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  • Evening Enrolment

    In addition to our advertised centre opening times, Brockley Rise and Granville Park will be open until 8:30pm for enrolments on the following dates:

    Date  Centre Time
    Tuesday 26 August Brockley Rise Centre 9am-8:30pm
    Wednesday 27 August Brockley Rise Centre 9am-8:30pm
    Thursday 28 August Granville Park Centre 9am-8:30pm
    Tuesday 2 September Granville Park Centre 9am-8:30pm
    Wednesday 3 September Granville Park Centre 9am-8:30pm
    Thursday 4 September Brockley Rise Centre 9am-8:30pm
    Tuesday 9 September Brockley Rise Centre 9am-8:30pm
    Wednesday 10 September Granville Park Centre 9am-8:30pm



  • Glass work exhibition Inspired by the collection of weird and wonderful artefacts and award winning gardens at the Horniman Museum

    An exhibition of glasswork designed and created by learners attending courses at Brent Adult Education, Community Education Lewisham, and Merton Adult Education is on display at the Brockley Rise Centre, 2 Brockley Rise, SE23 1PR.  Vote for your  favourite piece of work, the overall winner will recieve a prize.

    You can view the work at the Brockley Rise Centre this summer by appointment only (NOT open on Sunday’s). Contact maria.turner@lewisham.gov.uk to book an appointment.

    Frogs by Jan Hollidge


  • ENROLMENT 2014-15

    Our course information for September 2014 to July 2015 will be available online at www.cel.lewisham.gov.uk from Thursday 19th June 2014.

    You can access online information via PC’s in our cafes and ipads at CEL centre receptions and by using the free computers at Lewisham libraries. If you need help to view the information staff will be very happy to assist you 

    Enrolment for courses running from September 2014 onwards starts on Saturday 28th June.

    Granville Park and Brockley Rise Centres will be open from 9.00 a.m-2.00 p.m.

    All centres will then be open for enrolment from  Monday 30th June at 9.00 a.m.  

  • Briefing on the Relocation of the Grove Park Centre to Baring Road

    I just wanted to update you all with progress so far on our move.  Refurbishment works are nearly finished on the lower ground and first floor with works well underway on the ground floor now that its unoccupied. All will be completed in time for our move and the start of the new teaching year.

    Staff are beginning to plan the packing of resources located at Pragnell Road ready for moving at the end of July, with boxes coming onto that site in the coming few weeks.

    Grove Park, Pragnell Road, will close down to visitors from the 22nd July, after the last classes finish and reopen at the start of the next academic year, 15th September at Baring Road.

    Both the Brockley Rise Centre and Granville Park will remain open over this period to allow for enrolments and Pre Course Assessments.

    There are lots of other works happening at our centres over the summer so please bear with us during this time.  I am confident that come September you will be pleased with the changes and I look forward to welcoming you back at the start of the next academic year.

     Lisa Potter

    Support Services Manager

    1st July 2014


  • Learner Voices

    These videos are an account of the journey that some of our learners have undertaken as a result of joining CEL.  We hope it inspires you to start your own journey and thank them  for sharing their experience with us.




  • Learners at Community Education who never usually read for pleasure have been enthused about reading after being part of the national initiative, Six Book Challenge.

    The Six Book Challenge is a project run by The Reading Agency encouraging less confident readers to develop a reading habit and improve their skills at the same time. Participants are invited to pick six books of their choice, complete a reading diary and share their opinions and experiences of reading. Over 30,000 people take part each year through libraries, colleges, adult education and workplaces.


    Lewisham Librarian Ralph Winkler worked with Community Education Lewisham tutor, Peter Rowley to set up a reading group with his English literacy class. All the participants completed the Challenge, learners speak now of their enjoyment of reading and pleasure at sharing books with each other.

    Arthur ‘ I was surprised to find that I could read because I never read before. I enjoy reading war stories and enjoyed Andy Mc Nab’s book. I am more likely to continue reading now because of the class’.

    Tarsha: ‘ I used the library before but since the reading group started I have been using it more. I will definitely continue reading in the future so that I can build my vocabulary’.

    Ochuko: ‘I enjoyed reading as part of a group. I have to concentrate on understanding the books because we discuss the books afterwards. Both Peter and Ralph have encouraged us a lot’.

