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Schools and Parenting Pathway

What are the WEA Pathways and how can they help your organisation?

  • Are you looking for an adult educational provider to deliver training? 
  • Does your organisation work with communities? 
  • Are you involved in adult education, lifelong learning and/or upskilling adults? 

At the WEA we work in partnership with hundreds of community organisations, employers and trade unions across England and Scotland -delivering adult education ‘within reach’ of local communities.

The WEA pathways have been developed as our new partner programme offering a range of courses tailored to suit you. 

We can run tasters which give you a flavour of the WEA organisation and student learning experience with the opportunity to work with us further with our WEA Pathways. 

We deliver many of these courses in partnership with local schools and children’s centres

The Schools and Parenting Pathway provides a range of opportunities for people to explore their skills, abilities and interests in working with children and young people in a wide range of educational settings. Students may wish to volunteer in a school, help their child with homework or understand how a child develops. 

The Get Started range of courses and tasters aim to build confidence and self-esteem. Students can move to the Develop range of courses. Some students may wish to start at the Develop stage.


Get Started

  • Understanding the behaviour of a pre-school child Taster 

Discover how to support a child’s social and emotional development 

  • Helping your pre-school child with maths - Taster

Discover how to support a child’s development in maths 

  • What is SEND in schools? Taster

Discover the wide range of special educational needs and disabilities that children may have. 

  • Working as a teaching assistant Taster

Recognise the skills and qualities needed to work as a teaching assistant.

  • The magic of science Taster

Explore how primary children learn science

  • Prepare your child for starting school Taster

Identify strategies to support children starting school


  • Introduction to helping in a school 

 A short course to explore how literacy and numeracy are taught in primary schools and how to manage behaviour.

  • Supporting your child's transition to primary school

Share ideas and activities to support children's confidence and skills during transition to school


Moving On

  • Award in Support Work in Schools Level 2 

The course seeks to develop the knowledge and understanding that all those working in a school will need and covers areas such as safeguarding, communication and understanding the school context.

  • Helping with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in Primary Schools Level 2

The course enables students to explore the wide range of special educational needs and disabilities that children may have. Students will develop the knowledge and understanding to support children with SEND in schools.

  • Confidence to Study 

Identify key study skills for further study at level 3 and above

  • Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 2

This course enables students to develop and demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to work or volunteer in an entry level role within a school. Work placement required.

  • Certificate in Introducing Caring for Children and Young People Level 2

This course enables students to gain skills and knowledge required to work in childcare provision.




Interested in the Schools and Parenting Pathway? Complete the form below to find out more or download the leaflet here: