Drawing, Installation and Printmaking day courses to while away the summertime blues

Please enjoy this message from our esteemed tutor Chris Lewis-Jones I'm running three days of activities as part of the WEA Summer School at The Mechanics' Institute in Nottingham in August. The day-long courses will be explore DRAWING, INSTALLATION AND PRINTMAKING and will run on Wednesday 15th, Friday 17th and Saturday 18th August from 10.00-4.30. … Continue reading Drawing, Installation and Printmaking day courses to while away the summertime blues

Squares of joy to help hospital babies

Please enjoy these pictures of our lovely students on the recent Improvers Knitting and Crochet course tutored by Melinda Lee at Sherwood Textiles. The class practised their skills in pattern development and design by making 194 crochet squares in readiness to be made into small blankets to be used in hospitals to keep premature babies … Continue reading Squares of joy to help hospital babies

C2338881 – Art – Practical: Drawing and Painting

Develop your skills with the many possibilities of drawing and painting. By drawing from imagination and observation you will create a base for future artwork.  Students can use their own mediums of choice and are encouraged to use any materials they already have in order to keep costs down. Dates: 19/04/2018 - 28/06/2018 Duration: 9 sessions ~ Please note: there … Continue reading C2338881 – Art – Practical: Drawing and Painting

C2338991 – Suffragettes in the East Midlands

‘Suffragette’ was one of the blockbuster films of 2015 winning awards for its account of the campaign for 'votes for women'. However the film presented Emmeline Pankhurst as leader of a movement based in London. Lots of women from the East Midlands, including Nottingham, contributed. We will explore the 'Nottingham story' looking at local women … Continue reading C2338991 – Suffragettes in the East Midlands

C2338884 – Holistic Art: A Practical Art Course for Health and Wellbeing

A series of fun sessions exploring the arts as a way to enjoy and enrich and make the most of your health and wellbeing, includes creative writing, painting, print and sculpture. Dates: 07/03/2018 - 28/03/2018 Duration: 4 sessions Time: Wednesday 10:00 - 15:30 Location: Beeston Community Resource Centre, 74 Middle St, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2AR Tutor: David Wood Reference: C2338884 Status: Enrolling (enrol online) Fee: £66.00 … Continue reading C2338884 – Holistic Art: A Practical Art Course for Health and Wellbeing

C2338875 – Ireland – The Troubles

The Troubles will be discussed within the History of Ireland with regards to the period after partition. Long term and short term causes will be examined. Key events like the Civil Rights demonstrations and Bloody Sunday will be considered. The role of indiividuals such as Bernadette Devlin will be under the spotlight. Political and non … Continue reading C2338875 – Ireland – The Troubles

Celebration at Sneinton Hermitage

Sometime I love my job; today was one of those days. It was my privilege to visit with the annual celebration of the Garment Construction and Sewing Skills classes. The classes cover skills from absolute beginner through to intermediate. From my amateur eye it all looked fantastically well made. Many of the students were sporting … Continue reading Celebration at Sneinton Hermitage

WEA Chief Executive visits students

It was our great pleasure to welcome the WEA's Chief Executive Ruth Spellman to the final Intermediate Computing class at Vernon Community College recently. Ruth's visit was one of many 'walk through's" that are undertaken by WEA staff as part of our continuing commitment to quality learning. I am pleased to say that Ruth found … Continue reading WEA Chief Executive visits students

A huge congratulations to our interpreting students.

I read the news today, oh boy! A huge congratulations goes out to our interpreting students. We have received official confirmation from the examining body (Ascentis) that all of those students that entered for qualification achieved qualification. That's a 100% pass rate! Course tutor, Harminderjeet Johal said, "I am very proud of the students and … Continue reading A huge congratulations to our interpreting students.

