Coronavirus (Covid-19)

In light of Government announcements, the WEA suspended all face to face teaching as of Friday 20th March for the foreseeable future.  Your health and those of your loved ones is paramount to us and as such until we have had assurances that it is safe to return to the classroom this suspension of face to face teaching will remain in place.

Whilst, we have suspended face to face teaching, we are our offering a range of courses online for free. Find out more here

From everyone at the WEA please stay safe and follow the Government guidelines. Please browse our FAQs, and see a new video message from our CEO Simon Parkinson below.


Will I get a refund for my course?
We know these are difficult times for everyone and have reviewed our current refund policy to make sure that our students have some options if they aren’t able to complete or attend courses during this period of the Coronavirus.  

Whilst we are making refunds available for our students we would encourage you if you are able, to consider turning your refund into a suggested donation to the WEA or a credit note to use for one of our future courses. Find out more about how to donate here

Donations help further support our work in ensuring learning is delivered to the most vulnerable at this difficult time.

We understand that these are also difficult times financially and we fully understand if you would prefer a refund.  Here’s how we will work out any refund due:

•    If you have attended one or two sessions of a longer course, we will fully refund you for the whole course.
•    If you have attended three or more sessions we will refund you for the remaining sessions.

How long will it take to process my refund?

We are experiencing unprecedented levels of demand for refunds so please bear with us as it might take us longer than usual to refund you.

How do I find out about online learning?

Learn more about our online courses, activities and other ways to stay connected at https://www.wea.org.uk/online

WEA update on the use of Zoom for online learning
To ensure the safety and privacy of our online learning is maintained, the WEA have taken a number of steps to increase security measures on Zoom.
 
This includes ensuring all our courses/activities have passwords and use the waiting room feature. In addition to this we will be providing unique links to the sessions with passwords only available to the tutor and students on each course, this will mean that people can only join a WEA Zoom activity/course if they have been provided with the password. We are also working closely with our tutors to ensure they are monitoring this closely and continuing to safeguard our students and provide a safe space for them to continue learning with the WEA. The WEA will not collect any personal data from our students via Zoom.
 
We will continue to review this on an ongoing basis to ensure we are using the most secure platforms for online learning. You can find more information on our e-safety policy by clicking here

Learn more about our online courses, activities and other ways to stay connected at https://www.wea.org.uk/online

What will happen if I'm due to take exams with my course?
We have been informed by Government that all exams are cancelled. We understand you may have lots of questions about what this means for your qualification and your future. We are continuing to work with Government and as soon as we have more information we will be back in touch with you.


A video message from Simon Parkinson, WEA CEO and General Secretary (updated 06/04/2020)


Please see the information and Government advice below.


Information and advice - resources

Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice 
Public Health Matters 
Public Health England 
NHS
BBC
 

The UK Government have released translated guidance for self-isolation and social distancing into the following languages: Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, French, Gujarati, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu and Welsh.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people 
 
Doctors of the World have also provided Coronavirus guidance in a variety of languages, and they will continue to update these:
https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/ 


We understand that this is an unsettling time for us all. Below are some useful links if you are struggling with your mental health and wellbeing:

Mental Health Guidance

•    Mental Health UK
•    Mind
•    Samaritans
•    Young Minds-Tips from the charity Young Minds about how to talk to your child about Coronavirus.
•    Please visit local council website for more information on local support groups and food banks

Money Advice

•    Money Advice Service
•    Money Saving Expert

Wellbeing and Exercise

•    Yoga Journal
•    Headspace - Apps for Smartphones and Tablet Devices
•    Calm - Apps for Smartphones and Tablet Devices
•    Body Coach TV - exercise for adults and children

Activities for Parents and children

•    BBC Bitesize
•    Twinkl Home Learning Hub


Whilst all face to face teaching is closed, we will still be available to offer Information and advice to potential and existing students, parents and members of the public. You can contact your local WEA office or call our Student Support Team on 0300 303 3464 or email studentsupport@wea.org.uk.