All WEA East Midlands tutors should have received a copy of the months Payroll newsletter which this month contained a copy of some frequently asked questions with regards to contracts and course documents. We thought that this was a useful reference document so a copy will now be available to download from this website for future use.

Frequently Asked Questions

Tutors wanted

I am looking for a history, local history or archaeology tutor who would be willing  – and able – to deliver a course for the  Alfreton Branch (Derbyshire) starting in September 2015. If you are interested please get in touch.

01332 291805

Tutor conferences – still time to book a place!

There is still plenty of time to book a place on one of our conferences this year:

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:

Not WEA work .. but interesting opportunity for someone?

I’ve been asked to circulate this, just in case any WEA tutor (or anyone you know of) would be interested. Please contact David Cross rather than  your organiser about this, as we have no further information.

I run walking tours in Nottingham – the Nottingham Ghost Walk (since 1993) and heritage tours under the title ‘Heroes & Villains of Nottingham’. Details are at Although I just enjoy learning stuff, and so am enjoying learning French just for itself, my main aim is to be able to present my tours in French. There are many student groups of teenagers who come from France to the UK for a week or two in the Summer to develop their English, but having had a few of these groups for tours, I now usually turn them down. They are teenagers anyway, which is usually difficult, but their English is nowhere near good enough to follow a whole tour of storytelling in English. They quickly get bored and unruly and it becomes a waste of time. I thought if I could present the tours in French, at least these groups would get to know something about Nottingham and take some knowledge away with them. I did O-level French at school many years ago, so already had some basics.

In purely commercial terms I have no idea of the ‘market’ for French tours in Nottingham – it might be almost none, but until I actually market them I will never know.

I am going to need the help of a fluent French speaker to work with me, out of interest rather for financial reward, in developing my tours in French. I can learn the language and translate the stories, but I’ll need to bounce them off someone who is fluent to advise on phraseology, idioms etc. and also eventually to assist in helping my pronunciation as well. This would be over a longish period, many months probably, on an ad hoc basis, and mainly I would guess by email or phone.

Is there anyone that might possibly be interested in this rather unusual project?

Any advice would be welcome! Many thanks for your time in looking at this,

Best Regards,

David.  and

Dr. David Cross mobile: 07850 145642

office hours: 01623 721003


Tutor(s) required in Mansfield area

Are you interested in teaching IT or English and maths in the Mansfield area? I am looking for tutors to take over 2 existing courses, both part of the targeted community programme in Mansfield, namely Computer Skills and Improve your English and maths using IT. These currently run on a Friday morning and Wednesday afternoon respectively. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in either of these opportunities (starting in the Summer term), then please contact me on 01623 427352 or email for further details.

Interview Skills Workshop, Monday 9th March 2015, 10 – 11.30am


Zebeda teaching on the previous Employability Skills Workshop



Following the popular ‘Employability Skills Workshop’ in January, Zabeda Sharif, a professional careers adviser, will be running a session on ‘Interview Skills’. This workshop is for anyone wishing to improve their presentation skills and succeed in interviews.

This will be held at the 101 Centre, Hinckley Road. Leicester LE3 0TD.

Please phone the office on 0116 2556614 or call to book your place.

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 First 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