The WEA is a Specialist Designated Institute (SDI) in England and receives public funding from the Skills Funding Agency.

WEA Scotland receives core funding from the Scottish Government in the form of a Strategic Funding Partnership Agreement with Education Scotland. With a carefully structured fee policy that ensures those who can afford to pay do so, the WEA is able to generate fee income.

Further income is sourced from a wide range of grants and contracts funding sources, including the National Lottery, other government departments, health organisations, endowment and trust funds and local authorities.

The WEA is distinguished by the extensive roles played by volunteers, from governance through to classroom support. Ofsted said that “a key strength of the organisation has been, and continues to be, the strong historical bond that exists between employees and volunteer members of the organisation”.

The input of volunteers makes our adult education work distinctive and research conducted as part of the Government’s ‘Pound Plus’ methodology has estimated the value of volunteering to the WEA to be in the order of £4.3 million per year.

To find out more about how the WEA is funded, read the latest Trustees Report and Accounts in our Publications section.

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