Join the thousands of talented tutors nationwide working together for social change through adult learning - right in the heart of your local community.
We are interested to hear from suitably experienced and/ or qualified tutors across England and Scotland.
Our tutors are paid an hourly rate and employed on a fixed-term contract basis. If you are interested in tutoring with us you can apply directly by checking suitable roles on our Careers Page.
"The WEA stands for the many values I hold too -and it has enabled me to learn how to teach that generates equality and social justice through exploring all the issues as well as the knowledge of my subject topics. It's a way of teaching that is the best and still gives me enjoyment and for my own learning too.” WEA Tutor East Midlands, Psychology and Health and Well-being. Read more
Great WEA Tutors:
- Can design and deliver innovative courses that appeal to students
- Are excellent communicators
- Can lead and motivate a group of students, but at the same time encourage participation and work collaboratively
- Use active learning techniques that enable students to learn by doing.
- Ensure students achieve their learning outcomes and make progress in their learning and development.
- Regularly assess the progress of their individual students and give them feedback on how to improve.
- Get students considering and discussing their subjects from a variety of perspectives that encourage critical thinking and awareness of the broader contexts for their subject.
- Are adept at using a range of digital tools that enhance the teaching and learning taking place in the classroom.
- Support and apply the principles of equality and diversity in their work
- Can build professional relationships with all types of people, from all walks of life
- Lead students in relating their subject of study to wider issues in their community or the wider world, encouraging them to contribute to their community both during and after the course. We call this creating social purpose from our work.
Does this sound like you? Make a difference: view our vacancies to see if we have roles suitable for you.
Qualifications and experience
We expect our tutors to be suitably qualified and experienced in community learning. In general, there is an expectation of both a teaching qualification and subject qualifications at degree level.
Tutors teaching accredited courses and English, Maths or ESOL are required to have both appropriate teaching and relevant subject qualifications.
However, we recognise that individuals acquire suitable experience through a variety of routes:
- Being involved in adult learning through becoming involved in training for their company, community group or trade union for example.
- Developing detailed subject knowledge and have a passion for their subject(s) that may make them ideal candidates for teaching with the WEA.
- Developing excellent support or facilitation skills through youth or community work.
So it’s worth contacting us, even if you don’t have all the relevant qualifications and experience right now. If you have the qualities and experience we are looking for, we will support you to develop appropriate qualifications.
Following success at interview, we will offer an induction and a supported probation period. Induction is normally delivered face to face, in person or by video meetings and we require you to complete online learning modules in Safeguarding and Prevent duties before you can start teaching.
The probation period will begin when you start teaching with us and will require you to complete some mandatory training, which may be delivered face to face, by video conference or online. As a teacher your classroom practice will be regularly observed by professional staff and other stakeholder.
You will normally receive a classroom observation of your teaching and learning during your probation period. All tutors have line managers who will work closely with you, carrying out annual appraisals, monitoring of courses and supporting you in ongoing development.