Welcome to the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) Eastern Region.
The regional team organises and supports approximately 1,000 courses each year, which are taught by more than 300 professional course tutors within a quality framework.
We have 122 branches within the region which offers a diverse range of provision, and along with our targeted work within the community (and in partnership with other like minded organisations), we have more than 8,000 individual learners which equates to approximately 14,000 enrolments each year.
Our well qualified and inspirational tutors are employed to deliver a wide ranging Cultural Studies programme, including history, literature and art appreciation, through self organised classes supported by our active and extensive branch structure of committed volunteers.
In addition, we work in partnership with organisations that share our ethos of co-operative action, individual empowerment and commitment to democratic principles. We are Government funded and provide courses for adults which support our special mission to provide educational opportunities to those facing social and economic disadvantage.
Our approach to teaching is learner led and flexible. We work with all concerned to ensure the learning needs of our students are met and in a location with which they feel confident and comfortable. All of our classes in the Eastern region are delivered in the heart of local communities, using safe and familiar venues that include church halls, community centres, pubs, cafes and supermarkets. We want education to be as accessible as possible and we do this by bringing the opportunities to the community.
We are Matrix accredited and all our tutors are skilled and experienced and we are committed to supporting students who have particular learning needs.
The WEA is committed to:
Changing and enriching lives through learning – at individual and community levels
Being responsive in the heart of communities
Removing barriers to learning
Promoting equality and diversity
Promoting learning for life
Below gives you some ideas of the type of courses we have recently offered and we are always keen to develop new learning programmes and we welcome input and suggestions in regards to designing a programme to meet our students' needs.
Functional Skills Maths and English
Employability Skills – INSPIRE, PRIME, English for work, self confidence, transferable skills,
Digital participation – Absolute Beginners IT, Introduction to social media, Staying safe online, Next steps in IT, Digital photography, Film making
Life Skills – Money management, Healthy living and eating, Cooking on a budget, Time planning, Confidence and self assurance
Personal development – Yoga, Music relaxation, Looking good & feeling great
Arts and Crafts – Pottery, Introduction to Art, Sculpture