher education for over ten years, focusing mainly on outreach and widening participation but also teaching English Literature and Creative Writing to undergraduate students.

As Academic Networks Officer, Rosie is responsible for our network of prison university partnerships, PUPiL, and our network of academic prison researchers, PLAN.


Which course?

"If I could choose any course it would be Bee-keeping! I find bees fascinating and when I retire (in a hundred years) I dream of having my own hive. A good excuse to plant more flowers and eat honey every day."

Joe Coules

Policy Officer

Joe Coules

Policy Officer

Joe joined PET in 2018, having previously worked in youth services, criminal justice services and homelessness services. He also volunteers with Good Lad Initiative, that runs workshops in schools aiming to promote positive equal gender relationships and transform the behaviour and attitudes of men and boys. As Policy Officer, Joe is responsible for assisting in PET’s policy work, as well as providing the secretariat for the Prisoner Learning Alliance.


Which course?

“With my experience in youth work I’d be interested in Foundations for Effective Practice in Youth Justice, but I’d pick Birds of Prey Diploma. I love spending time around animals and owls are my favourite!“

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