Prisoners Education Trust

Changing course; education for older prisoners

The needs of older men and women in prison are often forgotten. This project will provide prisoners over 50 years of age with vital educational opportunities to build knowledge & self-esteem. So many older prisoners want to study & become a positive influence; with your help we can make this happen.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1084718)

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy




Ever-lengthening sentences are creating an ageing prison population growing old and frail with high rates of unmet support needs. The educational and employment potential of older prisoners is often dismissed, and they struggle to access opportunities which would give them a better chance on release; often physical barriers prevent them from even being able to reach education departments. With long hours stuck in cell with no constructive or purposeful activity, the potential for change is lost.


Distance learning provides prisoners with the opportunity to study courses in subjects and levels not otherwise available in prison. As study is self-directed and can be done in cell, it places minimal demand on prison staff and helps those older prisoners who cannot physically reach the education department. We will provide advice and guidance, and support less confident individuals. The wide range of courses available means older prisoners can study subjects that interest and challenge them.