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Online payments: essential information

Posted on: 14 March 2016

Pixabay keyboardIf you are claiming a discount on one of our courses or making a payment that is less than 100% of the full cost of the course, due to technical issues this service is currently not available through our online payment system.

Instead, please phone or visit one of our centres with your course information to hand, and our team there will be able to apply the discount and take payment for your course.

We are working to resolve the problem as soon as possible. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Watch this space for our new Autumn term courses!

Posted on: 17 July 2017

The Summer term is drawing to a close, but we’ll soon have our exciting new Autumn term courses up! Watch this space for more information…

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Be inspired: courses starting 17 to 28 July

Posted on: 5 July 2017

Make the most of the long summer days by taking up a new skill or picking up an old hobby again!

We have a great variety of workshops and courses starting soon across the county, including photography, yoga, ESOL, and ICT.

Read on for courses starting between 17 and 28 July. Use our online course search to find more courses in your area.

It’s important to enrol at least one week before your course starts. Our courses do not generally run over half term – please check individual course details with your local centre.

See a course you’d like to do but it’s not in your area? Contact us and we’ll see what we can do.


Stained glass – try it out, Burrington, Tuesday 18 July 6.30-8.30pm

Photography – try it out, Bideford, Thursday 20 July 6.30-8.30pm


Hatha Yoga, Newton Abbot, Monday 17 July 10-11am

Meditation and relaxation, Newton Abbot, Monday 17 July 11.15am-12.15pm

Summer photography matters, Newton Abbot, Mondays 17 July to 21 August 10am-12.30pm

Get to know your Apple iPad, Newton Abbot, Monday 17 July 10am-12noon

Get to know your Android tablet, Newton Abbot, Monday 17 July 1-3pm

Try out filming matters, Newton Abbot, Monday 17 July 10am-12noon

Creative writing workshop: Pop up poetry, Totnes, Tuesday 18 July 10am-12.30pm

Find out about ESOL: English for speakers of other languages, Newton Abbot, Tuesday 18 July 6.30-8.30pm

Try out Italian, Newton Abbot, Tuesday 18 July 7-9pm

Try out my town matters, Newton Abbot, Tuesday 18 July 10am-12noon

Creative writing: A chance encounter, Newton Abbot, Wednesday 19 July 10am-12noon

Textiles workshop: Applique, Totnes, Wednesday 19 July 1-3pm

Relief clay modelling – celtic knot work, Totnes, Friday 21 July 9.30am-12.30pm

Try out acrylics, Newton Abbot, Friday 21 July 10am-12noon

Try out drawing and painting with inks, Totnes, Monday 24 July 10am-12noon

Hatha Yoga, Teignmouth, Monday 24 July 10-11am

Meditation and relaxation, Teignmouth, Monday 24 July 11.15am-12.15pm

iPad and iPhone photography, Newton Abbot, Monday 24 July 1-3pm

Try out weaving matters, Newton Abbot, Monday 24 July 1.30-3.30pm

Try out English and maths matter, Newton Abbot, Monday 24 July 7-9pm

Textiles workshop: Feltmaking, Totnes, Monday 24 July 6.45-8.45pm

Try out painting a masterpiece, Newton Abbot, Tuesday 25 July 2-4pm

Try out instant drama matters, Newton Abbot, Wednesday 26 July 1-3pm


Capture a woodland walk in poem matters, Okehampton, Monday 17 July 10.30am-12.30pm

Introduction to mosaic, Okehampton, Wednesday 19 July 1-3pm

Summer Jam Session, Tavistock, Tuesday 25 July 6-9pm

Tales around the campfire, Tavistock, Tuesday 25 July 6-9pm

Cream tea and English (ESOL: try it out), Tavistock, Wednesday 26 July 10am-3pm

Walks with words, Tavistock, Wednesday 26 July 10am-2.30pm

Discover mindfulness, Holsworthy, Wednesday 26 July 10am-12noon

Electronics and programming taster, Tavistock, Thursday 27 July 1.30-3.30pm

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Maths and English information events

Posted on: 13 June 2017

Are you thinking about joining one of our English or maths courses?

