The WEA in the North East was established as a voluntary organisation in 1910 and has provided part time courses for adults for over 100 years. Our courses are open to everyone over the age of 19.
The WEA's vision is to achieve: "A better world - equal democratic and just - through adult education the WEA challenges and inspires individuals, communities and society". The WEA is a democratic, membership organisation. It is one of the country's largest registered charities.
We take a learner-centred approach that is responsive to local needs and which contributes to high rates of success and retention. Nationally we provide around 12,000 part-time courses each year, reaching over 80,000 adults of all ages and educational backgrounds. We also have a special mission to help adults who are socially or economically disadvantaged.