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    Book Review: Her Majesty's Philosophers

    All | Teaching | 22 Oct 2013

    PET's Susannah Henty interviews Alan Smith about his new book, Her Majesty’s Philosophers, published by Waterside Press, which charts his 14 year career as a prison teacher and paints a fascinating picture of a side of prison life that is rarely highlighted – the classroom.

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    To stop reoffending, learning must be a priority

    All | Education | 10 Oct 2013

    Prisoners' Education Trust welcomes Ofsted’s commitment to improving poor levels of performance and calls on the Government to ensure learning in prison is a priority for the rehabilitation of prisoners.

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    Koestler Trust’s Southbank exhibition

    All | Arts | 26 Sep 2013

    PET reports back from the launch of the Koestler Trust’s annual exhibition of art by prisoners at the Southbank Centre, in London, curated by Mercury award-winning musician Speech Debelle.

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    Olympics legacy for sports rehabilitation in prisons is being wasted

    All | Sport | 24 Jul 2013

    On the first anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Prisoners' Education Trust (PET) says that the potential for using sports to rehabilitate people in prison has not been explored.

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    Student council model could help prisoners take up education, says charity

    All | Education | 4 Jul 2013

    Prisoner's Education Trust (PET) says the model of a student council in prisons could encourage prisoners to take up education voluntarily.

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    Event explores the prisoner's learning journey

    All | Education | 29 Jun 2013

    Prisoners' Education Trust reports back from a Cass foundation funded event at the Institute of Education, on 28 June 2013, which raised questions about the purpose of training and education for people in prison and heard from PET alumnus Junior Smart.

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    Teaching in the gym at HMP Swaleside

    All | Sport | 15 May 2013

    After the release of PET’s report, Fit for Release in summer 2012 PET visits HMP Swaleside where staff are using sports to 'hook' people into education.

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    Giving women with convictions a working chance

    Women | Employability | 20 Feb 2013

    To help our networks understand more about how to help ex-prisoners find work, Prisoners' Education Trust spoke with Jocelyn Hillman, founder and Chief Executive of Working Chance, a specialist recruitment consultancy for women with convictions. Read our interview.

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    Learner Voice and Learning Champions at HMP Elmley

    All | Learner voice | 6 Jan 2013

    Nina Champion, PET's Head of Policy, writes about HMP Elmley's Learning Champions, who have an inspiring motto: 'Help me, help you, help others’ after a visit to the prison.