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Response to GTCS’s draft Professional Standards and Code

GTC Scotland invited views from anyone with an interest in education on a refreshed set of Professional Standards for teachers as well as a new Professional Code for teachers.

The Professional Standards and Professional Code are integral to the working lives of teachers. These documents guide teachers through their careers, ensuring high standards and encouraging professional learning in order to continually update and develop skills
The Professional Standards have been refreshed and the Code revised to reflect the changing educational landscape and the needs of teachers and, importantly, children and young people.
The consultation opened on 30 September 2019 and closed 20 December 2019.

See further details on the GTC website

THE CLD provided comments in response as follows: –

The GTC will publish their response in April 2020.

Read “A New Approach for Adult Learning”

The latest thinking on adult learning looking forward to the development of a new national strategy from Richard Lochhead, Mhairi Harrington OBE and our own Dr Marion Allison.

Read at – https://www.cdn.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Reach-2020-FINAL-compressed.pdf

Article in Reach the College Development Network magazine

LAST FEW DAYS !

There is still time to get your adult learners to contribute to the development of the National Strategy by completing the Adult Learning Survey https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/AdultLearningSurvey2019/

December newsletter

Welcome to the December newsletter!

Now in our 11th year, the CLD Standards Council continues to go from strength to strength.  Our partnerships with organisations such as Education Scotland, COSLA, TES, ACOSVO and SCURL are strengthening our Membership Offer and our numbers are steadily growing.  We now have a public register meaning that anyone can enquire by name to check the registration status and region of our 2500 practitioners.  We are delighted to hear from our international partners that our public register is the first of its kind and hope that we inspire many other countries to follow suit.  We have more than 5000 Twitter followers across our accounts and between launching “Working with Scotland’s Communities”, welcoming our new Chair, Mr Alan Sherry at our Annual Members’ Conference in March, it has been a busy year.  This work, together with on-going Approvals, Registration and Professional Learning activities would not be possible without the dedication and support of our members and I would like to thank you all for your continued contributions.

So, here’s to a well-earned rest over the Christmas holidays and here’s to the coming of age of CLD in the new decade ahead.

Best wishes

Marion

CLD Standards Council Conference – Save the date: Edinburgh 25 March

The CLD Standards Council 2020 conference will be on the theme of CLD – Values in Action. Registration will open soon – the last conference was heavily over-subscribed, so keep an eye on your inbox. As an added bonus, the CLDSC annual lecture on the theme of Theory in Action, will be on the evening of 24th March.

Public Register of members

The register of members of the CLD Standards Council is now public.  Any interested person can now enquire online by name to find the membership status and geographical region the member predominantly works in.
The online enquiry function can be found on i-develop –
http://www.i-develop-cld.org.uk/blocks/membersearch/index.php
See full information on the website.

CLDSC Members’ benefit – access to university libraries

The CLD Standards Council and the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL) are delighted to have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding to support CLD professional learning and promote inclusive access to lifelong learning.
For details of free access to university and research libraries now available for members of the CLD Standards Council, go to  http://cldstandardscouncil.org.uk/memorandum-of-understanding-with-scurl/

Registration renewal

Requests for members to renew their registration are being rolled out. Please don’t worry if you have not received your request yet – we have quite a backlog to get through – back to registrations in 2013 – so it may take us a few months to get through all outstanding renewals.
Please do make sure you keep us up to date with your contact details so we can reach you for renewal.
Also if you have any colleagues who are members but have not been getting updates from us please encourage them to make sure we have up to date contact information.
Please email any queries to contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk or phone 0131 244 3444.

Last chance to respond to 2 national surveys!

Adult Learning Survey
The Adult Learning Survey, which is being conducted by the Scottish Government in partnership with Education Scotland and the CLD Standards Council, will be open until the 17th January.
It is designed to capture the views of all adult learners and in particular those who have faced barriers whilst trying to access and progress through learning. Information from the survey will be used to develop the Adult Learning Strategy for Scotland.
Please highlight this survey to adult learners to help build the future strategy to meet their needs.
https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/AdultLearningSurvey2019/

Survey on the Future of Youth Work in Scotland –
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NationalYouthWorkStrategy2020-2025SurveyforYoungPeople
A survey by young people for young people to help to shape a renewed National Youth Work Strategy.

