Why can I not join some of the courses run by the WEA? 

Funding for adult education has changed. This means that some courses are only available for people that live in particular areas. For further support, information and advice please see our Helpful Links website section. To enrol and for help with joining any of our courses please contact WEA Support Services on 0300 303 3464.

The government has decided to divide the budget for Adult Education amongst local areas. This means that your local government decide what courses receive funding. Your local government have decided that some courses are not a priority and will no longer be funding them. Unfortunately, this change in funding affects WEA funded courses in your area. WEA funded courses may no longer be available to you because:  

  • WEA funded courses are no longer running in your area 
     
  • You can't attend courses in your area because where you live is outside of the eligible area for course funding.   

We apologise for the changes to your local WEA courses. The government changes to Adult Education funding has affected us as a charity. We are continuing to work hard to campaign for more adult education funding. You too can support adult education by contacting your local councillor or mayor. Let your local government know what courses mean to you and your area, what the benefits are to your community, and ask them to rethink their position. You can find the details of your local representatives here: 

  • Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCAs) have responsibility for Adult Education budgets in their areas. You can find information about your MCA here; including links to their Twitter pages, where you can find their websites and contact information
     
  • You can also find information about your local MP and your local council at the following links. Although they do not have direct responsibility for the adult education budget, they may be able to raise issues with the MCAs. Search your postcode at Gov.uk to find your local council website. Or one of the following links will tell you who your MPs is and how to contact them: 

If you would like to be more involved in raising awareness of Adult Education, contact us about becoming a volunteer. Simply email volunteering@wea.org.uk for details on how to get involved.
 

I’m an existing student – why is my course no longer available to me? 

The WEA is sorry that we cannot run the same courses and cannot have them open to everyone anymore. The decision to change your WEA courses were decided by government, not the WEA.

Where possible we will work with WEA volunteer branches, look for sponsorship or fundraising to continue courses in your area. For further support, information and advice in the meantime please see our Helpful Links website section. To enrol and for help with joining any of our courses please contact WEA Support Services on 0300 303 3464.
 

Can I attend a course that is funded by a Combined Authority area if I live in a different area?

In some circumstances across the country, the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and the Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCAs) have agreed to be flexible with their funding requirements around which students can join courses. 

For more information around whether you are eligible for a specific course please make sure you check the course booking page. Here it will tell you whether or not courses are only available to people from the funded area.
 

Can I attend a course that is funded by a Combined Authority area if I live in a different area?

No. Unfortunately these courses are funded and operate specifically for those in Mayoral Combined Authority areas and as such spaces are reserved exclusively for residents within the eligible postcodes in that area. 

We will continue to raise these issues with the government on behalf of all WEA students.
 

Is the WEA running any courses near me which don't need government funding?

The WEA runs a range of courses which are not dependent on government funding, including day schools. To find out if there are such activities in your area, please search for courses in your local area. The course information will tell you if the course is open to everyone.

You can find all the advertised courses in your area by using our postcode search.