Media & Press

Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) wants the public to have a better understanding of why it is important to support prisoners with learning, training and skills. We are happy to assisting journalists and the media with any queries related to our work. Contact the press office, search through our press releases below, read articles mentioning PET and engage with stories about our learners.

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    Press Release: Annual Christmas Carol Concert celebrates the impact of art for prisoners

    All | Arts | 13 Nov 2015

    Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) will be hosting its annual carol concert on Wednesday 2nd December 2015 at St. Paul’s Church, Covent Garden at 6.30pm. This year’s event will celebrate the importance of creative arts which help people in prison to cope and to stay connected with their families and loved ones.

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    New government data on English and Maths skills of prisoners

    All | Education | 4 Nov 2015

    In the first set of comparable figures for over a decade, the government has published data revealing that 46% of people entering the prison system have literacy skills no higher than those broadly expected of an 11 year old child. This is three times more than the 15% of people with similar skills levels in the adult population generally.

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    “Giving prisoners a voice is more important than ever before”, Eric McGraw gives PET’s Annual Lecture

    All | Learner voice | 28 Oct 2015

    Prisoners’ Education Trust will be hosting its Annual Lecture on Monday 2nd November 2015 in London with Eric McGraw, Managing Editor and Founder of Inside Time, the national prisoners’ newspaper. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Inside Time after it was created to offer prisoners a platform for their voices to be heard.

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    Conference celebrates outstanding teachers, staff and prisoners

    All | Education | 11 Sep 2015

    Today (Friday 11th September), Nick Hardwick, the Chief Inspector of Prisons will give a keynote speech at the Prisoner Learning Alliance’s (PLA) Annual Conference at Leeds Beckett University. Discussing the idea of an ‘Aspirational Prison’, he is expected to focus on ways staff can engage prisoners to learn and keep progressing with their education.

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    Government research finds prisoners aspiring to education re-offend less on release

    All | Distance learning | 10 Sep 2015

    New research published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) today (10th September 2015) suggests that offering people in prison opportunities to aspire to further their education makes them less likely to re-offend on release.

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    Alliance welcomes government review into education in prisons

    All | Government policy | 8 Sep 2015

    The Prisoner Learning Alliance(PLA) welcomes the Ministry of Justice’s review of education in prisons, announced by the Secretary of State Michael Gove, today (8th September 2015).

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    Education in youth custody increased to 30 hours per week

    Young people | Education | 19 Aug 2015

    On Monday 17 August, the amount of education under 18 year olds in custody receive was increased to 30 hours of per week, across all young offender institutes. Prisoners' Education Trust responds to this policy change.

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    Alliance welcomes the Justice Secretary’s speech on prisons

    All | Government policy | 17 Jul 2015

    The Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA), representing 23 expert organisations, welcomes the Secretary of State for Justice, Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP’s commitment to prioritise education in prisons, announced in a speech today (17th July 2015).

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    Prisoners' Education Trust responds to ‘dismal’ HMIP report

    All | Education | 14 Jul 2015

    The HM Inspectorate of Prisons annual report published today (Tuesday 14th July) underlines the urgent need for education in prison to be given a higher priority in response to ‘dismal’ learning outcomes noted by inspectors, Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) says.

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    Academics bring university to prisons

    All | International | 9 Jun 2015

    Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) welcomes professors from America and the UK to discuss their innovative prison exchange partnerships at its Academic Prisons Symposium on 9th June, at the University of Cambridge. Professors highlight projects taking university students to learn alongside prisoners, such as the US Inside-Out programme, which was replicated in the UK for the first time in 2014.