Survey closes on 24 December.

Why Employers need professional CLD practitioners!

The CLD Standards Council continually promotes the essential role of professional CLD practitioners, and this is all the more important as resources get ever-scarcer.
The Why Employers need professional CLD practitioners paper sets out the ways in which professional CLD practitioners are not just valuable but indispensable.
The paper and further information are available on the  website.

Sponsorship of the Youth Work Awards!

The CLD Standards Council is delighted to once again sponsor the National Youth Work Award for Team of the Year. Nominations are now closed and we look forward to the awards ceremony in March 2020.

Scottish Education Research Association (SERA) Conference!

The CLDSC raised the profile of CLD at the SERA conference held in November, with Marion Allison presenting on the role of social capital practices in professional learning, and Colin Ross, together with John Galt of Education Scotland and Shannon Anderson of Rocket Science UK, presenting on the issues raised by the Working with Scotland’s Communities research.

Consultation on Replacement of European Structural Funds!

Scotland receives over £780 million of funding through the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund under the current 2014-2020 programmes. The Scottish Government is consulting on a replacement funding vehicle.
Major elements of the European Structural Funds’ objectives align closely with the role of CLD. Can the potential replacement programme be designed to meet the needs of, and create opportunities for, communities, more effectively by utilising CLD?
The consultation paper is available at https://www.gov.scot/publications/replacement-european-structural-funds-scotland-post-eu-exit/pages/1/. The closing date for responses is 12 February 2020.
Please share your thoughts and comments, including any experience you have of using or engaging with the European Structural Funds, to inform the CLD Standards Council’s response by emailing us a contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk, and encourage your CLD colleagues and partners to feed in their views.

CLD Standards Council members go to Dundee and meet the world!

picture of teh WCDC COnference bagAnthony Beekman, Theresa Marsili, and Evelyn Scanlan (who work for Falkirk, Stirling and Angus Councils) were among members who benefited from passes, which the CLDSC offered to each CLD Professional Learning Network area, to attend the World Community Development Conference, held in Dundee in June.

They were impressed with a “particularly inspiring workshop on community development from the perspective of indigenous people combating the legacy of colonialism” and the “similarities of work done in other countries and how we are all tackling similar problems”; and commented that in the current “trying times” it was “excellent; eye opening, mind broadening, inspiring and engaging”, with “such a friendly and captivating atmosphere,” “a truly world conference with perspectives on community development from people around the globe”.

Screenshot from conference presentation

#BecauseOfCLD

Ever wondered what goes on over in the Twitter-sphere?  Here’s a selection of #BecauseOfCLD tweets from the last few months.  See if you can spot anyone you know!  If you want to find out more, why not follow us @cldstandards

Open University Roadshows
Awards Network
Gift Tech – Giving the Gift of Technology
North Lanarkshire Carers Celebrating Success
Adult Education 100
Happy Birthday Lead Scotland!
Video – See Jamie talk about a life in care and his move to a career in CLD
Life after Graduating in CLD
A history of CLD? There’s a book for that!

We hope you have a very Merry Christmas, and look forward to working with you in the new year.

Best wishes from the CLD Standards Council

Register of members now public

The register of members of the CLD Standards Council is now public.

Any interested member of the public can now enquire online by name to find the membership status and geographical region the member predominantly works in.

The online enquiry function can be found on i-develop –
http://www.i-develop-cld.org.uk/blocks/membersearch/index.php

The change to make the register fully public was voted on by members and conclusively approved.

Making the register public :-

  • Declares that we are an open and proud profession. Happy to be recognised and identify with our member colleagues.
  • It is consistent with regulatory bodies such as GTCS and SSSC
  • It will make it simpler for individuals to provide evidence of membership when applying for jobs.
  • It will make it simpler for employers verifying the membership status of applicants for jobs.

It is a significant step forward for the recognition of CLD and is the first register of CLD practitioners made publicly available in the UK.

