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    What can we celebrate for Women in Prison this International Women’s Day?

    Women | Government policy | 12 Mar 2014

    To mark International Women's Day on 8th March, Laurel Townsend, Policy and Campaigns Manager from Women in Prison a member organisation of the Prisoner Learning Alliance, writes a thought provoking piece about the current opportunities and challenges facing women in the Criminal Justice Sector.

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    PLA welcomes new report about prison teachers

    All | Information and Communication Technology (ICT) | 25 Feb 2014

    Prisoners' Education Trust (PET), as Secretariat for the Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA), have welcomed a new report from the University and College Union (UCU) outlining research it conducted into prison education, and agree with calls for better support for prison education and for more stability in the system.

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    Save Wandsworth Prison Museum

    All | History of prisoner education | 20 Feb 2014

    This month is PET's 25th anniversary, so we went back to our roots with a visit to the under-threat Prison Museum at HMP Wandsworth, where PET was founded.

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    Teacher runs marathon to help educate prisoners

    All | Education | 30 Jan 2014

    Trainee teacher and law graduate Amy Brown is preparing for her first ever marathon to raise money for Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) on 25th May.

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    A year of opportunity and anxiety

    All | Education | 28 Jan 2014

    Rod Clark, Chief Executive at Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) highlights what he sees as the potential challenges and opportunities going forward with the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms.

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    PET responds to Justice Committee report: "rehabilitation starts in custody"

    22 Jan 2014

    Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) welcomes today’s interim report by the Justice Select Committee about the proposed probation and prison reforms but says a greater emphasis must be placed on joining this up with rehabilitation in custody.

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    Transforming Youth custody: secure college plans

    Young people | Education | 17 Jan 2014

    Rod Clark, Prisoners' Education Trust's Chief Executive, explores the plans to manage young people in one large institution, a secure college. He writes: "The Government says this would rehabilitate them through education, reduce the sky high reoffending rates of young people and save money at the same time. Is this the all round win win it seems?"

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    New research: Education reduces reoffending

    All | Education | 9 Jan 2014

    New Government research published today shows that studying a wide range of courses in prison makes people less likely to reoffend when released.

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    Why learning matters for young adults: MoJ consultation response

    Young people | Government policy | 20 Dec 2013

    Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) has today expressed its concern about Government plans to move all 18-20 year olds from young offenders institutes to adult prisons.

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    PLA says Ofsted’s findings on prisons must act as a “wake-up call” to Government

    All | Government policy | 11 Dec 2013

    The Prisoner Learning Alliance (PLA) says today’s announcement in Ofsted’s Annual report that prisons have the worst standards across the whole Further Education (FE) and skills sector must be a wake-up call to the Government.