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    Soldiersโ€™ Charity helps jailed veterans access education

    Veterans | Grants | 20 Apr 2017

    Over 40 ex-armed service personnel have been awarded access to arts and education in prison, thanks to a generous grant from ABF The Soldiersโ€™ Charity.

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    My role recruiting graduates to prisons

    All | Prison staff | 28 Mar 2017

    Ben, a former prisoner, was selected to act as an assessor for Unlocked Graduates, the ambitious new recruitment scheme that aims to attract university leavers to the prison system. He shares his experience of meeting aspiring prison officers, and why he believes the scheme will prove successful.

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    Inspection notes

    All | Inspection reports | 28 Mar 2017

    Each month we take a closer look at Ofsted's sections of Her Majesty's Inspection reports, looking at key issues and good practice.

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    Degree-level funding for prisoners in three-year pilot scheme

    All | University study | 27 Mar 2017

    Prisoners' Education Trust, in partnership with the Open University, has received funding to offer free level 1 courses to 150 prisoners a year as part of a three-year pilot scheme.

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    PET to help 150 prisoners start degrees this year

    All | University study | 27 Mar 2017

    Prisoners' Education Trust, in partnership with the Open University, has received funding to offer free level 1 courses to 150 prisoners a year as part of a three-year pilot scheme.

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    What reading in prison means to me

    All | Literacy | 2 Mar 2017

    In our page in last monthโ€™s Inside Time PET asked our readers to tell us about their relationships with books and reading. We also took the question to a Prison Reading Group at HMP Wandsworth. To mark World Book Day, hereโ€™s what they said.

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    Boxed In? Applying to uni with a criminal record

    All | University study | 20 Feb 2017

    The road to graduation is a challenging one, but many ex-prisoners face significant obstacles to simply starting out. We speak to three of our learners, who hold four BAs, three MAs and one-and-a-half PhDs between them, about how a ticked box can threaten to stall an academic career before it has begun, and cause difficulties even when study is underway.

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    Education Inspections - February '17

    All | Inspection reports | 20 Feb 2017

    A new series looking at how education fared in Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons' reports each month. In February, Wymott receives high praise for an inclusive and embedded approach; Norwich's local prison provision is marked highly, and education at Channings Wood and Exeter are rare examples of progress in faltering regimes.

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    Scrooge in the Scrubs

    All | Arts | 24 Jan 2017

    In the middle of the festive season group of prisoners and staff at Wormwood Scrubs got together to perform Dickens' iconic tale, with a little help from Simon Callow.

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    Education, safety, belonging and the connection between: An insider view

    All | Learner voice | 20 Jan 2017

    Gareth, at HMP Springhill, writes from personal experience about how education can help people feel accepted by society, ultimately leading to safer prisons and less crime.