If you have any questions please contact us at contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk

Save the 25th March for the CLD Standards Council conference 2020

Save the Date!

CLD Standards Council Annual Members’ Conference
“CLD Values in Action”
Wednesday 25th March 2020
Edinburgh

Save the Date! Next year’s Annual Members’ Conference will be held on Wednesday 25th March 2020, at the John McIntyre Conference Centre in Edinburgh.
Furthermore, due to Member requests,  the CLD Christmas Lecture will now be the conference-eve lecture“CLD Theories in Action” will be presented, at the conference venue, on the evening of Tuesday 24 March 2020.

Book the date(s) in your diary and keep a look out for conference registration opening in the new year.

Remember this is a Members only conference, so if you or a colleague would like to attend but are not members –  register now.

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Memorandum of Understanding with SCURL

Dr Marion Allison and Susan Ashworth with signed agreementThe CLD Standards Council and the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL) are delighted to have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding.

Whilst a number of university and research libraries already support public access, this agreement specifically provides Members of the CLD Standards Council  free access to SCURL member library buildings and collections, and allow loans of up to 5 physical items and on-site use of library e-resources.

Both organisations welcome the opportunity to work in partnership to support CLD professional learning and promote inclusive access to lifelong learning.

You can find the SCURL establishments on their website  https://scurl.ac.uk/who-we-are/scurl-members/

CLD Standards Council Members wishing to take advantage of this access opportunity should contact us to request their new Membership ID Card to use as proof of membership which may be requested at some of the SCURL sites.    The membership cards will being issued on registration renewal and also shortly to new members as they register.

Full detail of the Memorandum: Memorandum 2019

Explaining why employers need professional CLD practitioners…

The CLD Standards Council continually promotes the essential role of professional CLD practitioners, and this is all the more important as resources get ever-scarcer.

We’ve produced a paper that sets out the ways in which professional CLD practitioners are not just valuable but indispensable, and are making this available for members to use in your own context.

The paper outlines how professional CLD practitioners:

  • Bring added value;
  • Undertake approved qualifications;
  • Commit themselves to recognised Values and a Code of Ethics;
  • Are guided by a framework of Competences;
  • Commit themselves to continuing professional learning;
  • Can register as members of a recognised professional body;
  • Have a distinctive role in achieving public policy goals; and
  • Are needed to meet statutory obligations.

Download: Why employers need professional CLD practitioners 2019

Practitioner Spotlight: Stephen Jack

Stephen Jack 2019Our latest #becauseofCLD practitioner spotlight is Stephen Jack from Dumfries and Galloway Council.

For the last 3 years Stephen has been the Strategic CLD lead within Dumfries and Galloway Council for the Statutory Regulations; CLD Plan and CLD related Inspection activity.
Stephen also currently chairs the Dumfries and Galloway CLD Partnership and also the CLD South West Network which involves the three Ayrshire Local Authorities.

https://www.dumgal.gov.uk/article/17424/CLD-Partners-Strategic-Plan

https://www.dumgal.gov.uk/article/17297/Youth-Work

Facebook: Lifelong Learning, Dumfries and Galloway
Twitter: @DgcLearning
@YOUTHWORKDG

What’s your current role/title?

My title is Lifelong Learning Manager.

Day to day, I am directly responsible for the Lifelong Learning Team which covers Adult, Family and Digital Learning. The second part of my roles involves responsibility for the Training and Development of all Council employees.

Where did you begin your #becauseofCLD journey?

After graduating with a Leisure and Sport related Honours Degree, I took up a Sports Development Officer post with the Local Authority. A large part of this role was building capacity within local clubs to help them reach their aspirations. Looking back, it was my first taste of Community Development in action even though at that time, some 20 years ago, I probably didn’t realise that I was already helping to facilitate a CLD approach.

After spending 10 further years in leisure managing facilities, sports development activities and Active Schools, I also had the chance to take on a cultural remit involving Arts and Museums.