    Frances: ‘I didn’t read before. I started reading when the group started. My favourite book was The Dare by John Boyne. The librarian encouraged us to read and also showed us some information. I will continue reading after the course has finished’.

    Well done to everyone who completed the challenge!  If you would like to find out how you can get involved in the challenge talk to your English tutor or visit http://sixbookchallenge.org.uk.

    If you would like to improve your English courses are available in September. Call 0208 314 3300 to book a pre-course assessment, or speak to a member of the reception staff.


  • Important Information
    24+ Advanced Learning Loans

    If you are studying a Level 3 Teaching Assistant course then you may be eligible for the 24+ Adult Learning Loan to help you fund your course.

    Please speak to one of our staff at reception for further information regarding this fund.

    More Information is available via the National

    Thank you to all who contributed to the learner forums in June.

    Notes from the meeting are available via this link

    Helen Hammond

    Head of Service




    ‘Don’t let numbers hold you back – join the national numeracy challenge today!’ Chris Humphries CBE, Chairman, National Numeracy


    Are you the type of person that says ‘I can’t do maths’? Well, why not try the National Numeracy Challenge and start saying ‘I can do maths’.

    Improving your everyday maths can help you make your money go further, choose the best energy deals, plan journeys,  check your wage slips, and help with homework.

    Lots of people have bad memories of maths at school and often people think that they can’t do it. The National Numeracy Challenge offers a friendly, interactive website designed to help you assess your everyday maths and improve skills in bite-sized steps – building confidence all the way.

    Take the challenge today via the links below - you might surprise yourself!



    Access code: CELL1

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    Access code: CELS1


    If you feel you need to brush up your skills, CEL offers free qualification courses in Maths to support you in the future. Courses are designed at different levels to suit your needs.

    To enroll you will need to book a pre-course assessment interview. Your skills level will be assessed and you will be placed on an appropriate course at a convenient centre.  Book a place by phoning 0208 314 3300 or by visiting a centre in person.




  • For all tutors

    Tutor vacancies for the 14-15 programme are now available via this link.

    The list will be updated so please do check back regularly.

    12 May 2014


  • Briefing for Brockley Rise Centre Users

    Further to my last update, I can confirm that additional works have been approved by the London Borough of Lewisham to the external structure of the site.

    Some windows, the flat roofs, guttering and down pipes will either be repaired or replaced.  These works necessitate further scaffolding to be erected to the rear of the building and this will begin on the 29th April 2014.

    This necessitates that parking on this site will be restricted to disabled users only from 29th April 2014 until the works are completed and the scaffolding removed.  A schedule of works has been agreed which will allow the centre to operate as normal with minimal disruption.

    It is also likely that traditional evacuation routes may be compromised.  It is therefore vital that you familiarise yourself with the layout of the fencing and the pedestrian walk ways when you attend this site.

    These instructions are subject to change so please ensure you look out for any further updates on our website and iCEL as well as on display at the centre.

    Thank you for your co operation whilst these works are completed.

    Lisa Potter

    Support Services Manager

    24th April 2014




  • CEL's Recycling intiative

    Over the past year CEL has increased its recycling provision across all centres significantly. As part of CELs commitment to increase our recycling all general classroom bins have been replaced with recycle bins. CEL will also be removing all office desk side waste bins replacing them with appropriate desk recycling trays and single waste and recycling points to encourage staff to recycle.

    Click here for full briefing document.



  • Safeguarding Policy and Documentation

    The Community Education Lewisham Safeguarding Policy is available via the link here. As well as clearly setting out procedures for safeguarding it also lists CELs nominated staff should you need to report a concern.


  • The Benefits of Further Education

    The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has just published a review of research into the benefits of further education and training.  In addition to examining existing research they also surveyed 4000 adults who were undertaking further learning.  For more information and to see some of the work being carried out at CEL please click here


  • Adult Careers Advice

    There is now a central resource to help you decide what your next course or move might be

    The links below take you to Adult Careers Advice site where you can access further guidance.

    National Careers Service Home Page. 

    A  service available through National Careers Service is the Lifelong Learning Account. This is a free personalised online account for adults aged 19 or over that provides clear information and advice on skills, careers and financial support in a single easily accessible location. Alternatively you can call 0800 100 900.

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