Support worker needed

A female support worker is needed for a Women and IT class currently running 1pm to 3.15pm on Tuesdays at Nottingham Women’s Centre for students with literacy and numeracy needs.   Please email if you are interested and available to provide support asap.

Paediatric Frist Aid

A colleague has asked me to enquire if there are any tutors out these who are qualified to teach a course on Paediatric Frist Aid. These courses will be running in the Nottingham/Nottinghamshire area. If you are interested or know a friend/colleague who could be please get in touch – or 0115 9628400

French tutor required Calverton

The current tutor at our well established French course in Calverton is bowing out at the end of this term and I need to find a replacement tutor to start in September.

Course details are as follows:

Intermediate French

Level  – rusty ‘O’ level/GCSE or up to 4 years’ part time learning

Wednesdays 9.30 to 11, 9 sessions at 1.5 hrs each

Calverton, NG14 6LZ

The course is always well attended (17 students this term), we do not run the course in the Summer.

If you can offer to take over the course, or if you want to discuss anything further, please contact me on 01623 427352 or (working days Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)

Many thanks, Julie Brooks

Harper Lee anyone?

Whilst programme planning for the autumn term it has been suggested that  we get on the Harper Lee bandwagon and offer a course around To Kill A Mocking Bird and the eagerly awaited ‘lost novel’  Go Set A Watchman – due out in July (I think).

I would be interested in offering such a course in Leicester and Nottingham (or Beeston perhaps) say 7 weeks x 2 hours per week. If you’re the person I am looking for, dust off those A Level notes and get in touch!

Nikki Cleaver     0115 9628418

Post compulsory Education Training event Tues March 3rd

Post compulsory Education Training event
Tuesday March 3rd 2015
Nottingham Trent University Clifton campus

We are running a Careers event for our students who are intending to teach within the Post compulsory Education sector.

Our current PCET students here at NTU will be involved in various activities during the day;  with the afternoon session involving networking with people in a range of roles within the post compulsory Education  sector.  We wondered whether you would be available and willing to be involved with this part of the day, and would be delighted if you feel that it is something that you/ any of your staff  would be able to participate in.

The networking session will run from  approx. 1.45 – 3.45  and will involve students in a speed networking format taking part in a mini interview style exercise. ( We will have interview questions at hand that you could use, or you could add in your own, whatever seems most appropriate, and then we would ask you to very briefly give some feedback).  We then intend to have a general networking session  where students will talk informally to the visiting guests. The intention is to finish by 3.45

Lunch will be provided at 1.00 if you are available and able to attend at this time.

If you are able to attend then  I will send through more details and book a car parking space etc.

Many thanks for giving it your consideration. If you are interested in taking part I can be contacted via email ;

WEA Tutor Conferences 2014-2015

Dates have now been confirmed for the WEA tutor conferences 2014-2015:

Leicester – 17th April 2015 & Newark – 13th June 2015

These tutor conferences are for all East Midlands WEA tutors across the range of curriculum areas. There will be an opportunity to meet WEA staff, to network with other tutors and to share experience. Attendance will count towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The day will include 2 workshop sessions – choose one topic for morning and one for afternoon.

Please download and complete the booking form and return to WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB or email:

WEA Tutor Conference Booking Form

Astronomy tutor needed in Nottinghamshire

WEA Astronomy tutors working in Nottinghamshire are as rare as hen’s teeth! FACT. Which is a shame because both Beeston and Radcliffe on Trent branches have requested an astronomy course for their autumn 15 programme.

Both branches would like a 7 week x 2 hr per session evening course – which includes when conditions are right ‘some outside fieldwork’  i.e. going outside to look at the stars.

As both branches want the same thing, it could be worked so that the classes meet fortnightly or even monthly. The courses would run in both branches alongside one another on alternate weeks and so giving time for changes in the night sky.

Could you or do you know of anyone who could teach a beginners’ level astronomy course? Or if not, where I could ask to find such a tutor?

In the past I have contacted Nottingham Trent’s Observatory, Long Eaton School’s Observatory and astronomy club and the observatory out at Sutton – but have never had any joy in recruiting a tutor. So any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Contact Nikki Cleaver

WEA Community Engagement Courses

As you may know there are 4 new working groups in the region to develop provision under the 4 WEA themes.    This thread (and more in the future) is to highlight that the Community Engagement theme group will be meeting this Wednesday 28th January in Nottingham and to share information.

We will be establishing a community of practice (COP) as we are keen to develop new courses under this theme and to share good practice between tutors working under this theme and would like to hear from you where you feel the most appropriate online space for this.  Linked in?  facebook? here on the tutor blog?  please let us know what you think.

With the general election looming, it is never more timely to consider what we are doing to promote the aims of the community engagement theme and encourage more active citizenship.   Please let me know if you are interested in joining the COP once established and whether you have any ideas for new courses under this theme.

Copy below of the WEA definition for information (more information available on the WEA website):

Community engagement

WEA community engagement education combats social exclusion AND promotes active citizenship.

Working with socially and economically disadvantaged adults along with members of marginalised communities, the WEA runs courses to help students appreciate political and social issues. Our active citizenship programmes encourage greater participation in democratic decision-making while our community volunteering courses empower students to take a stronger role in civil society.

Tutor Development Role – Digital Diversity Project

The WEA has received funding from Learning Futures to deliver our Digital Diversity project across 5 regions, including the East Midlands. The East Midlands is looking for three tutors to take part in the project. The Digital Diversity project is using a co-production model to develop three online learning modules focusing on the pedagogy of learning with and through technology. The three modules will each focus on one area of the Common Inspection Framework:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Outcomes for Learning
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Each of the three tutors involved in the project will work with staff/tutors from other regions on one of the areas above. Tutors will be paid at development rate for their involvement in the project, which will include:

  • Participating in an introductory meeting within the region
  • Attending a training day on Saturday 7th March
  • Contributing to the online Communities of Practice on Yammer to support the module development
  • Reviewing and testing the e-learning modules post development
  • Trialling use of technology within own teaching during the summer term
  • Participating in the project evaluation

You do not need to be using new technologies within your teaching at the moment or see yourself as an expert, but you do need to have a commitment to developing your skills and knowledge, and be able to use the internet to contribute to discussions and view resources online.

We are looking for two tutors who are teaching in the summer term, to participate in the ‘Outcomes for Learners’ and ‘Teaching, Learning and Assessment’ modules. In addition we are looking for one tutor to work alongside senior managers within the WEA to support the development of the Leadership and Management Module.

If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity, please contact Jan Ball by email –

Lutyens, Pugin, Fothergill


Can you, or do you know of anyone who could offer a short course (14 hours) on a celebrated architect such as Lutyens, Pugin or Watson Fothergill in autumn 15?

Or perhaps a ‘compare and contrast’ course of two well known architects?

Nottingham branch committee have asked for such a course for the Mechanics but I am also happy to run the idea past the Leicester branch committee and offer it in Leicester city as well.  Email me (Nikki) with your ideas.