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    Letter of the Month - Ebrima, 23

    All | Learner voice | 28 Jun 2016

    PET receives hundreds of letters each month. They come from people seeking funding for distance-learning courses, and from people PET have previously funded who want to update us on their progress or say thanks. This month we feature a letter from Ebrima, a father of two from London who applied to do a course in health and safety.

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    Cell In The City

    All | Arts | 27 Jun 2016

    PET meets two former prisoners who work for the charity Rideout, aiming to educate the public on the reality of prison life through exhibitions and simulations in public spaces. The charity helps former prisoners voice their own stories in an attempt to challenge prejudices and preconceptions about the prison experience.

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    PLA sets out theory of change for prison education

    All | Education | 9 Jun 2016

    Justice Secretary Michael Gove said in a recent speech: β€œWe want individuals who leave prison to be changed characters [...] to have become assets contributing to society rather than liabilities who bring only costs.” But how does that β€˜change’ happen and what role can education play? In research led by Nina Champion, the PLA seeks to answer this question, drawing out five key benefits to accessing education in custody.

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    Warehouses or greenhouses? Unlocking potential in England and Scotland

    All | Government policy | 31 May 2016

    On consecutive days in May the new strategies for prison education in Scotland and England were announced. Nina Champion, who was at the launch of both, compares the two approaches, showing that while there are differences, they are both moving in the same direction.

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    PET at the Palace

    All | Education | 31 May 2016

    Members of PET’s Access to Learning Team were invited to the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace this May in recognition of their longstanding commitment to adult education.

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    Notes on Coates

    All | Education | 31 May 2016

    All of Dame Sally’s recommendations have, in principle, been accepted by the Government. But what does the promise to put education β€œat the heart” of the prison system actually entail?

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    PLA Awards 2016: Nominations open

    All | Prison staff | 31 May 2016

    The PLA will be running the awards at its annual conference to be held on Friday, 16th September. The awards are unique in that we only collect nominations from those who are currently in custody.

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    Learning from Learning Together

    All | Education | 31 May 2016

    An ambitious partnership between the University of Cambridge and HMP Grendon has seen students and prisoners coming together to learn criminology. On 12 and 13 May, the Cambridge Learning Together team held a conference to celebrate the programme and inspire more prison-university collaborate.

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    Prison charities give top marks to education review

    All | Government policy | 18 May 2016

    The Queen's Speech of 18 May outlines sweeping changes to the prison education system, including more autonomy for governors, personalised learning plans, greater use of technology and more ROTL.

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    Prison charities give top marks to education review

    All | Government policy | 18 May 2016

    The Queen's speech on 18 May outlines huge changes to the prison regime, promising to put education "at the heart" of the reformed system.