Students create cupcakes for sale

It is always good to share and with this in mind I am very pleased to share this short report from WEA tutor Coral Campbell. Coral teaches cake decorating and sugar craft for us at The Sherwood Textiles Workshop. Her classes are always a hive of activity! Students are given demonstrations on the first lesson … Continue reading Students create cupcakes for sale

Out and about with Chris Lewis Jones

Lovely group of WEA Nottingham students coping well with temporary accommodation problems at Vernon community college...intervention in the sunshine trumps installation in the classroom any day! I love the vitality of Facebook. Below is a discussion on the picture above. Discussion in motion. Rosie Jarrett This isn't supposed to be art is it? Like · … Continue reading Out and about with Chris Lewis Jones

Me and My Tutor – Caroline Schlich

Me and My Tutor - Caroline Schlich | WEA WEA English tutor Caroline Schlich has been featured in inTuition magazine along with her student Olajumoke Ikoyi. Published in the Me and My Tutor Feature both Caroline and Olajumoke discuss their learning relationship and the progress that they have made together. Olajumoke: "Wow! How do i … Continue reading Me and My Tutor – Caroline Schlich

Shanghai by the Lake

Creative writing at Lakeside Arts Centre, what could be a nicer way to spend a Friday? Last term's course had a focus loosely around an exhibition about Chinese video Art. The exhibition and course proved an inspiration for Neil Deakin; who penned this poem based on his experiences. Shanghai by the Lake by Neil Deakin   … Continue reading Shanghai by the Lake

Make your own bath and beauty products and gifts

Learn to make bath bombs, bath fizzes, body scrubs, lip balms and much more in a fun, friendly and supportive environment. Each week you’ll be shown different techniques and find out about the basic ingredients to use. Just bring lots of enthusiasm and learn how to make lovely products for yourself, and gifts for family … Continue reading Make your own bath and beauty products and gifts

Words V Images (in sublime surroundings)

Friday is looking lovely. A balmy springtime day. Friday also sees the beginning of a new four part creative writing course  held at the idyllic Lakeside Arts Centre. The course will probe different styles of writing, exploring the process of crafting imagery in poetry, memoir and fiction. How can you, as a writer, create a picture in your … Continue reading Words V Images (in sublime surroundings)

Knit one pearl two

According to BBC's Newsbeat "Young people want to learn "old fashioned" skills like knitting and wooden toy making." Here at Nottingham WEA Community office we can not help (yet) with wooden toy making but we can help with knitting and crochet. We have a brand new course starting called Knitting and Crochet ~ Building on … Continue reading Knit one pearl two

Our hearty congratulations goes to Nikki England

Our hearty congratulations goes to Nikki England who had just passed her Advanced Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course. This 150 hour online course included observing 6 full length classes via video. Nikki undertook the course as part of her continuing professional development. Every year WEA tutors maintain and grow their skills as … Continue reading Our hearty congratulations goes to Nikki England

Tutors Needed!

Request from our skills for life team.

WEA East Midlands EME Blog

We are looking for sessional tutors of English, Maths and ESOL throughout the East Midlands.

You will need to have a Cert Ed, PGCE or DTTLS and a subject specialism in English, Maths and ESOL.  You must have experience of teaching adults and be able to deliver Functional Skills and ESOL accreditation.  We particularly need tutors in Nottingham and Leicester.

If you are interested, please complete an application form:

Job Description

Tutor application form

You can then email the form to garmstrong@wea.org.uk.

Closing date 5 September 2014

If you would like to discuss this, please contact Vicki or Sue – 01509 262036 – vjones@wea.org.uk – shaslam@wea.org.uk.

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Advanced Art Journaling

Course title: Advanced Art Journaling Course reference: C2333420 Tutor(s): Claire Hampton Venue: The Textile Workshop, S678 Mansfield Road, Sherwood, Nottingham. NG5 2GE Fee:£358.05 Start date: 8th August End date: 14th November Day(s)/time(s): Friday 10am –4pm Course description: Create a visual journal/diary of a person’s journey through life using journal prompts and creative processes. Download the … Continue reading Advanced Art Journaling

Good News from Ofsted about the WEA

Ofsted, the official regulator of standards in schools and colleges in England, has rated the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) “Good” in all areas of inspection. The WEA is the UK’s largest provider of adult community learning, delivering “stimulating and interesting sessions” to a “broad cultural mix” of over 74,000 students. The report by Ofsted highlighted … Continue reading Good News from Ofsted about the WEA

Win an iPAD by registering on the Learn My Way website

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Win an iPad

We are taking part in this year’s Get online week.  Everyone who registers on the LearnMyWay website is in with a chance of winning a brilliant iPad prize even if they cannot get to one of the arranged events.

