Good Practice

Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) believes in working with others to achieve change and innovation, this section celebrates best practice by champions of learning, training and skills.

Here, we highlight some of the best examples of initiatives led by prisons, ex-prisoners or other charities to support people in prison with their learning or rehabilitation. Browse articles written by PET staff and partners below.

 

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    Outside Kent University… and Inside HMP Swaleside

    All | University/prison partnerships

    Last month, students from the University of Kent came together with their fellow students at HMP Swaleside to celebrate the completion of a distinctive university module.

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    Penned Up: The festival for and by prisoners

    All | Arts

    As the festival season approaches, prisons are not immune. Penned Up, at HMP Erlestoke, is the largest arts festival in the sector, and the only one in which prisoners play a central role in the organisation. David Kendall explains how it worked.

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    Bronzefield's bold changes

    Women | Prison practice

    ‘Be bold for change’ was the tagline of this year's International Women’s Day, and was an appropriate theme too for the launch of HMP Bronzefield’s new strategy on 8 March.

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    I’m mentoring an ex-prisoner through uni

    All | University study

    Jamie Grundy, who works at Cardiff Metropolitan University, on how he how is helping Rhys make the transition from prison to studying for a degree in biochemistry.

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    PUPiL in Action: De Montfort & HMP Leicester

    All | University/prison partnerships

    A partnership bringing university students into a prison's substance misuse unit challenged perceptions on issues including capital punishment.

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    PUPiL in action: LSBU/HMP Pentonville

    All | University/prison partnerships

    A partnership between London South Bank University and HMP Pentonville celebrated its graduation recently,

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    Scrooge in the Scrubs

    All | Arts

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    The Dame Sally Taskforce

    All | Government policy

    Nine months after Dame Sally Coates published her ambitious recommendations for prison education, HMP Littlehey have become the first prison to assemble a taskforce to make her ideas a reality.

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    “Prison education should be on the radar of every FE college”

    All | University/prison partnerships

    At the Association of Colleges (AoC) conference in Birmingham this month, PET’s Head of Policy, Nina Champion, and Central Bedfordshire College’s Principal, Ali Hadawi CBE, joined forces to put prison education on the agenda and shared examples of good practice prison/college partnership working.

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    Prisoners and researchers debate media role in Brexit

    All | University/prison partnerships

    Every month, a group of researchers from Royal Holloway University and prisoners from HMP Swaleside use recent research as a springboard to discuss topical issues. This month, how the media influenced the Brexit decision was up for discussion.