Record numbers of graduates go straight to jail

The biggest ever cohort of prison officers to join the service through the Unlocked Graduates scheme step on to prison wings this week. Over 130 new officers are taking up roles at 23 prisons across the country, revealing the growing desire of top graduates to play a frontline role in reforming the prison system. More than 7,000 graduates registered their interest in the programme – up from just over 5,000 in the previous year. This led to more than 1,700 full applications or 14 applications per place. The interest from graduates in the prison officer role was further underscored as […]

PLA evidence to the Education Select Committee’s Inquiry on Adult skills and lifelong learning

Read More Prison education should be looked at in the broader context of adult education and lifelong learning, says the Prisoner Learning Alliance. In written evidence to the Education Select Committee’s inquiry, the PLA highlights the educational needs of the prison population and how stronger links with community-based adult education would be beneficial for everyone. The educational needs of the prison population The UK prison population has disproportionately low levels of literacy, with almost half of people entering prison having no prior qualifications. Many have experienced little or no success in school, whilst others may have been successful but lack […]

Expansion of prison kitchen training scheme to cut reoffending

Read More  Thousands of offenders will be diverted away from crime by the expansion of a catering training scheme in prisons across England and Wales. 1) The Clink Kitchens training programme to expand to up to 70 prisons 2) Training reduces reoffending rates by 32% and will transform the lives and prospects of thousands of offenders 3) Part of government’s commitment to build back safer by cutting reoffending, which costs the taxpayer £18 billion a year Over the next 3 years, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and The Clink charity have agreed to extend their training programme, currently already operating […]

Prison Education Trust is making the case for prison education

Prisoners’ Education Trust PET works with prisons across England and Wales, funding distance learning courses at levels and in subjects which learners would otherwise be unable to access in prison. Prisoners Education Trust have launched in 1989 and have given since then 43,000 awards to people in prison. Moreover, they also carry out policy work and monitoring of the quality of education in prisons. Below are seven suggestions highlighted that are put forward in response to Education Select Committee’s enquiry. Read full response here. These improvements should help prisoners learn more to help unlock their potential. 1. A diverse curriculum […]

Government research: impact of prison education goes beyond finding work

New research from the Ministry of Justice, published today, shows that the positive impact of education for people supported by Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) goes far beyond finding work. Read our CEO’s blog about the new research here The Justice Data Lab (JDL) – a team of statisticians at the Ministry of Justice – looked at the employment and reoffending records in their first year of release for over 9,000 people supported by PET to study distance learning courses in prison. They then compared the outcomes for these people with a matched group of similar prisoners that had not been […]

HMP Pentonville has found ways of keeping educational partnerships running despite lockdown

This first appeared on Prisoners’ Education Trust Despite the suspension of face-to-face education during lockdown, HMP Pentonville has found ways of keeping educational partnerships running and creating learning opportunities for people in prison. The first session of the Criminology module ‘Prisons and Desistance’ was delivered on Zoom to HMP Pentonville students. The Making Links project is a partnership between the University of Westminster and HMP Pentonville. Making Links was an idea developed in January 2016 by Dr Andreas Aresti and Dr Sacha Darke, Senior Lecturers in Criminology, with Jose Aguiar, prison educator at HMP Pentonville. The project creates a direct […]

Webinar: Music in Prisons

Read More Showing someone that within a week long period you can learn a new skills and reach such a high standard gives people the idea that ‘maybe I can achieve something else’ – Participant in one of Irene Taylor Trust’s programmes Sara Lee, Artistic Director of the Irene Taylor Trust (ITT), joined us at our last webinar of 2020 to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Sara talked about her work making music collaboratively with prisoners and former prisoners. Watch ITT’s 25th Birthday Celebration show here Twenty five years ago the Trust started delivering week-long music projects in prisons. Before long […]

Webinar: Education at HMP Bronzefield

Read MoreSign up for our upcoming webinar on prison education in Wales here In 2019, Linda McLoughlin won a PLA ‘Outstanding Teacher’ award after her students at HMP Bronzefield nominated her for teaching English, Maths and Parenting skills. At our first webinar of 2021, Linda talked movingly about education at HMP Bronzefield, supporting women who have been traumatised to achieve their potential through education and the creative approach to learning at her prison. ‘Let’s Celebrate International Women’s Day’ – Koestler award-winner by HMP Bronzefield Bronzefield has found ways to work around some of the challenges of lockdown. Education has continued, […]

Government research: impact of prison education goes beyond finding work

Page Array – Prisoners’ Education Trust New research from the Ministry of Justice, published today, shows that the positive impact of education for people supported by Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) goes far beyond finding work. The Justice Data Lab (JDL) – a team of statisticians at the Ministry of Justice – looked at the employment and reoffending records in their first year of release for over 9,000 people supported by PET to study distance learning courses in prison. They then compared the outcomes for these people with a matched group of similar prisoners that had not been supported by PET. […]

Prisoners’ Education Trust appoints new chief executive

Page Array – Prisoners’ Education Trust Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) has appointed Jon Collins as its new chief executive, as people in prison enter their tenth month in lockdown without face-to-face learning. Jon is currently the chief executive of the Magistrates Association, an independent charity and the membership body for magistrates in England and Wales. He will take up his new role at PET on 1 April 2021. Since 1989, PET has offered distance learning courses and educational advice to people in prisons across England and Wales – from GCSEs to the start of degrees, as well as a wide […]

A message from PET’s President: “a year like no other”

Feedzy Those of you who have been regular attenders at the PET Carol Concert in St Paul’s Church will miss that wonderful event, which brings the PET family so warmly together. Inevitably this Christmas will be like no other. Quite apart from its social privations, we all mourn the loss of my predecessor as Chair of PET, Paul Maxlow-Tomlinson, a victim to Covid-19 at the age of 89. If I had had the opportunity to speak to you in person in St Paul’s Church, I should have been tempted to continue my annual theme of praising prison reformers of the […]

Big Give 2020: give prisoners hope during the lockdown

Feedzy Home > Big Give 2020: give prisoners hope during the lockdown 01 December 2020 Prisoners’ Education Trust is taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge again this year – when you can have your donation doubled! Double your donation here Normally this month, many of us gather at our Carol Concert to reflect on the achievements of the past twelve months. This year that won’t be possible, but thanks to you we’ve still done vital work supporting learners through a distressing year – with prisons in lockdown for 8 months and counting. Take a look at our new short film […]

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