Our Totnes and Newton Abbot centres are running events during the summer where you can get information about our courses and start your learning journey with us.


At the events you will be able to:

  • Enjoy a presentation from our maths and English tutors about learning with us
  • Talk to our tutors and other staff and ask them any questions you have
  • Have a skills check so we can ensure you join the right course
  • Take away a pack containing information about the courses and learning with us.

The events will be at:

The Passmore Edwards Centre, Newton Abbot

Tuesday 20 June
Thursday 27 July
Tuesday 22 August

The Mansion, Totnes

Monday 26 June
Wednesday 26 July
Monday 21 August

You may come to any session. Sessions start at approximately 2pm, 3.30pm, 5pm and 6.30pm.

Contact our centres in Newton Abbot or Totnes for more information.




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“At Learn Devon my life and confidence have improved”

Posted on: 19 May 2017

Two learners from courses at The Kennaway Centre in Exmouth write about how their learning has improved their lives…


My reason for learning

I started going to English classes because when I left school back in 1983 I left with very low pass marks. In the subjects I took, which were maths, art and English, I only got CSE passes.

New people

When you go to Learn Devon at the Kennaway Centre you get to meet different people with different learning problems and different reasons for wanting to learn English.

I found being older makes it much easier than when I went to school. Then, the teachers had no discipline and most of the pupils disrupted the class and nothing was ever done about it.


At Learn Devon you’re given a fair chance to be able to obtain skills for life. I started learning English with a tutor called Sim. I learnt comprehension and punctuation. I managed to pass entry level 3. Now I am in Fiona’s class and I am working towards a huge leap in comparison to where I started.

Quotes from the class

Matthew, a member of the group, said: “When I come to class I feel everyone’s happy and it’s good doing English as it makes you use your brain!”

Kim, the learning support worker, said: “It is a joy to come to the English class as I enjoy helping people improve their writing as it is a skill for life.”

In a class of its own

I never used to enjoy schooling as I felt I wasn’t getting anywhere. At least at Learn Devon my life and confidence have improved as now I write letters and I can fill in forms which used to be a problem. All of my improvements have been noticed by my parents who used to worry because I have always struggled.


Learning with a reason

My name is Matt, I attend the Kennaway Centre twice a week. I started off doing my level one English and maths. With the help of my teachers I have passed both English and maths.

My achievements

Soon after I passed my level one English and maths, I moved on to start my level two. After I pass my level two English and maths I will start a course at college.

My English group

In my English group we are always busy doing articles or other amazing tasks. I like it that every time I walk into my English class, everyone is happy, chirpy and always eager to start the tasks the tutor Fiona has planned.

I have asked Fiona what she likes about our English group and she commented: “I love it that every character is different and the group is supportive to each other. They work well together as a team and as a class.”

Why should I join the Kennaway?

The Kennaway helped me up my grades when the college would not accept me because my grades were too low. One of my friends said: “When I first started at the Kennaway I had little skills but since joining I have achieved skills in writing letters and other basic skills and now I can write a formal letter with confidence.”

This could be you!

You could be in the same situation as most people here at the Kennaway, but everyone is here to learn and achieve skills they might not have learnt before. Your life could change here at the Kennaway and you could achieve the same skills as others have in the past.

So don’t hesitate, come and sign up now.


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Free workshops – something for everyone!

Posted on: 9 May 2017

Enjoy free workshops this summer!

We are running a series of free workshops across Devon until the end of July.

There will be workshops in every subject from arts and crafts, to languages, maths, English and wellbeing. There will also be workshops for families.

They are all free to join, and there’s no limit on the number of workshops you can enrol on.

Don’t miss out! Search for workshops and enrol using our online course search tool, or contact your local Learn Devon centre. We recommend enrolling early to ensure you get a place on the workshops you want.

Workshops will be added over the coming weeks, so keep checking back.

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Enjoy our special events to celebrate your learning!

Posted on: 5 May 2017

Have you been on one of our courses this academic year? Join us at one of our Learner Celebration events this July to celebrate your learning!

