Tutors needed in Leicester city centre

The WEA 101 Branch is urgently seeking tutors for their programme, on site and across the city.  Subjects include:

  • computing (accredited and non accredited)
  • sewing (basic skills and making simple items, using sewing machines, soft furnishings and Asian dressmaking (kameez and shalwar)
  • arts and crafts for people with learning needs and difficulties
  • Other recent requests have included health and beauty (including Mendi), and sugarcraft.

If you are interested, please contact: Helen Salisbury, Organiser WEA 101 Branch,  hsalisbury@wea.org.uk or 0116 255 6614

Inspiring Sustainability Through Community Learning

Interesting event taking place on 8th November at Derbyshire Ecocentre for those with an interest in sustainability and community learning.  Please see here for more details:

Inspiring sustainability – further details & booking form

Tablet Tutors needed

We have had a request for tablet technology course from a partner organisation and have a viable group ready and waiting for a course.   If you are available and interested to teach a tablet technology course covering ipads and androids as per dates and location below, please let me know asap on abirch@wea.org.uk   Many thanks!

Dates Thursday 10.30 – 12.30   06/11/2014, 13/11/2014, 20/11/2014, 27/11/2014, 04/12/2014,11/12/2014, 18/12/2014

Venue:  John Folman IT suite, Hungerhill Road, Nottingham

Invigilators Needed

Are you interested in being an invigilator for exams in the Region?  Exams are held mainly in Nottingham and Leicester but may also be in other venues throughout the Region.  The rate of pay is half the tutor rate and training will be given.

If you are interested, please contact me – vjones@wea.org.uk

Inspiring Sustainability in Community Learning Seminar

Bookings are now being taken for the Inspiring Sustainability in Community Learning Seminar at Derbyshire Eco Centre, at Middleton by Wirksworth in the Derbyshire Dales, on 8 November 2014.

This one day event will bring together people from a range of backgrounds who share a passion for inspiring adults to live sustainably

The following speakers have so far now confirmed that they are able to join us

Bill McGuire from University College London. Bill is an academic, science writer and broadcaster. He is currently Professor of Geophysical & Climate Hazards at UCL.  

Andrew Reeves from De Montfort University’s Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development. Andrew lectures on the People Society and Climate Change masters course at De Montfort Uni, and is active in Transition Leicester.

As important are the contributions that each of us, as seminar participants, will make. Together, we will develop a shared vision of the role that adult learning takes in the development of a sustainable world. We will explore the rich variety of ways in which adults are encouraged to make a positive response to climate change in their lives. We will each bring our ideas and experiences to share good practice and learn from each other, and we will identify some useful next steps to encourage sustainability through adult learning, in a variety of contexts and settings.

For more information please contact Derbyshire Eco Centre on 01629 533038

Support Tutor Check List

I’ve just been emailed the check list below and thought I’d share it following a conversation with a tutor here in sunny Nottingham.

Checklist for observing sessions where a learning support worker (LSW) is in place

  • Does the LSW have a copy of the lesson plan?
  • Has the LSW received copies of any resources to be used in advance of the lesson?
  • Is the role of the LSW clearly identified on the lesson plan?
  • Is the LSW punctual and is their attendance recorded at the bottom of the register?
  • Does s/he have appropriate learning support records to record activities and progress?
  • Is the LSW using language at an appropriate level for the student/s?
  • Has the LSW prepared or modified any learning aids/resources to support the student/s to achieve their learning outcomes?
  • Is any assistive technology requested, in place, appropriate and working?
  • Does s/he have appropriate specialist knowledge?
  • Is there effective interaction between the LSW and the tutor?
  • Is the LSW well-used in the lesson or does s/he look under-used at any stage?
  • Is the LSW responsive to the needs of the student/s without doing their work for them?
  • Does the LSW divide his/her time well between students needing support?
  • Are equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practices modelled by the tutor and LSW?
  • Does the LSW use appropriate strategies to sustain the student/s interest?
  • Does the LSW involve the student in the identification and recording of their progress?


