Prisoners' Education Trust has produced a range of films to bring the stories of learners to life, gain an insight into the experiences of people in prison and positive staff-led initiatives. Our film gallery includes films made in prisons and the community. You can view them all on our YouTube channel PrisonersEd and find out further information below.
- A Future Through Education
- Embedded Learning at HMP Swaleside
- Fosters Bakery: Working with Prisons
- The Bridge Programme (HMP/YOI Low Newton)
About the films
Two ex-prisoners who both had difficult early experiences of learning and then during their sentences they got support and gained qualifications. Now Graham and Marticka both work at the charity Youth Empowerment Services working with young people to help them stay in education and avoid getting involved in crime.
At HMP Swaleside, learning, education and preparation for life after release are central to the way the prison is run. Governor Sarah Coccia leads her staff in putting learning at the heart of the prison.
John Foster, a baker and his company which formerly had good links with local prisons and has employed many ex-prisoners. John says he believes in giving ex-prisoners a job if they have the right skills and attitudes and prisons can help them develop this during their sentence.
An innovative induction programme sees new prisoners recognise and overcome issues they have surrounding education to prepare them to learn something new and make positive plans for the future. Debbie is now reconnecting with her nine children, Laura has developed confidence and Kadine is coping with her mental health issues.
Actor and director, Femi Oyeniran and Tim Cronin worked with young people in their film club to create and produce this film about the young offenders' institute's student council, where members learn about democracy and citizenship. In the process, they find their voices and learn how to encourage staff to listen to them.
Prisoners volunteering as 'Learning Champions' are encouraging more people to study, improving behaviour and gaining skills.
Poet Benjamin Zephaniah is joined by PET alumni who have moved on with their lives since leaving prison, all because education gave them further opportunities.
Find out more about the films.