Local learning sets the pattern

20th November 1998 at 00:00
ALMOST 500 adults have joined courses at East Lothian's first Centre for Lifelong Learning in Haddington since it opened three months ago, underlining the council's long-held view about the need for local further education provision.

Sarah Anderson, a young Haddington mother, said: "I can drop off my daughter at school and then come up to college and I do not have to think of babysitters. Being local, it's ideal for starting education again. I would have taken more pushing if I had to travel." She left school more than 10 years ago and is aiming for a university place. "I love it. I just wish I had the sense to study when I was at school," she said.

The centre is jointly run by the council and Jewel and Esk college and was officially opened this week. East Lothian has seconded a community education worker and funds the building, while the college provides the bulk of staff. John Lisgo, the college principal, said it had put more than Pounds 100, 000 into the outreach base, going into deficit for the first time. The target is to have 1,000 students.

Alan Blackie, East Lothian's director of education, said the new centre, running courses ranging from guitar playing to IT and Spanish, has not dented existing community education courses. Research had shown a strong demand.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now