WEA Ofsted result: GOOD


Following the short Ofsted inspection on 29 and 30 November 2017 we are very pleased to announce that Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills have reported the WEA as a good provider of adult education. This follows the 2013 inspection where the WEA was also judged to be good.

Two of Her Majesty’s Inspectors and two Ofsted Inspectors, supported by the director for curriculum and quality, carried out the inspection. They visited venues across the country to observe learning and interviewed students, teachers, managers and volunteers.

Her Majesty’s Inspector Jules Steele said of the WEA:

"You, your colleagues and volunteers continue to work effectively to ensure that a high proportion of students achieve their personal learning goals and course objectives. The majority of students, all of whom are adults, continue into volunteering, community work, further education and/or employment. Students report improved health and well-being, improved self-confidence and a richer, more rewarding life as a result of the time they have spent at WEA."

In welcoming the report, Ruth Spellman, Chief Executive of the WEA, said:

“This report is testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff, volunteers and students and of course the underlying strength of the WEA’s education programme and approach to learning.

“Our services provide a lifeline to many of society’s most disadvantaged adults and the need for community learning is more important now than it ever has been since the WEA began its work in 1903.”

Joanna Cain, Director of Education and Deputy CEO of the WEA, said:

“We know education can transform lives and we are committed to bringing great teaching and learning into every local community.

“We welcome the feedback from Ofsted and will continue to ensure we deliver high quality education for all of our students, which enables them to continue building their knowledge and skills and ensuring they achieve their goals.”

Read Ofsted's full report here.

To find out more about the WEA and how adult learning transforms lives and communities read the 2017 Impact Report here.