Free to a good home

We’ve a large  box full of bottle tops of various shapes, sizes and colours sitting here in regional office.

If anyone would like these to use in a creative way with their students this autumn  please contact Nikki Cleaver and I’ll arrange to get them to you.

We’d appreciate a picture of what the tops are eventually used for.

We were planning to create a mosaic for one of our outside walls at regional office but we’ll not have the time to do this in the near future.

We are happy to keep collecting bottle tops tho!

I did it!

I recently posted about walking a marathon in London, throughout the night to raise money for Breast Cancer Research.  I am extremely happy to say that ‘I did it’.

Thanks to the generosity WEA staff along with friends and family, I have managed to raise a massive £523.26.

I couldn’t have done this without your support and wanted to take this opportunity of saying a huge Thank You.

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A different kind of training!!!

When I first started working for WEA, I welcomed the opportunity of being able to walk to work as I lived just under three miles away. This was a significant contrast from my previous job which involved 15 hours a week communiting by train!!! As many of you know Mapperley is well known for its challenging hills, and coupled with typical British weather – it is enough to turn anyone off from walking.

I needed a challenge, and decided to sign up for the London MoonWalk which is to take place on 14 May. For those of you who do not know what this is, basically it means I will be speed walking 26.2 miles (the length of a Marathon), around London, in the middle of the night, wearing a bra which has been decorated in a Carnival style!!!!

Why? Well my reason for this is two-fold; firstly I wanted to get fit (having a job which involves sitting down all day is not great!!), and secondly it is to raise money for breast cancer.

I started training in January of this year, walking to work and back (just under 6 mile round trip), as well as walking at weekends and going to the gym.  With less than five weeks to go, I hope to walk a minimum of 5-8 miles each working day plus at least  one long walk at the weekend and (fingers crossed) still find time to go to the gym too:-)

Did you know that breast cancer in the most common form of cancer for women, and the second most common cancer worldwide?  Breast cancer knows no age, gender or race and research is not just about cure, but also about early detection and one day, prevention.

I hope you will all keep your fingers crossed, that I successfully cross the finish time.

If you would like to sponsor me you can leave a donation on my Just Giving website:

Alternatively, there is a collection tub at Regional Office next to the ‘sign-in book’.

Speaking and Listening Assessors

We are looking for Speaking and Listening Assessors for ESOL exams in Leicester and Nottingham.

You should have experience of language teaching and/or City and Guilds assessment procedures.  You will be paid time and expenses. Training will be provided.

Please let contact Vicki – – if you are interested.

History Tutor Wanted

The WEA Lincoln office seem to be experiencing a shortage of History tutors teaching in the Lincolnshire area. This is the most popular subject area and after losing some tutors to retirement, our existing tutors and repertoire are stretched to meet the demand.

With this in mind are there any tutors out there with new content that have not taught in Lincolnshire recently?

Please get in contact with either Linda or Joanna if you have any ideas for fresh and interesting history courses.

Eligibility for Funding – Simplified

There are many rules and exceptions to establishing if a student is eligible to receive SFA funding. The following guidance is not wholly comprehensive, but aims to hopefully clarify and simplify.

Tutor Requirements

If a learner indicates on the enrolment form that they have been resident for the last three years in a country outside the EU/EEA, it is necessary for the tutor and student to complete an eligibility form. Eligibility forms can be obtained either from your Local, or Regional Office. Tutors must ensure that they have seen the relevant evidence including:

  • Government letter
  • Passport showing name and correct passport stamp
  • Application Registration Card
  • Home Office letter

If you are unsure, or wish to query anything about eligibility, then don’t hesitate to contact the Regional Office.

Which Learners are Eligible for Funding?

