WORKERS EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION
The WEA puts on Adult Education courses
throughout the UK, including;
North Yorkshire - York, Northallerton,
Selby, Harrogate, etc.)
South Yorkshire - Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham,
East Midlands - Chesterfield, Derby, etc.
national site has a searchable courses database
covering all of the UK. As it is database-driven, its
contents DO NOT come up on Google and other
search-engines. So VISIT THEIR WEBSITE if you are
looking for courses in your area. WEA regions, and some
individual education centres also have their own
websites, e.g. Yorkshire
and Humber, East
Midlands, and Hurst House in
Yorkshire and Humber regional office is at
Leeds - phone 0113 245 3304.
ADULT EDUCATION COURSES
September 29, 2011, 10
a.m. - 12 noon for 10 weeks, St. Matthew's Rooms,
Carver St. S1 4FT. Ongoing discussion-based group open
Question Of Health
September 29, 2011, 1.30
- 3.30 p.m. for 10 weeks, Hurst House, 11 Abercrombie
St., Chesterfield, S41 7LW. Discussion-based course
looking at principles and politics of health.
Courses are subsidised - money comes from
the Government via the Learning and Skills Council, who
also get a say in how the WEA's systems operate. Well,
actually as far as I can see, they tell them what to do.
This is meant to ensure good quality teaching, but is
done in such a way as to involve a lot of form-filling,
and writing down of things that otherwise should not
need writing down, especially for tutors. All other
taxpayer-funded education providers are also in that
situation. But it does mean course fees are cheaper than
they would be otherwise, and if you are on state
benefits you will not have to pay anything for your
BUT fees are going up for all Adult
Education courses, thanks to New Labour who are cutting
funding. This means there will be fewer students and
fewer courses. "Education, Education, Education?"
Details of courses which I teach, whether
WEA, private, or for other providers, are at COURSES, except for Circle and
International Folk Dance which are at EVENTS.
MORE WEA BACKGROUND
The following is taken from the WEA national website
(but bear in mind that the democratic aims are somewhat
undermined by having to obey the requirements of the
major funder (LSC), which are NOT decided in negotiation
with learners and tutors);
"The Workers’ Educational Association
(WEA) is the UK’s largest voluntary provider of adult
education. Ever since it was founded in 1903, in order
to support the educational needs of working men and
women, the WEA has maintained its commitment to provide
access to education and learning for adults from all
backgrounds, and in particular those who have previously
missed out on education.
The WEA is one of the UK’s biggest
charities, and operates at local, regional and national
levels. Nine Regions in England, a Scottish Association
and over 650 local Branches make up the WEA’s National
Association.Through these local and regional centres,
today’s WEA now runs over 10,000 courses each year,
providing learning for more than 110,000 adults of all
ages and drawn from all walks of life.
Courses are created and delivered in response to local
need, often in partnership with local community groups and
The WEA believes that education is lifelong and should
continue beyond school, college and university in order to
help people develop their potential in a democratic
There is a proud tradition of voluntary and democratic
practice within the Association, which is, at heart,
controlled by its members. At Branch, District and
National levels, voluntary members are involved in the
planning and provision of courses, as well as the
governance of the Association itself.
The WEA is a national charity and is supported by the
Government through funding from the Learning and Skills
Council in England, and in Scotland by the Scottish
Executive and Local Authorities. We also raise funds
nationally and regionally, from a variety of other sources
including the European Union and the National Lottery’s
Community Fund.The WEA was 100 years old in 2003."
Paul Boizot. Page updated 20.10.08
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