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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.

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    The real work starts here: moving forward after Coates

    All | Government policy | 18 May 2016

    As PET welcomes the announcement of sweeping changes to prison education, Rod Clark warns of some of the risks that comes with increased governor autonomy.

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    PLA case study #1: Sarah Turvey, Director, Prison Reading Groups

    29 Apr 2016

    Two years ago, PET set up the Prisoner Learning Alliance, a network of charities and other organisations working in education in the prison sector. Individually, PLA members span the prison learning journey, from basic literacy, to further education, to employment. Collectively, the PLA aims to provide the expertise and strategic vision to inform future priorities, policies and practices. Each e-news, we will ask one of our members to tell us more their organisation, and share some of the delights and demands of supporting learning in this sector.

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    Why our attitude to technology in prisons needs an upgrade

    All | Technology | 28 Apr 2016

    Is it too risky to let prisoners access technology? PET's Head of Policy Nina Champions says that particularly when it comes to education, the real danger is allowing the digital divide to grow.