#KeepLondonLearning Blog

31/7/2020 – Lewisham prepare to re-open their centres

Lewisham Adult Education Service are reviewing the layout of their centres as they work towards offering face-to-face teaching from September. This will allow for social distancing with measures such as smaller class sizes and staggered start times. Additionally they will also continue to develop online courses. There will be changes to the way we deliver classes but are working hard to make learning as accessible and safe as possible. Find an adult education course.

30/7/2020 – Westminster reveal their adapted ceramics studio

The ceramics studios at WAES have been pretty quiet since the start of the lockdown. Their students have been desperate to get back to their kilns and wheels. Over the last few days students have started to return. Benches have been arranged so that social distancing is possible and safe practices have been adopted in all classes.

Teachers are delighted with the success of the classes that have taken place and are looking forward to welcoming new learners in September. Interested? See the courses available today.

24.07.2020 Westminster Fashion and Makeup Show moves Online

Hairdressing learner, Pantelis Pastianidis, curated The Show, narrating the presentation, and talking about the difficulties faced by learners in producing much of the work from their homes. Fashion learners had their creations displayed on mannequins, which were added to the presentation alongside their sketches and mood-boards.

The Annual Show for WAES fashion, hairdressing and make-up learners was hosted on a Zoom platform this year. It lost none of its excitement, celebration and pride, and clearly showed the ingenuity of the learners and tutors.

The assembled governors, staff, and families were very moved by the creativity and determination of the learners to achieve these fabulous results.

23.07.2020 Waltham Forest Art Competition

Win a gift voucher and have your art recreated on a Waltham Forest mural! Enter art on the theme ‘Stars can’t shine without darkness’ and highlight our strong community ties during the Covid-19 lockdown. Take part and inspire others with your creativity.
Who can enter? The competition is open to all Waltham Forest residents over the age of 5. There are two categories arranged by age: 5–15 years old, and 16 years old and over. But hurry, entries close on 2 August! Get over there now: http://www.lbwfadultlearning.co.uk/main/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/About_WalthamForest_FAN_ArtCompetition_summer2020.pdf

13.07.2020 Get Arty With Your Neighbours!

Waltham Forest’s Friends and Neighbours (FAN) team are connecting people to share their stories and get creative.

Make and create with Share-ArtBox! Open to all Waltham Forest residents over the age of 9, you will be partnered with another Waltham Forest resident from a different culture or background.

You and your partner will get free art and craft boxes. You both make something to share your culture, ideas, memories and craft skills with each other. Find out more and register to take part.

09.07.2020 Free Careers Guidance in Wandsworth

Wandsworth Council Lifelong Learning (WCLL) is offering a free session with one of our trained advisors, where you will be able to discuss your career or learning aims and explore the training opportunities that might be available to you.

They offer personal development courses to help you progress and build your skills profile for work.  Through workshops and short courses, accredited and non-accredited, WCLL can help you to help you achieve your goals.

Here’s what past users had to say:

  •  ‘They’re amazing. They are there for you and really help you to move forward’
  • ‘The Job Club gave so much practical advice about interview techniques. I’m about to start volunteering and it’s thanks to them’  
  • ‘They are there to guide, encourage and support. I only used to go out with my husband, but now I have the confidence to do things alone’ 

To book your individual Information, Advice and Guidance session, contact: Dustine at dustine.davis@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk 07919 392 254 or Jackie at jackie.brown@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk 07557 863 654 If you would like to see all that’s on offer through WCLL visit here.

02.07.2020 Westminster’s Virtual Art Show


Dozens of students, staff and Governors and ex-student, Geraldine Crimmins gathered via Zoom for the private viewing of the work of this year's fine art, ceramics and graphic design students. Arinola Edeh, Principal, described the pieces as 'gallery standard', 'gorgeous' and 'inspirational'.

Despite the fact that most of the academic year had been interrupted by the Coronavirus, the students continued their work at home under supervision by their teachers. Some of the creations have been inspired by the pandemic - some by the drop in pollution, others by the empty streets. 

