Founded in 1903, the WEA (Workers' Educational Association) is a charity and the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education, delivering 9,500 part-time courses for over 74,000 people each year in England and Scotland.
With the active support of over 400 local branches, 3,000 volunteers, 2,000 part-time tutors and 60,000 members the WEA provides high quality, student-centred and tutor-led education for adults from all walks of life. We also maintain our special mission to provide educational opportunities to adults facing social and economic disadvantage.
Through curriculum themes of employability, health & wellbeing, community engagement and culture, the WEA gives students the confidence to learn new skills, live healthier lives, engage in society and broaden their horizons. Our courses are created and provided through our regional offices and volunteer-led branches, often in partnership with local community groups and organisations.
You do not need any previous knowledge or qualifications to join most of our courses, only a willingness to share with others your curiosity, ideas and experience.
Read more about the WEA in 2013 by downloading our annual review here.
If you want to find out more about the impact of WEA adult education, please download our report here.
In this section you can find out all about the WEA, what we stand for and what we do. You can also read about the type of people who join our courses to become WEA students, and read their comments about adult education and how it has helped them.
If you want to see what courses we are currently running you can visit our online course search. If you have any questions you can contact your local WEA office to find out more.
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