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    PET Chair recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

    All | PET staff | 17 Jun 2017

    Alexandra Marks: judge, legal consultant and the chair of Prisoners’ Education Trust has been awarded a CBE for her contribution to justice.

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    X-factor's Sam Bailey to host PLA awards

    All | PLA awards | 31 May 2017

    Nominations are open for the 3rd Annual PLA awards, hosted by X-factor winner and former prison officer Sam Bailey. All nominations come from serving prisoners, who are asked to suggest the teachers, officers, peer mentors, governors, librarians and others who have inspired their learning journeys.

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    Learners reunite for fundraising hike

    Women | Fundraising | 26 May 2017

    A group of women who first met in prison have come back together on the White Cliffs of Dover for a challenging hike to raise money for Prisoners’ Education Trust.

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    Outside Kent University… and Inside HMP Swaleside

    All | University/prison partnerships | 26 May 2017

    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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    Coates: One Year On

    All | Government policy | 18 May 2017

    Exactly a year ago Dame Sally Coates published her landmark review of prison education, proposing sweeping changes to the way people in prison learn. But amid political upheavals, how much of her recommendations have been realised, and what is yet to be done?

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    Culture in Prisons: Nothingness, masculinity and fragile hopes

    All | Conference report | 26 Apr 2017

    The first panel in PET's Academic Symposium 2017 included Nick Hardwick, former Chief Inspector of Prisons, masculinity researcher Dave Maguire, and Learning Together founders Drs Amy Ludlow and Ruth Armstrong.

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    Human Capital in Prisons: Personalisation, Philosophy & Ignoring the Red-Tops

    All | Conference report | 26 Apr 2017

    The second panel in PET's Academic Symposium 2017 included a former prisoner and current university students; the Deputy Director of Bronzefield and a prison philosophy teacher.

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    Social Capital: Therapeutic communities and think tanks

    All | Conference report | 26 Apr 2017

    The third panel in PET's Academic Symposium 2017 included the governor of HMP Grendon, and two leaders of Inside/Out style courses.

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    Wellbeing, learning and the links between

    All | Conference report | 26 Apr 2017

    The fourth panel in PET's Academic Symposium 2017 included the founder of a tool to measure learning difficulties and disabilities, the leader of two prison/university partnerships in Leicester, and the head of Royal Holloway's school of law.

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    Knowledge, skills and employability: The power of role models and the limits of statistics

    All | Conference report | 26 Apr 2017

    The fifth panel in PET's Academic Symposium 2017 included Convict Criminologist Andy Aresti, a leading reoffending statistician from the MoJ, and Kirstine Szifris, who is trying to collate existing prison education research.