Some students introduced their work via video filmed at home, explaining their inspiration and methods. Westminster Adult Education Service are looking at ways to share the work on their website - so keep tuned for a link!

25.06.2020 Live storytelling with Alison at Camden

Camden Adult and Community Learning are offering the opportunity for you to learn how to tell a story that will have children engaged and excited.

Alison reads ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’ by Nick Butterworth & Mick Inkpen in this video, so sit your children down with their favourite toy and find out if Jasper manages to grow a beanstalk tall enough to reach the clouds and the giants!

If you would like to join Alison’s online storytelling; then please send Alison a text on 07876 651 950 stating your interest and your children’s ages. She will then send you a link to the live sessions.

Web: www.camden.gov.uk/adultlearning

Instagram: @wearecamdenacl

19.06.2020 July Family Learning Festival in Westminster

After the fantastic success and popularity of their May Festival, Westminster Adult Education Service are bringing back their 1 hour free workshops in First Aid, Infection Control, Junk Yard Animals, Making Sock Puppets and more! The whole family can get involved with learning and having fun, and the feedback so far has been great! Grab your tickets today! https://www.waes.ac.uk/news-events/family-fest-jul20

17.06.2020 Live in Waltham Forest? Improve your English for free!

Waltham Forest Adult Education Service are helping residents with the most challenging aspect of English: mastering their speaking. Their Conversation Club helps so many people meet up online to extend vocabulary and build confidence. Chatting through a range of everyday subjects in a relaxed atmosphere really works!

Interested? It’s quick and easy to get on board with the project, just email conversationclub.als@walthamforest.gov.uk

10.06.2020 Rising to the challenge

Woman Studying Photo by Elle Hughes

Sutton College students have risen to the challenge and continue to successfully study online in many areas of the curriculum.

Many of their classes that started as year-long qualifications made the switch over to online learning when the Covid-19 restrictions came in to place. Other classes have run online this Summer term, including numerous History Club sessions, Book-Keeping qualifications and Creative Writing for Wellbeing.

Feedback from students has been very positive with many learning new It skills. However, not everyone takes to the new methods so easily and the College offers extra support to those learners.

Join their fantastic History Club – Post-War Britain: the 1950s & Post-War Recovery on Tuesday 16 June at 2.30 for a 2 hour workshop!

02.06.2020 Half Term Fun

In Westminster half term school holidays, didn’t mean that families stopped learning – their Festival of Learning this year went online instead of popping up at outdoor festivals across West London.

The online workshops run by WAES have the whole family working and learning together. Creative classes included Cards for Special Occasions, Junk Model Animals and CityScape Collage. There were also some classes which concentrated on creating a peaceful atmosphere at home like: Family Harmony, Mindfulness for Families and Massage for Families. The most popular of all was Family First Aid – which had households treating each other – learning the recovery position and dealing with minor incidents.

Rinku, whose family took part in the sock puppet workshop said: “A big thank you to the instructor – she was amazing and took their ideas on board. She helped us make some marvellous puppets and we even had an impromptu puppet show afterwards.

“I can’t recommend her highly enough!”

26.05.2020 – Getting Arty!

There is no end to the different subjects and skills that can be taught online. These gorgeous watercolours have been produced by Lewisham Adult Learners. They’re completing their studies via Zoom (video conferencing) and tutor support outside the virtual classroom.

Lewisham Adult Education’s ‘Watercolours Made Easy Course’

Classmates show their work to each other, getting encouragement and feedback from fellow students and the tutor. It is something that they look forward to each week – read their comments.

Dance Yourself Dizzy during Lockdown

Jean Abbitt found herself in Isolation, at her daughter’s house when she received an email from her college. It announced that there would be a fitness class online with tutor, Rachel Graham at 9.30am on Monday mornings.

“My daughter set up her device and I was able to join the online fitness class.  Rachel, the instructor adapted the exercises to suit all abilities and different levels of fitness.  

“The music chosen was joyful, uplifting and easy to move to.  Rachel is joyful and patient and a good instructor of keep fit exercise, with a variety of exercises explained and demonstrated in a health and safety way. Although missing my regular fitness class, I am happy to at least be joining in with others in the online class.”

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