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The Community Learning Team is part of the Bristol City Council’s Employment, Skills and Learning team. We set up courses for people with few or no qualifications, and for adults who are unemployed and experience multiple barriers to learning and work. We run a wide range of courses in a large number of venues across Bristol.

Last year we offered over 400 courses in 150 different venues to 2000 residents. Over 60% of learners progressed to further learning, volunteering and work.

Find and sign up for courses to build your skills and confidence.

We help adults with few or no qualifications to gain skills and build confidence, so they can find more learning opportunities or work.

Courses we offer

We offer short courses on a range of subjects, including:

  • Learning for Work
  • Family Learning and Parenting
  • Functional Skills, such as English, Maths and ICT
  • Learning for Community Development
  • ESOL course
  • accredited employability courses, such as First Aid, Food Hygiene, Customer Service

Find and sign up for a course

The Community Learning West website has details of all the courses on offer at the moment.

To sign up, contact Community Learning using the details on the course listing.

We work hand in hand with children’s centres, schools and many community and voluntary organisations, as well as statutory providers to engage learners and provide a quality learning experience. 

Elke Hein

Adult & Community Learning Manager

Elke Hein

Adult & Community Learning Manager

I manage adult and community learning through a team of team leaders. My particular responsibilities include setting the direction and targets for the team, working with our Community Learning sub-contractors in South Gloucestershire and North Somerset, leading on quality improvement

James Bruton

Team Lead - Digital Learning

James Bruton

Team Lead - Digital Learning

I manage most of our IT systems within ESL, advertise our courses online, maintain our IT equipment and, most importantly try to improve our digital inclusion through training and guidance.

Angela Marshall

Team Leader - Community learning

Angela Marshall

Team Leader - Community learning

I manage development workers, setting and monitoring their targets and budgets. Team meetings, monthly 1-1s with all my team. I support course development and the curriculum offer, including accreditation, lesson observation, internal moderation, recruitment; approval of POs and invoices.

Suzanne Beard

Team Leader - Quality

Suzanne Beard

Team Leader - Quality

I lead on improving quality in documentation, self assessment, quality assurance in teaching and learning and providing training and support to tutors

Kerry Liddell

Operations officer

Kerry Liddell

Operations officer

Administrative support to Adult and Community Learning Team, including day-to-day supervision and support of Business Administrative Assistants. I oversee and monitor data and reporting to the Skills Funding Agency, logging of quality monitoring and processing of funding. Lead on HR,

Suzanne Gaffney

Development Worker

Suzanne Gaffney

Development Worker

Plan, develop and organise with partners, local community learning in North West Bristol – to meet the needs of local people. Our target group – adults with few or no qualifications and or with barriers to gaining employment. We aim

Edwina Provansal

Development worker

Edwina Provansal

Development worker

I run a wide range of courses for all the residents of Central & East. I focus on First & second language speakers, Healthy eating, Health & Social Care courses. I have recently organised the Syrian Resettlement programme in partnership

Scott Denby

Business support administrator

Scott Denby

Business support administrator

I do all things admin – data entry, answer the phone, update planners, print documents, scan documents, track down information, etc. I also do the occasional bit of finance on the side. I will help in various other areas when

Julie St Jean Dick

Development worker

Julie St Jean Dick

Development worker

Set up courses in south Bristol for NEET learners. Liaise with key stakeholders to develop programmes. Attend events and meetings to market and publicise provision. Arrange bookings with venues and negotiate with tutors. Support and manage designated

Magda Ostrowska

Business Support Assistant

Magda Ostrowska

Business Support Assistant

My main role is finance support for development workers in North Bristol and processing orders and payment for Community Learning.

