Lockdown learning with the WEA

Author's position
WEA Education Coordinator
Article date
20 May 2020
Primary interest

Since March, the WEA have moved quickly to move our courses on line. Over 700 tutors have now participated in our comprehensive training programme, and we now have over 500 courses up and running, including ESOL, Community Interpreting and a wide range of community learning courses which we are delivering free of charge this summer. In addition to formal courses the WEA has also extended our offer to include informal drop-in and taster sessions.

Participants can join one of our regular sessions for some bite-size learning or even simply a chat and the chance to make a connection. We have had extremely positive feedback from those taking part and it has been a great way of gaining an insight into what our students value most. You can find out more here: www.wea.org.uk/ActivitiesLive

For the autumn term we will be organising face-to-face courses with community partners in local venues as soon as it is safe and practical to do so. In the meantime, we will be continuing and expanding our online offer. This will include:

  • Online courses developed with partners to meet local needs, which bring together students linked to your organisation.
  • Online community learning courses in a wide range of subject areas open to adults eligible for funding from across England.
  • A national online programme of accredited and specialist courses.

Alongside this we are also producing a range of resources for students who are unable to access online learning including newsletters and distance learning offers which we’d be happy to discuss.

Further information

Do have a look at our website to see what’s on offer at www.wea.org.uk or contact Joe Carter at jcarter@wea.org.uk . In the meantime take care and stay safe.