Since 1903, the WEA has been making the case for the value of adult education to people and communities.

The WEA is a charity and must only campaign within very strict guidelines but we are able to promote the benefits of adult education and we regularly correspond with Parliamentarians, policy-makers and others who can influence funding, policy and practice.

The WEA’s campaigning gets its strength from the size and passion of our membership. Whether it is a single letter to a Minister or a broader campaign involving hundreds of WEA supporters, it carries weight because it represents the views of thousands of learners, tutors and volunteers who all value adult education.

Past campaigns

  • Grow Together - Learn Together. Our campaign #WEAparenting celebrated the positive impact of adult learning on families. 
  • Mayoral Elections in six regions of England. Our campaign #AdultLearningCounts encourages all the candidates to take up a pledge which recognises the importance of adult education.
  • #AdultEducation100 - November 2019 will mark the centenary of the Ministry of Reconstruction’s Final Report on Adult Education and the WEA will support a wide-ranging debate by participating on The Commission of Adult Education group. Learn more and get involved on this campaign.
  • Our #SaveAdultEducation campaign back in 2015 resulted in a petition of over 11,000 being delivered to Downing Street and hundreds of supporters writing to their local MP. As a result, the government announced it was protecting funding for the core adult skills participation budget.

If you would like to find out more, become a member of the WEA and join a movement for adult education.