Jane Carr

Finance Assistant

Jane Carr

Finance Assistant

Placing orders to tutors, crèches, venues, ordering materials for courses. Maintenance of petty cash fund. Checking & payment of invoices. Liaising with development workers & managers to maintain accurate records of costs for courses. Chasing to get all invoices in

Richard Davies

Development Worker

Richard Davies

Development Worker

coordinate community learning courses for adults in north Bristol, this involves partnership working, research and planning, communication and marketing

Helen Richards

Development Worker

Helen Richards

Development Worker

coordinate community learning courses for adults, this involves partnership working, research and planning, communication and marketing

Lucy Fieldhouse

Development Worker

Lucy Fieldhouse

Development Worker

coordinate community learning courses for adults, this involves partnership working, research and planning, communication and marketing

James Fellows

Core Tutor - English

James Fellows

Core Tutor - English

I teach literacy (reading and writing), developing materials and Schemes of Work

Shani Smith

Development worker

Shani Smith

Development worker

Plan, develop and organise with partners, local community learning – to meet the needs of local people. Our target group – adults with few or no qualifications and or with barriers to gaining employment. We aim to provide progression opportunities

Helen Spiller

Administrative assistant

Helen Spiller

Administrative assistant

Admin Assistant working for the Development Workers. Making up course packs, entering learner data accurately on Learnertrack. Lead on Learnertrack around errors and training. General admin tasks, answering the telephone, sign-posting, meeting and greeting, entering timesheets for tutors,

  • Blended learning

    Another great free course from Futurelearn. This time a great opportunity for our tutors to take on a 5 week course on using blended learning in the classroom. Explore blended learning methods This course is designed to help anyone teaching or supporting learning in the vocational education and training (VET) sector understand the benefits of blended learning and how to use technology effectively to support learners. Supported by a group of ‘digital champions’, you will connect with teaching and training professionals who understand the practical challenges of using blended learning. You will be aware of the importance of being able to blend digital methods into your teaching. These methods will help your learners become familiar with the digital workplaces they will be joining. Definitions of blended learning. The impact of digital technology on teachers and learners. Pedagogical theories and teaching approaches that underpin blended learning, including constructivism, social constructivism, and problem-based learning. Digital technologies available to support blended learning in formal and informal learning scenarios. The role of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and how to use them effectively for blended learning. The role of open tools in blended learning. Open educational resources (OERs): what they are, how they can be used, and where to find them. Processes for blended learning design, including curriculum and instructional design. The role of the DADDIE model in planning and evaluating blended learning. Story-telling and story-boarding techniques for developing digital learning. The role of assessment in the curriculum design process. Different approaches for using technology to support assessment and feedback. The benefits and challenges of ‘flipped’ learning. Approaches to designing a flipped lesson. Collaboration in blended learning, including the use of discussion forums, synchronous collaboration, and social media. How to design and review a blended learning activity. The digital skills learners need to equip them for the modern workplace, and how learners can be supported in developing these skills. The importance of inclusive teaching practices. The value of making education and training more accessible for learners. The demand for flexible learning, and the role of digital technology in making teaching and learning more flexible. […]

  • How to spell plurals

    LESSON: 10min Interactive online module Includes 3 different spelling quizzes. This unit is designed to help you spot when and how to change a word to indicate it is a plural and not a singular. […]

  • Bias

    VIDEO: 8 minute animated video Bias is present in many types of writing. This video looks at ways of spotting biased viewpoints in a document. […]

We help

We are part of Bristol City Council’s Employment Skills and Learning Team and learners who are returning to work benefit from the support the team provides.

Wide offer

We are lucky to have a fantastic team of tutors who deliver a wide range of courses from first aid to community arts, family learning to employability courses, and English, maths and IT. Many of our tutors work for us as they want to give something back to the community

Across Bristol

We set up courses where our learners are and work from many venues across the city.

COMMUNITY LEARNING NEWS

  • Blended learning
    by James on October 30, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Another great free course from Futurelearn. This time a great opportunity for our tutors to take on a 5 week course on […]

  • How to spell plurals
    by James on October 26, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    LESSON: 10min Interactive online module Includes 3 different spelling quizzes. This unit is designed to help you […]

  • Bias
    by James on October 26, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    VIDEO: 8 minute animated video Bias is present in many types of writing. This video looks at ways of spotting biased […]

CONTACT

For further information about Community Learning, please contact Elke Hein (Community Learning Manager):

lctinfo@bristol.gov.uk

0117 903 9750

Facebook: Bristol community Learning

LINKS

The Latest Community Learning courses in Bristol can be found at http://communitylearningwest.net/