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    PET, PLA urge Truss to continue reforms

    All | Government policy | 14 Jul 2016

    PET and the Prisoner Learning Alliance have added their names to a letter urging the new Justice Secretary to continue to Gove's prison reforms

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    For the sake of prison education, Gove must โ€œstay involvedโ€ in Justice

    All | Government policy | 12 Jul 2016

    Delivering PET's Annual Lecture, Dame Sally Coates, who reviewed prison education on behalf of the Government has said she hopes Michael Gove will retain influence in the Justice sector so that much-needed reform goes ahead.

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    โ€˜Dear Dame Sallyโ€™: A teacher speaks up

    All | Teaching | 29 Jun 2016

    Dr Laura Firth, who has recently completed a PhD in prison education, was a teacher in prisons for four years before joining mainstream Further Education. In a letter addressed to Dame Sally Coates, she speaks of the huge waste and injustice she saw in the system, and why she believes change is essential.

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    Sally Coates, Ian Bickers speak at PET lecture

    29 Jun 2016

    Fresh from her review of education in prisons, Dame Sally Coates will lead a diverse and outspoken panel of five at Annual Lecture, including HMP Wandsworth Governor Ian Bickers, a former prison teacher and two former prisoners.

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    Prison education: what is it for?

    All | Education | 28 Jun 2016

    How do we define education? What does prison education really mean? How do we monitor its effects? PET and the Prisoner Learning Alliance explore these questions in their new report: "What is prison education for? A theory of change exploring the value of learning in prison."

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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: โ€œWe want individuals who leave prison to be changed characters [...] to have become assets contributing to society rather than liabilities who bring only costs.โ€ But how does that โ€˜changeโ€™ 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 PETโ€™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.