To bring adult education within reach of everyone who needs it, fighting inequality and promoting social justice.

The WEA is a leading education charity with a legacy that stretches back over 115 years. We empower adults by bringing great teaching to local communities across England and Scotland, reaching tens of thousands of students each year.

We believe every adult should have access to education and its benefits right on their doorstep. Currently, the opportunity for a better future is too often made inaccessible for reasons including cost, location and a lack of information.

We are committed to removing any barriers so that individuals can improve their own life chances and have a positive impact on their communities and society as a whole.

We’re different from further education colleges, because we reach and connect with those who need education most and who are often farthest from study.

  • 39% of our students come from a disadvantaged postcode
  • 38% started on income related benefits
  • 30% had no or low qualifications

We achieve this by working in partnership with102 community-based venues and local networks.