2015 anniversaries

2015 sees the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo and also the centenary of the death of Rupert Brooke (23rd April 1915).

Suggestions/short course ideas around either of these two anniversaries are most welcome as I’d like to include something in my Spring 15 programmes in either Nottingham or Leicester.
I look forward to hearing from you, Nikki 0115 9628418 ncleaver@wea.org.uk

Induction sessions for new WEA tutors

Induction sessions for new tutors are planned for September: Loughborough on the evening of Thursday 4 September and 101 Hinckley Road, Leicester on Monday afternoon, 8 September.  It’s important that all new tutors attend an induction session.  You will be paid at meeting rate and for travel.   Click to download the invitation and booking information: WEA induction form September 2014

National Numeracy Challenge

A reminder to all maths phobic tutors out there!

I am  promoting the take-up of this Challenge for all in the Region.  It is confidential but may be of interest to all to find out how current your maths skills are.  It is for anyone to try out a test and, if you want to improve, you will be directed to suitable resources or you can do some learning with a provider (a WEA maths class is recommended, of course).  You can then do the test again to see if you have improved and you can even get a certificate to prove your level if you like.

The test adjusts the questions to respond to how well you are doing so that if you keep getting them right then they get harder.  If you aren’t doing so well then they keep them at a more basic level.  You get an overall score and a goal once completed.

We will be using it in some of our classes and with some volunteers. We will also be using it with Support Workers, tutors generally and any WEA staff who are interested.  I have set up this link for any of you who are interested.


You will have to log in to use this.

I have an access code that I can use to monitor take-up and overall results.  It is all anonymised so I won’t be able to see who individuals are.  I will be able to see bar charts, pie charts, etc. of how well certain groups are doing and how many are doing it.

I hope that some of you will have a go.


Tutor for first steps in care work

A community partner in Leicester city is keen to work with us to offer first steps training in care work this autumn.  The target audience would be people who would like to turn skills learned at home into an employment opportunity or simply that this is an area in which they wish to seek work.

Interested tutors should have a background in care work, be willing to offer a pre-entry course, be female (the teaching would be in a women’s centre), have availability from late September onwards, and, ideally, speak more than one Asian language.

Contact Helen Salisbury, Organiser: hsalisbury@wea.org.uk or call 0116 255 6614 by Wednesday 9 July 2014.


Cookery, food, nutrition tutor needed

I have been approached by an organisation called Double Impact who work with adults recovering from substance abuse. They would like to offer a course for their service users around cookery, food and nutrition.

Ideally they would like a course that encourages the group to eat more healthily and if possible would like the food that is prepared during the session to then be shared as part of a less formal social gathering that would take place after the taught session.

The venue they have in mind for the course is called the St Peter’s Centre in Mansfield and it apparently has a large kitchen that would be available to use for the course.

If you would like to find out more – please contact Lindsey on 07919 528 109 or via email at ltasker@wea.org.uk



Meet Lee Blackman

meet Lee Blackman. He is a WEA tutor and Support Tutor based in Nottingham.
Find out his guilty secret by clicking this link…http://weatutor.wordpress.com/meet-the-tutor/lee-blackman/

Remember, if you would like to share your tutor profile then you can find instructions here: http://weatutor.wordpress.com/meet-the-tutor/
We have found that tutor profiles are frequently among the most visited pages we have. Students seem to like to know who we are when checking out a class.

WEA Men’s Learning Programme Advisory Group

Howard Croft (WM) and I have been working on a project which will develop approaches and curriculum resources to increase the number of men involved in adult learning.   As you may know, men make up less than 30% of WEA students and in some subjects this % drops to single digits.    

We have established an East / West Midlands virtual advisory group to ensure that the voices and experiences of men inform how the project develops.   We would like the advisory group to include tutors, core staff, volunteers, trustees and students.   It was agreed on the first call to open the group to women colleagues with views and experience of work in this area.   If you would like to join the advisory group and/or are willing to feed your views and experiences into programme development please complete the survey below. It should only take 5 to 10 minutes of your time depending on the length of your answers, and there are several tick box questions for those with only a couple of minutes spare.    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WEA_MLP

If you know anyone you feel may be interested please forward this on to them.   Advisory group membership will involve approximately one virtual meeting per term, either on line or as a teleconference and members will also be kept informed of project developments as they happen by email.   There is also the potential to take on a more active role in the project for those who wish to.


Tutors for Practical Parent Helpers (volunteering in primary schools) needed

Do you have experience as a primary school teacher or higher level teaching and learning assistant? Tutors are needed in October 2014 to deliver  7 week x 2 hrs non accredited courses in Leicester, in partnership with city primary schools. Progression will be to the new, accredited  Support Work in Schools course in the Spring term.  You must have a teaching qualification and a DBS check will be required.

Contact Jan Meredith jmeredith@wea.org.uk  0116 2519740 for more information.