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    PET Chair and alumni receive Queen’s Birthday Honours

    Ex-prisoners | Alumni Network | 27 Jun 2017

    The Chair of Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET), along with two former prison learners, are among the high flyers named in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours for their outstanding contributions to justice, adult learning and rehabilitation.

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    Lack of support after prison fails both individuals and society

    Ex-prisoners | Resettlement | 27 Jun 2017

    Responding to a damning report on through-the-gate services for longer sentenced prisoners, Rod Clark says current provision is flying in the face of evidence and failing those who may have the most to give back to society.

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    PET Triumphs in Good Governance Prize

    All | PET staff | 27 Jun 2017

    The achievements of PET’s Board have been celebrated in awards for excellent charity governance.

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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.