WEA Passes Matrix Standard

Following our matrix accreditation assessment in February, we are delighted to announce that the WEA passed the matrix standard with flying colours and maintained our accreditation.

The matrix standard is a unique quality standard for organisations to assess and measure their advice and support services, which ultimately supports individuals in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals.

This is an important quality mark to hold and requires a rigorous assessment every 3 years. The assessor was hugely impressed with the range and depth of services and support available. Some of the key highlights from his feedback include:

  • Operational planning is well developed, and Area Education Plans are clear and comprehensive.
  • The delivery model remains a considerable strength and partners benefit from WEA expertise and capability.
  • The WEA maintains its commitment to student-centredness and promotes Student First as its key message
  • The quality of delivery is very good with consistency across community programmes and projects
  • The development of WEA Pathways is very positive and effective and leads to clear student progression.

The assessor said of the organisation:

“WEA is an impressive organisation. There are few large organisations similar to the WEA that rely on voluntary support and are wholly dedicated to education. Probably The National Trust and English Heritage are good comparisons but they are far larger and attract a wider following with different purposes. It is remarkable that the WEA can sustain a national footprint that delivers education to such a diverse population ranging from retired people using branch courses for wellbeing and social reasons, to extremely vulnerable people such as asylum seekers and long-term unemployed people.”

It was also commented that students interviewed by the matrix assessor highlighted the impact of attending a WEA course: “This ranged from the difference to lifestyle and job prospects to improvements in wellbeing and combatting isolation. These comments came from those enrolled on branch and community courses, with volunteers also clear about the benefits.”

Our thanks to everyone who took part - this is a great result for the WEA.