  • Are students suitably challenged by the lesson? Does it hold their interest and attention?
  • Do they feel able to question and comment when working with the LSW?
  • Do they take an active part in the lesson or do they look isolated?
  • When they contribute to the lesson are their responses appropriate?
  • What learning progress does each student make as a result of the support they receive?
  • What is the standard of work in their files/portfolios?
  • How are they progressing towards achievement of learning outcomes?
  • Is there evidence that LSWs have been able to support students to address actions for improvement following feedback?
  • Are students making sufficient progress to achieve their learning goal/qualification or to reach their individual targets?

Please note that direct learning support does not include care or voluntary support. However, the tutor is responsible for the effective deployment and management of all support in lessons.

IT tutors needed in Leicester City

IT tutor needed for OCR CLAiT levels 1 and 2 and beginners computing/OCR entry 3 qualification at the WEA 101 Hinckley Road Centre in Leicester (LE3 0TD).  Courses are offered on Mondays (morning, early afternoon and evening).  Other possibilities are Tuesday afternoon, as well as offsite provision on various days with a new community partner in an outreach venue.  For that the ability to speak  an Asian language would be helpful.   When teaching accredited courses, tutors should hold the qualifications themselves.  If you are interested, then please get in touch with Helen Salisbury, Organiser on 0116 255 6614 or email: hsalisbury@wea.org.uk

Tutors needed for Newark area

Are you available to teach in the Newark area? I am tutor organiser for the Newark Branch and we would like to hear from you if you are. We are currently planning our adult courses for Spring and Summer 2015 so please contact me on jbrooks@wea.org.uk if you are interested giving details of your subject area(s)/course(s) and availability. If you are one of the tutors who responded to my similar post last year, I would still be interested to hear from you with any updated information.

Thanks, Julie.


NIACE’s Digital Learning Conference 2014

Learning for a Digital Tomorrow’ 14 November 2014 | NEC, Birmingham

Niace are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of FREE places at their Annual Digital Learning Conference 2014 – Learning for a Digital Tomorrow.

Date: Friday 14 November
Venue: The NEC, Gallery Suites 1-2, Birmingham, B40 1NT
Time: 9.30am-4pm


This conference will provide a dynamic, solutions focused forum bringing together policy makers, employers, colleges, learning providers and learners to focus on two key issues for the FE and Skills sector: How to give learners the skills they bridge the E-skills gap and; how learning technology can be used effectively in line with recommendations from the Further Learning and Teaching Action Group (FELTAG)

Conference Outline:

By 2015 over half of the UK workforce will require higher level digital skills. However, 62% of employers do not think their workforce currently have the skills they need, while approximately 9.5 million people across the UK do not even have basic digital skills.

The voluntary and FE and Skills sectors play key roles in supporting the development of digital skills, from basic online skills to higher level skills, for life, for learning and for work. The conference will explore how education can better prepare learners for the digital future, through presentations from Maggie Philbin, Chair of UK Digital Taskforce, Chief Executive of TeenTech and a technology broadcaster, debate and open discussion with employer, Learning Provider, LEP, Local Authority, Examination Board, Further Education, Family and Community learning representatives and seminars with Barclays Digital Eagles and Third Sector agencies.

The conference will also address implementation of FELTAG recommendations published on the 16 June 2014.  With keynote speeches and seminars from the BBC, ECORYS, JISC, Ofsted, The Skills Funding Agency, the Gazelle Group, leaders from Higher and Further Education and key providers of family and intergenerational learning,  keynote and seminar conference sessions will explore how the FE and skills sector can meet the FELTAG challenge, using technology to offer increased opportunities for learning, overcoming barriers of engagement, geography, availability, access and cost, while ensuring that those who could benefit most are not left behind in the technology revolution.

For more information and to register, please view our conference programme at http://www.niace.org.uk/campaigns-events/events/digi-conference

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