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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    Learning Champions who 'Bridge the Gap' at HMP Lewes

    All | Learner voice

    Tracey Johnstone, Lead Tutor at HMP Lewes writes about how Learning Champions are inspiring others to learn, whilst developing valuable skills and confidence themselves.

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    Prison hosts social mobility debate

    Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) | Learner voice

    HMP Pentonville held a prisoner led event to discuss social mobility within the black community. Panel members included: Hugh Muir, from the Guardian; Rioch Edwards-Brown, TV expert and social entrepreneur; spoken word poet Andrew Ward and Mark Blake from the Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG).

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    Voice of the ville: prison newspaper

    All | Employability

    PET hears from the Guardian News & Media about why the organisation supports HMP Pentonville's newspaper, Voice of the Ville, which has seen PET-funded editorial staff gain work experience at the UK national news outlet.

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    Dyslexia: Revolving doors at HMP Doncaster

    All | Learning difficulties

    On Friday 7 February 2014 PET attended an event held by The Cascade Foundation, to present some of the early results of their new initiative, Dyslexia: Revolving Doors at HMP Doncaster.

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    No Offence! conference

    All | Employability

    On 19 February 2014 PET delivered a workshop at a recent conference on recruitment and employability. Nina Champion, Head of Policy, gives a summary of the main issues raised.

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    Forgiveness Project: What is punishment for if society won’t forgive?

    Ex-prisoners | Resettlement

    PET’s PhD researcher Morwenna Bennallick writes about one of 10 events organised by the Forgiveness Project, a charity advocating restorative approaches to justice, as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations.

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    Music project at HMP Gartree

    Young people | Arts

    PET Learner Voice Panel member Mark from HMP Gartree writes about a music project he is currently developing for young prisoners.

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    Creating space for women's stories

    Women | Arts

    Carlotta Allum, founder of the arts charity Stretch, writes about her own experiences of imprisonment and her subsequent work with women prisoners.

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    Job fair at HMP Pentonville

    All | Employability

    PET attended a job fair at HMP Pentonville on 15 May 2014 where we gave advice about qualifications employers are looking for. We asked one of our learners, who is a prisoner, to review the event.

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    The Bridge Programme helps women learn about themselves

    Women | Education

    During a visit to HMP Low Newton to film the innovative induction programme 'The Bridge' Prisoners' Education Trust interviewed women like Debbie, a mother of nine, who has developed the confidence to learn and make positive plans for her future.