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Georgie at PET's 2018 Academic Symposium with the OU's Ruth McFarlane (L) and PET's Nina Champion (R)

30 Apr 2018 | Georgie | University study

‘I was rejected from university because of my record’

Georgie’s heart was in architecture, and last year he decided to apply for a degree. He was accepted, only to be turned down once the university learned of his past. Now he’s fighting for fairer treatment.

man with a microphone

26 Mar 2018 | Paddy, PET alumnus

Paddy’s story: from spelling ‘dog’ to gaining a degree

Paddy was released on life licence in 2015, after serving 15 years in prison. Having struggled to read and write at the time he began his sentence, he was later funded by PET to begin an Open University degree.

03 Feb 2018 | Fundraising

Writer runs 100 miles for PET

Writer and education specialist Dr Lewis Owens took on an epic ten-day run to raise much-needed funds for Prisoners’ Education Trust.

19 Dec 2017 | Simon's Story | Learner voice, PET news

Beneficiary to Board member

In early 2017, Simon Scott was appointed a trustee at PET, our first trustee with lived experience of prison education. He shares the challenge of representing all PET learners, and how he is working to create a community of learners to inform PET’s work.

30 Oct 2017 | Emmanuel | Learner voice

My daughter taught me to read in prison

Emmanuel was 38 and serving a life sentence when he learned to read so he could write to his daughter – and later study alongside her. He shares his story.

10 Oct 2017 | Learner voice

Writing Competition 2017 – Why Prison Education Matters

To mark the second International Day of Education in Prisons, we asked people in prison to submit poems, short stories and essays addressing the question: “Why does Education in Prison Matter?” We received dozens of submissions in each category, and a panel of PET staff and volunteers whittled them down to the strongest.

27 Aug 2017 | Learner voice

Our Stories: Studying GCSEs in prison

So far this year, PET has funded over 200 people to take GCSE, AS Levels and A Levels in prison, a handful of whom managed to take their exams inside. As they await, lament or celebrate their results along with students up and down the country, we asked them why they chose to study these subjects, what effect it has had, and what they hope to do next.

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