UK online Centres are giving away a white Apple iPad tablet with Retina display 16GB Wi Fi.  You have to be registered on Learn my way (preferably via the Let’s get digital course!) For every person registered during Get online week itself ( ends 20 October), our centre name will go into our proverbial prize draw hat. The winner will be announced on the 21st October.

Just goto learnmyway.com , Click on REGISTER – top right.  Type in your First Name, then your Surname.  You will then be given a USERNAME – write it down.  

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Introduction to Permaculture Feedback

Last week saw the first weekend course run at St Anns Allotments by our respected tutor Paul Paine.We thought we’d like to share what the students on the course thought about it. The picture shown a feedback man. Comments placed in the head area represent ideas that need more thought. Comments placed in the torso … Continue reading Introduction to Permaculture Feedback

Making Art: Making Work Video

Making Art: Making Work was a twelve week WEA course held at Nottingham Contemporary in Spring 2013. The course was completed by a group of 15 individuals who organised this event as a celebration of their development both as a group and as individuals, whilst also showcasing the content and physical outcomes of the course. … Continue reading Making Art: Making Work Video

Fantastic Opportunity for Micro Businesses

Are you a micro business (up to 9 employees) that has been trading for 12 months or more?  Or do you know of any?  Please circulate this information to your contacts – we still have a few places left on this pilot run of the programme being held at Strelley Hall, Nottingham. These Business Booster … Continue reading Fantastic Opportunity for Micro Businesses

Welcome Back Caroline

It is with some relief and great joy that I welcome back our esteemed colleague Caroline who has been absent for a long six weeks. Caroline has returned to a mountain of calls, emails and paperwork despite our best efforts to alleviate the task. She is heroically ploughing through them with gusto and at this … Continue reading Welcome Back Caroline

New Student Writing ~ The Art of Writing Short Fiction at the Lakeside Arts Centre

The Art of Writing Short Fiction at the Lakeside Arts Centre Three new short works have been published by students on the Art of Writing Short Fiction course recently completed at the Lakeside Arts Centre in Nottingham. The course drew inspiration from the prestigious Dame Laura Knight exhibition. The three works and information about the … Continue reading New Student Writing ~ The Art of Writing Short Fiction at the Lakeside Arts Centre

English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) with Citizenship ~ Spring Term 2013

C2330452 The aim of this course is to improve students’ listening/speaking, reading/writing skills of English language and to prepare them to take C&G ESOL Assessment. I will teach the students how to ask and give information at work, at shops, at the surgery, at the library, bus/train station etc. Students will learn how to use … Continue reading English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) with Citizenship ~ Spring Term 2013

English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) with Citizenship ~ Spring Term 2013

C2330442 The aim of this course is to improve students’ listening/speaking, reading/writing skills of English language and to prepare them to take C&G ESOL Assessment. I will teach the students how to ask and give information at work, at shops, at the surgery, at the library, bus/train station etc. Students will learn how to use … Continue reading English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) with Citizenship ~ Spring Term 2013

English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) for Work ~ Spring Term 2013

C2330443 The aim of this course is to improve students’ listening/speaking, reading/writing skills of English language and to prepare them to take C&G ESOL Assessment. I will teach the students how to ask and give information at work, at shops, at the surgery, at the library, bus/train station etc. Students will learn how to use … Continue reading English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) for Work ~ Spring Term 2013

English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) with Citizenship ~ Spring Term 2013

C2330663 The aim of this course is to improve students’ listening/speaking, reading/writing skills of English language and to prepare them to take C&G ESOL Assessment. I will teach the students how to ask and give information at work, at shops, at the surgery, at the library, bus/train station etc. Students will learn how to use … Continue reading English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) with Citizenship ~ Spring Term 2013

English for Speakers of Other Language(ESOL) Beginners ~ Spring Term 2013

C2330658 ESOL is a general English course which covers all aspects of communication in English. Its basis is to provide realistic examples of the language as it would be encountered through life in Britain.  It is especially designed to suit adults from other countries whom now living in the UK wish to improve their general … Continue reading English for Speakers of Other Language(ESOL) Beginners ~ Spring Term 2013