Through Council re-organisation back in 2011, I moved into a new post which had a localised remit for all traditional elements of CLD, including a wider Community Planning, Governance and Community Resilience role. It was only through this role that I started to see first-hand and better understand the impact that CLD was having on our most vulnerable people and communities. This inspired me to help champion the cause and to help raise the profile of CLD.

What are the key CLD values and principles that have been your anchor in your various posts and/or roles?

I would say that working collaboratively, in particular, has been a driving force for me in terms of my Strategic responsibilities. Partnership working is not always easy and not always two-way but if you believe that it is the right thing to do then sometimes you just need to take the lead and invest the time and effort to make it happen. In terms of taking forward our CLD Plan, relationship management and maintaining and developing new partnerships has been absolutely critical.

More laterally, the promotion of learning as a lifelong activity has also been a main focus of my current role. This goes for both Council staff and also the communities we serve. There is a wealth of learning resource out there, many of them free and we are trying to better promote these opportunities and develop a learning culture where it is easier for everyone to learn and progress aligned with our partners.

If you had to pick one of the Ethics, which would it be and why?

I think it would be Professional Learning. It is very easy to become stale and not challenge yourself both personally and professionally. If you don’t keep abreast of what is happening nationally and on your own doorstep and actively look to improve yourself and your practice, then you won’t be in the strongest position possible to help support and advise our local groups/organisations and learners.

How do you make time for professional learning and development and who supports you in this?

I was fortunate enough a few years ago to participate in a CLD Leadership programme through Education Scotland. This was so important to me personally for progressing into my current role and gave me renewed enthusiasm to pursue my learning.

I have been a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management for the last few years and have found this very worthwhile in terms of the various self-evaluation activities available on their website and the wealth of other information and webinars covering a whole range of management topics.

With so many conflicting priorities these days, time is always the enemy however we have been trying to instil a culture within the workplace that engaging in professional development opportunities and learning is as important as anything else. I do some research and reading at home when something grabs my attention but some of the best recent learning has been sharing practice with peers as part of our regional network and investing the time in this.

I only recently became a Full Member of the CLD Standards Council after deciding to go down the Individual Recognition Process (IRP). I didn’t have a CLD recognised qualification, but I had years of relevant experience and as a CLD Leader I felt it important to secure Full Membership to help evidence my commitment to the sector. I actually found the process quite rewarding as it made me reflect back on the many roles I have played and to bring forward evidence against the 7 competence areas.

Describe CLD in one word.

At the moment I would have to say “under-valued.” It is quite frightening seeing the scale of cuts to CLD related services over the last few years and this shows no signs of stopping over the coming years. We need to look at our identity and better mobilise collectively at a national level before it is too late!

What is the best thing that has happened this month?

A group of local practitioners from various organisations got together to seek out interest in developing a Community Development Practitioner Network for Dumfries and Galloway. The buzz and debate in the room was fantastic to hear along with the positive input from the Standards Council and Scottish Community Development Network.

If you would like to be in the spotlight – get in touch !

Adult Learning survey now open

The Adult Learning survey from the Scottish Government is now open and we would like your help to encourage adult learners to complete the survey.

The survey is being conducted by the Scottish Government in partnership with Education Scotland and the CLD Standards Council.  The information from the survey will be used to develop the Adult Learning Strategy for Scotland.

We would like to invite Adult learners in Scotland to complete the survey to tell us about where they learn, why they learn, when they learn and how their learning experience could be improved.

The survey is designed to capture the views of all adult learners but we are especially interested in hearing from those who have faced barriers whilst trying to access and progress through learning. We are also very interested in hearing from adults who are uncertain about their learning journey.

Access the Adult Learning survey via the following link: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/AdultLearningSurvey2019/

Please highlight this survey to your adult learners to help build the future strategy to meet their needs.

The survey is estimated to take 10 to 15 minutes to complete and will be open until the end of January 2020.

Survey in alternate languages

The survey is available to complete in document form in alternate languages –

PDF: Adult Learning Survey – Arabic – MSA

PDF: Adult Learning Survey – Bengali

Adult Learning Survey – Bulgarian

Adult Learning Survey – Mandarin

Adult Learning Survey – Romanian

Adult Learning Survey – Urdu

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