Service User Involvement

Prisoners' Education Trust aims to put the learner at the heart of what we do. 

We fund around 2,500 people in prison a year. Our 2016 - 2020 strategy places their needs, aspirations and voices at the centre of our work. 

Why?

We care passionately about empowering people, and believe that their experiences and ideas are a crucial source of expertise on which we must draw to improve our impact. By placing the learner at the centre of our work we are committed to meaningfully to involve prisoners in shaping education policy and practice. Learners’ experiences and opportunities are the touchstone against which we need to judge the success of what we do. 

How? 

Our learner voice projects are about empowering learners by providing appropriate ways of listening to their concerns, interests and needs in order to develop educational experiences better suited to those individuals.

Our alumni network is a community for people after they have been released from prison. Most have been funded by PET, and all are passionate about the potential of education to transform people's lives. Our alumni act as spokespeople for PET before policy makers, the wider sector, and the media. They take part in training and workshops, and they join up with staff and trustees at events.  

Our alumni Advisory Group, formed in April 2017, will take an important strategic role in influencing PET's strategy, and helping to advise staff on individual projects. It is chaired by Trustee Simon Scott, himself a PET alumnus.