Provision for 16 to 25 year olds who have a learning difficulty and/or disability


Our Further Education offer helps young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities succeed and progress. Courses include:


Independent living


  • Employability skills and work placements
  • English, maths and digital skills
  • Learning for work and higher-level study- travel and tourism, art and design, customer service, adult care, sports development, hospitality and catering, science and technology
  • Learning for fun- Let's Make, Let’s Bake, Let’s Experiment (science), Let’s Explore (Humanities and Geography), Let’s Move (sport, drama and dance), Let’s Relax (meditation and healthy mind)


We can offer:


  • Experienced, qualified, professional teaching
  • Inclusive, supportive, and safe environment
  • Fully supportive transition from school or college
  • Enrichment activities, including film nights and social clubs
  • Preparation for the next stage, whether that is work, independent living, or further learning


“learningSkills is a fantastic learning facility, with great staff. It has operated beyond expectations during the pandemic to help it’s students” Trevor- dad of Mathew


For more information, call Mel Crosby, Curriculum Manager, on 0191 433 8704 or email melaniecrosby@gateshead.gov.uk

Provision for adults who have a learning difficulty and/or disability


Our Further Education offer helps adults over the age of 25 with learning difficulties and/or disabilities enjoy a range of educational and leisure courses. These include:


  • Independent living
  • Learning for work and higher-level study- travel and tourism, art and design, customer service, adult care, sports development, hospitality and catering, science and technology
  • Learning for fun- Let's Make, Let’s Bake, Let’s Experiment (science), Let’s Explore (Humanities and Geography), Let’s Move (sport, drama and dance), Let’s Relax (meditation and healthy mind)


We can offer:


  • Experienced, qualified, professional teaching
  • Inclusive, supportive, and safe environment
  • Enrichment activities, including film nights and social clubs


“Gateshead Council learning skills provide a safe and stimulating environment, providing my daughter with the opportunity to reach her full potential”- Carol, mum of Fran


For more information, call Helen on 07954 675 782 or Joanne on 07722 156 516 or email helenmccarroll@gateshead.gov.uk or joannemcguinness@gateshead.gov.uk