You’ll be able to enjoy a presentation of awards to learners nominated by our tutors for their outstanding progress or achievements, as well as an exhibition of learners’ work and light refreshments.

The Celebrations will be evening events in:

  • Totnes on Tuesday 18 July at Totnes  Library
  • Exmouth on Tuesday 25 July at The Kennaway Centre
  • Tavistock on Wednesday 26 July at The Alexander Centre
  • Bideford on Thursday 27 July at Burton Art Gallery

Contact your local Learn Devon centre to register your interest in attending. There are limited places available, and we will confirm your place in June.

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We maintain our ‘Good’ Ofsted rating

Posted on: 3 April 2017

We are celebrating after maintaining our Good rating from Ofsted, following an inspection on 28 February and 1 March.

Over the two days, HM inspectors met with managers, tutors and other staff, visited lessons, talked to learners and reviewed key information such as evidence of safeguarding and reports on learners’ satisfaction with their courses.

In his report, HM Inspector Steven Tucker praised our “clear focus on improving the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people in Devon.”

He continued: “Inspectors found that teachers deliver courses that improve people’s literacy and mathematical skills, improve their chances of progressing into employment and contribute to improvements in health and well-being.

“Managers evaluate new initiatives well and take bold steps to find ways of using education and training to improve people’s lives.

“Most learners on English and mathematics courses make good progress and develop a range of skills that improve their lives. Learners who are studying or planning to get a new job reported how the English courses have developed their writing skills. Several employed learners, who had previously been unable to complete forms or record their work, explained how they can now fill in the forms their employers require.”

This inspection was the first one carried out since we were judged to be good in April 2013.

Following publication of the report, Learn Devon’s Operations Manager Nicholas Child said:

“We’re delighted by Ofsted’s report, which highlights the many ways our courses help improve the lives of people in Devon. It is confirmation of the excellent and innovative work staff and delivery partners carry out to support learners in achieving their goals. We look forward to continuing to develop the service to further benefit individuals and communities across the county.”

You can read the full inspection report on the Ofsted website.

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Barber from Learn Devon-funded trainee scheme is ‘shining example’

Posted on: 1 March 2017

Deaf barber Joel, who has graduated from a Learn Devon-funded trainee scheme at Hair@Academy in Exeter, has been hailed a ‘shining example’ to other deaf young people for his mentoring of budding deaf hairdressers.

Read the full story on the Exeter Deaf Academy website. Please note, Learn Devon is not responsible for the content on external websites.

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“I am enjoying my time working in an office”

Posted on: 17 January 2017

Exmouth-based Apprentice Paige Dempster tells us what she’s learned in her first few months with Learn Devon…

Sitting on the front desk in reception of The Kennaway Centre, I’ve gained so much experience.

I’ve quickly got the hang of daily duties, from enrolling learners to producing posters to promote new courses.

I have learned how to use software to process our learner’s information, deal with payments and prepare course folders for new courses starting.

I also recently had the opportunity to redesign the spring 2017 courses guide that we give to the public to inform them of our courses.

My daily responsibilities include answering the phone to customers and partners we work with, providing tutors with paperwork they may need for their learners and running reports to show our current courses.

I have loved learning on the job so far. As I am completing a Customer Service NVQ, I have been able to interact with customers face to face and quickly get an understanding of how we work and what sorts of things are expected of us.

I would like to give a big thank you to the rest of the team and my line manager in reception for guiding me through my first few months. I feel like I have gained a lot of confidence and am enjoying my time working in an office. I am sure I can only progress further.

Interested in apprenticeships?

Read more blog posts from our apprentices.

Find out more about apprenticeships with Learn Devon.


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Have your say in our Learner Survey

Posted on: 22 December 2016

have-your-sayHave you been on a Learn Devon course? Please take a few minutes to give us your feedback about your learning experience in our survey.

Your answers will be very helpful to us as we continually look to improve the service.

Start the survey

The survey will remain open – you can fill it in whenever you like, and as many times as you like, throughout the academic year. Many thanks for taking the time.

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