evening class

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Traditionally, a lesson, or course of lessons, in the post‐compulsory sector, conducted after 5 p.m., and sometimes associated with leisure or cultural activities, such as yoga, holiday Spanish, local history, or the study of literature. Such classes are aimed primarily at adults, and are often held in colleges of further education or on school premises. Although at one time subsidized by local authorities, students are now required to pay the full cost of fees for attending such non‐vocational provision. As a result, evening classes are currently declining in number, and are recruiting a narrower demographic, largely confined to those who can afford the increased fees. Vocationally related courses which are scheduled for evenings are usually run at this time because they are aimed at adult learners in employment who cannot attend during standard 9–5 working hours. The vocational content of such courses makes them eligible for funding, usually through the local Learning and Skills Council. See also adult education; Workers' Educational Association.

Subjects: Education.

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