Finding and Applying for Jobs Online ~ Spring Term 2013

C2330502 This is not a careers advice course, but aims to equip those seeking employment or training with the necessary skills to find jobs and training opportunities using the internet. Topics covered include setting up and using an email account; searching the internet for work and training; applying online; creating a CV, writing covering letters … Continue reading Finding and Applying for Jobs Online ~ Spring Term 2013

Introducing Interpreting: Level 1 ~ Spring Term 2013

C2330633 An introduction to community interpreting in the community and public services. The course will prepare members of local linguistic communities for relevant voluntary work. Learners must be fluent in English and have passed English or Literacy level 1, also be able to speak a second language in one of the local linguistic communities. Tutor: … Continue reading Introducing Interpreting: Level 1 ~ Spring Term 2013

Introducing Interpreting: Level 1 ~ Spring Term 2013

C2330468 An introduction to community interpreting in the community and public services. The course will prepare members of local linguistic communities for relevant voluntary work. Learners must be fluent in English and have passed English or Literacy level 1, also be able to speak a second language in one of the local linguistic communities. Tutor: … Continue reading Introducing Interpreting: Level 1 ~ Spring Term 2013

Maths for Life (Women Only) ~ Spring Term 2013

C2330494 A relaxed, friendly, mixed ability, women only class working at all levels up to level 2 on improving their maths skills and working towards qualifications. Tutor: Ceri Griffiths Venue: Nottingham Womens' Centre, 30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LP Date: Tuesday 8th January 2013 Time: 1pm - 3pm       Duration: 12 Sessions Fee: Free: Subject to … Continue reading Maths for Life (Women Only) ~ Spring Term 2013

Job search and interview skills ~ Autumn Term 2012

C2330590 This course is ideal for those who are unemployed, actively seeking work and those are already employed and looking for a career change.  It will support necessary jobseach skills as this is an essential requirement for those on JSA to fulfill the mandatory job seeking hours per week. Tutor: Natasha Johnson-Richards Venue: Go Digital- Bridgeway, … Continue reading Job search and interview skills ~ Autumn Term 2012

Sewing Skills ~ Spring Term 2013

C2330462 In this course learners will learn about the use of sewing machines, pattern making, stitching a garment and the creation of new designs in textiles. It will also improve literacy and numeracy skill via measurements and markings on pattern. This class has always been friendly, relaxing and creative for everyone. It is open to … Continue reading Sewing Skills ~ Spring Term 2013

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning: Writing Short Fiction in Nottinghamshire ~ Spring Term 2013

C2330482 Using the Saturday Night and Sunday Morning exhibition and the local area as inspiration for a variety of creative writing exercises, the course will look at the art of writing short fiction and “capturing the authenticity of ‘normal lives’”. Workshop activities on elements of flash fiction and short-story writing will feed into participants’ discussions … Continue reading Saturday Night and Sunday Morning: Writing Short Fiction in Nottinghamshire ~ Spring Term 2013

Sewing Skills ~ Spring Term 2013

C2330458 In this course learners will learn about the use of sewing machines, pattern making, stitching a garment and the creation of new designs in textiles. It will also improve literacy and numeracy skill via measurements and markings on pattern. This class has always been friendly, relaxing and creative for everyone. It is open to … Continue reading Sewing Skills ~ Spring Term 2013

English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) with Citizenship ~ Spring Term 2013

C2330448 The aim of this course is to improve students’ listening/speaking, reading/writing skills of English language and to prepare them to take C&G ESOL Assessment. I will teach the students how to ask and give information at work, at shops, at the surgery, at the library, bus/train station etc. Students will learn how to use … Continue reading English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) with Citizenship ~ Spring Term 2013

Computer Workshop ~ Spring Term 2013

C2330465 Acquire new skills and develop your own computer needs at home or at work.Overcome initial fears and help to boost your confidence to explore the versatility of the computer. Tutor: Harminderjeet Johal Venue: WEA Training Room, Hungerhill Road, St Anns, Nottingham, NG3 4NB Date: Monday 14th January 2013 Time: 1pm -3pm    Duration: 10 Sessions Fee: £70.00 (£63.00 Concessions) … Continue reading Computer Workshop ~ Spring Term 2013