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About Idea Store Learning

Idea Store Learning is the Adult and Community Learning service for Tower Hamlets Council and we are committed to ensuring that learning opportunities are continuing to be delivered. The Idea Stores and the Shadwell centre are closed to the public until further notice, but we are endeavouring to deliver ongoing programmes with new arrangements.

We are delivering our courses remotely using a range of methods including virtual classes, pre-recorded content and uploading of work to online platforms. We are staying in regular contact with our learners via phone and email. 

If you are a current learner and have questions about your course, please email  with your name, course title and/or number and the name of your tutor, so that we can help you.

If you enrolled on a course which was due to start this term and would like to apply for a refund, please complete the Request for Reimbursement of Tuition Fees form If you are unsure which course you enrolled on, you can check our 2019/20 Course Guide. [PDF 4.7Mb]

If you are interested in enrolling on an Idea Store Learning course in the future, please keep checking this page for updates. You can find out more about the courses we teach by visiting our curriculum pages.

Whilst you wait for our classes to reopen, there are lots of other ways to continue your learning. Here are just a few examples:

Idea Store Conversation Club
Is English your second language and you want to practise speaking it with others? Then join our weekly Conversation Club. Just download the Zoom App and join us every Wednesday from 11am-12noon. Email  before 10am that morning and we will send you a Zoom login code.

Idea Online Courses A range of courses accessible for free to Idea Store members.

The Skills Toolkit  – Free digital and numeracy courses to build your skills

Open Learn  – Free learning from the Open University    

FutureLearn – Partnered with international universities and specialist organisations to offer online courses and degrees