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Come along to our Summer Craft Fair at Heaton Centre on Saturday 25 June from 1 - 4pm. There will be paper craft and jewellery stalls, art and craft exhibitions and you can find out more about our adult learning courses. 


Everyone is welcome. We hope to see you there at Heaton Centre, Trewhitt Road, NE6 5DY. To find out more call 0191 278 2818.

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Do you have an interest in the provision of educational opportunities for the residents of the city of Newcastle Upon Tyne? Then come and join our Advisory Board at Newcastle City Learning. Have your say. Or just learn more about how NCL operates and supports our local community.

We are currently looking for new Advisory Board members who are genuinely interested in shaping the offer we provide for both young and old within the city at this crucial time. How should NCL be looking to adapt and move their offer forward to meet the needs of local residents and employers? Can you offer both support and challenge to us as an organisation? This is the role specification. This is a voluntary role, but one where you can make a significant difference to your local area.


We are also looking for Staff and Student Advisory Board members.


Contact to apply.

Please complete our short Feedback Survey

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Nothing in the brochure of interest for you? How can Newcastle City Learning support you? We want to know from you, what you would like to see in our course offer moving forward. Are there any topics we are not covering at the moment, which you would like to see on the timetable?


Fill in our short survey to let us know how we can meet your needs 


Thank you for your help.

A new, free course for Newcastle residents

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Need a master plan? Discover your future. This course is a series of workshops designed to help you connect with your potential. Whether you’ve been out of work for a while, or are new to the area, we can help you find your roots in Newcastle so you can branch out.


The course includes:

• Work out where you want to be going in your life and career

• Opportunities for work placements

• Meet new people and get out and about in your community

• Volunteering and start your own business advice

• Creative workshops including jewellery making and beauty products


Where: Westgate College, West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 9LU.

When: A 4-week course on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9.30am – 4.30pm. Start date 13 June 


To enrol contact or call 0191 278 2818

We can also provide free transport, creche and IT equipment.

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It's here! Our new brochure is out today, so get online and sign up to a course for the upcoming term.

There are loads of concessions available, some courses are completely free, and there is a wide range of subjects and venues to choose from.

Read our new Brochure now and enrol on a course 

Need some assistance? Our friendly and experienced staff are on hand to help on 0191 2773520 or 0191 2782818 from 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

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Attention, community groups and services! Are you looking to re-grow participation in community focused activities? If you are looking to engage community groups online or on a face-to-face basis, we can offer you a range of bespoke short courses, including:

• arts, including painting, drawing
• textiles and crafts
• modern foreign languages
• photography
• yoga
• and more!

Contact Donna Stokes, Curriculum Quality Lead for Community Learning at for more information.

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We are happy to present our current Self-Assessment Report (pdf, 1.1MB) which has now been finalised, and is also available on our Policies and Key Documents webpage.  This follows our most recent successful Ofsted visit and subsequent report, but is a fuller assessment of where the service is today in terms of the quality of education we provide for our learners.


We are really pleased to have produced such fantastic results in such difficult circumstances. Now the hard work starts in protecting that position, now that we are coming out of the difficulties faced over the past two years. We have of course also set out in this document our ambitions to move to become an outstanding provider.


If you have any questions about the report or would like it in a more accessible format, please contact 

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If you are aged 19+ and do not have a GCSE in maths at grade 4 (or equivalent), you can study and take a range of qualifications for free. These courses will help you gain the numeracy skills you need for work and everyday life and are recognised by employers.


Entry level courses are available for complete beginners or those with low numeracy skills.


Courses at level 1 and level 2 (equivalent to GCSE) are available for those with some previous numeracy knowledge.


Call us to find out more on 0191 2782818 or 0191 2773520.

A Good Provider

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We have great news to share with you. We were recently inspected by Ofsted and our report has now been published.


Newcastle City Learning are judged as good across all Provision Types and Key Judgements, as well as overall effectiveness.


Our Ofsted report recognises the diversity of our provision and the work we do to support many of the marginalised groups within the city. It recognises our good provision not only for adult community learners but also young people (learners aged 16-19), 19+ learners with learning difficulties and disabilities, apprentices and the expansion of vocational training to help residents move closer to the jobs’ market. It was also so pleasing to see our very important work within ESOL provision being praised and recognised.


Here are just a few of the sentences from the report:

'Learners of all ages thrive in a learning culture that celebrates diversity.'

'Across NCL’s different types of provision, managers and teachers design and teach effective programmes that enable learners to acquire the skills and knowledge that they need to progress in education, find employment and lead more independent lives.'

'Learners and apprentices develop substantial new knowledge and skills while on programmes.'


Read the report in full. Our thanks to all of our staff, learners and stakeholders who have all played a part in this fantastic result for our Service and the residents we serve.