Most individuals will be eligible for funding if they:

  • Have the Right of Abode in the UK
  • Are a citizen of a country within the EEA (or other countries determined within the EEA)
  • Has been ordinarily resident in the EEA for at least three years previous to the first day of learning

Other reasons when individuals are eligible for funding:

  1. A non-EEA citizen has been granted permission by the UK government to live in the UK and has been resident three years previous to the first day of learning (this does not include UK government permission being granted for an individual to live in the UK on the grounds of educational purpose)
  2. Any individual which has any of the follow types of immigration status:
    • Refugee Status
    • Leave to Enter – Discretionary or Exceptional or Indefinite
    • Leave to Remain – Discretionary or Exceptional or Indefinite
    • Humanitarian protection
    • Leave Outside the Rules
    • The husband, wife, civil partner and child of any of the above.
  3. Asylum seekers are eligible if they:
    • Have lived in the UK for six months or longer and their claim is being considered, but not yet decided
    • Have been refused asylum but have appealed against the decision, and final decision has not been made.
    • The individual has asylum status and is in receipt of an Application Registration Card (ARC), or Standard Acknowledgement Letter (SAL).

Regional Office Spring Cleaning!


It’s almost half way through the academic year. The daffodils are beginning to bloom which must mean that spring is officially just around the corner. Marina and I thought that it would be an ideal time to take stock and check with tutors as to how things are going!!   If you have any general queries regarding your contract, completing enrolment forms, understanding benefits or anything else, we would love to hear from you. So don’t delay, get in touch with us at Regional Office.

We would also like to remind you that if you any un-used stationery to return it to us when posting in any completed paperwork to Regional Office.

Tel: 0115 9628400

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ESOL tutor needed in Nottingham

WEA East Midlands EME Blog

An experienced and qualified tutor is needed to work in Nottingham.

Please contact Vicki Jones for further details:

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Unwanted keys and cutlery

Tutor Charlotte Ellis is working at The Wong Lincoln with students with disabilities. Within a gardening course they are planning to transform a sterile and unwelcoming courtyard space at the centre into a place  the students can enjoy. During the course Charlotte is teaching the students about recycling and sustainability and so we’d like the students to make their own windchimes from disused keys and old or broken cutlery.

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If you have any keys, spoons or forks lying about in a drawer unused and unloved please donate them to Charlotte’s course. You can post them to me at Regional Office or leave them at the WEA office you use (Derby, Chesterfield, 101 or Lincoln) and I’ll get them off to Charlotte.

Many thanks Nikki Cleaver

Please also ask your students – and of course we’d be happy to share our ‘stash’ with other tutors who wish to make windchimes with their students.

Online WEA Tutor Portal Training Events in 2016

WEA Eastern are running a number of online Tutor Portal training events for tutors next term.  The Tutor Portal is an online tool for managing your courses and associated tasks. From January 2016 we will be asking that all of our tutors use this platform to manage and create their Course Information Sheets, Tutor Report forms, contracts and more. In these sessions we’ll take you through how to use the portal and answer any questions that arise. The use of Tutor Portal for all tutors will become increasingly important from January 2016, so if you have any concerns, problems or do not currently know how to use it, please sign up for this essential training.

The sessions are run completely online via virtual training software called Zoom, which is very easy to access and use. We are asking tutors to book places to give us an idea of numbers on each course. If you feel you need support in accessing these online sessions, please contact Adam at

PLEASE NOTE: You must be a WEA tutor to attend this event, it is not open to the general public.

The sessions will last for approximately 30 – 40 minutes and we have put together a training schedule that covers a multitude of days and times, so hopefully there is a viable option for you depending on your circumstances and commitments.  

To view the dates and times and to a book a place simply click here or the link below and follow the on screen instructions. Once you have registered (with just your name and email address), a confirmation email will be sent almost immediately confirming your attendance. Full details and joining instructions will be supplied via email 24 hours before the event starts. Please note, this booking procedure is purely to register your place, the training will not be run through the booking programme EventBrite.

Link to Tutor Portal booking –

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate in contacting me as I will be happy to help.