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Who we are

Welcome to the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education in England and Scotland.

Founded in 1903, the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) is a charity dedicated to bringing high-quality, professional education into the heart of communities. With the support of nearly 3,000 volunteers, 2,000 tutors and over 10,000 members, we deliver friendly, accessible and enjoyable courses for adults from all walks of life.

Assessed ‘Good’ by Ofsted in 2014, and 'Excellent' in our last inspection in Scotland from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education (HMIe), we have classes in almost every area of England and Scotland. You do not need any previous knowledge or qualifications to join most of our courses, only a willingness to share with others your curiosity, ideas and experience.

We also have a special mission to raise aspirations and develop educational opportunities for the most disadvantaged. This includes providing adult literacy, numeracy, ICT and ESOL skills for employment; courses to improve health and wellbeing; creative programmes to broaden horizons and community engagement activities that encourage active citizenship.

Our members also help support our mission and campaign for adult education. 


The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

WEA Scotland promotes the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. A short training tool is available at 10 Minute Children's Rights Training