Education Governance: Next Steps – CLD Standards Council Position Statement

The Scottish Government published the Education Governance: Next Steps –
Empowering our teachers, parents and communities to deliver excellence and equity for our children  on June 15 2017.

CLD Standards Council Position Statement – 10 August 2017

This Position Statement prepared by the CLD Standards Council will prompt you to consider what the Next Steps proposals could mean for you and your practice.

Download: CLD Standards Council Position Statement

It is essential that the CLD profession engages in the process of consultation to realise the CLD values, creating an infra-structure that develops and supports quality, competent CLD professionals.

Over the coming months there will be opportunities to share your views. There will be professional discussion events around the country and on i-develop as well as online questionnaires.

Expanded Position Statement

This expanded version of the CLD Standards Council Position Statement includes further information on the development and achievements of the Standards Council, the Scottish Government’s policy for CLD, and the Standards Council’s response to the Education Governance Review.

Download:   Education Governance Expanded Position Statement

See also the initial response from the Standards Council.

Professional approval for two programmes from University of Glasgow

Marion Allison presents cetificates to Trevor Gale

Marion Allison presents cetificates to Trevor Gale

Congratulations to University of Glasgow on professional approval of –

  • BA/BA (Hons) Community Development
  • PGD Adult Education, Community Development and Youth Work

The Approval Panel would like to thank the delivery team for the time spent in creating such  strong and clear submission documents.  It was very clear from the submission and discussions during the approval visit that the team are committed and passionate about the success of these programmes.

In particular the panel felt that the evidence for equality and diversity was very strong.   It is apparent that the team have strong visions for widening access and that the support they provide to each other, students and practice supervisors is very evident in the submission and the discussions they had with the panel during the visit.   The students and practice supervisors were keen to share their positive experiences in being involved in this programme.

Standards Mark Approval for Tayside and Fife Professional Learning Alliance

Sue Holland Smith receives certificate from Ashley Pringle

Sue Holland Smith receives certificate from Ashley Pringle

Congratulations to Tayside and Fife Professional Learning Alliance on achieving their Standards Mark Approval.

The Panel were very impressed with the strength of the collaborative working that takes place across the areas.  The panel also felt there was good use of technology and evidence that the learning is embedded in the workplace.

The Tayside and Fife Professional Learning Alliance covers –
Angus Council
Dundee City Council
Fife Council
Perth and Kinross Council

Education Governance: Next Steps – initial response June 2017

The CLD Standards Council Scotland Statement of Response to the Scottish Government

Initial response as issued: June 16 2017


In his speech on June 15th, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney, advised that the Scottish Government will consult on establishing an Education Workforce Council for Scotland which will take on the responsibilities of the Community Learning & Development Standards Council and the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

As the professional body for CLD practitioners active across Youth Work, Adult Learning and Community Development, we welcome the recognition of the significant contribution that our professional workforce makes towards the achievements of young people, adults, families and communities across Scotland.

The focus on an inclusive national registration system, builds on the successful CLD Standards Council’s mission to drive high standards of professional practice. Over the last two years the CLD Standards Council has grown in size and status and we embrace the opportunity and challenge to design and co-create an Education Workforce Council that is inclusive of core CLD values and principles.

We look forward to playing a full and equal role in the consultation on these critical proposals and are committed to supporting our CLD professional members throughout this process and beyond.

Marion Allison

Head of the CLD Standards Council Scotland

News update from the CLD Standards Council – June 2017

CLDSC 5 year Strategy development

Word Cloud of STrategy related wordsWe are currently developing a strategy which will set out our vision and aims for the next 5 years. This is being taken forward with your input at its heart through the contributions you have been making; at our conference; via online consultations; during discussions with CLDSC staff members and partner organisations; at professional learning and approval events; through picking up the phone and having a coffee and a blether; and much more. We aim to have the Strategy approved at our Executive Committee meeting in August 2017. Thank you for all your contributions and support in the creation of our Strategy – you really do ‘shape your future’.

European connections

The Standards Council has been sharing experiences with colleagues from across Europe. Mike  Naulty (chair of the Professional Learning Committee), Ashley Pringle (chair of the CLD Standards Council) and team members spent a day with 30 visitors from across Europe as part of an Erasmus+ University Study Visit. We explained the role of the CLD Standards Council and had a very engaged dialogue with them about how this related to their own experience. The previous week, we hosted a colleague from the Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra, Portugal. Mario Montez is a teacher and practitioner of sociocultural animation; a number of Standards Council members organised visits and discussions which were a true learning experience for all involved. We hope to build further on these connections.

Community Development SVQs

The revised Community Development SVQs, reflecting the comments and input of CLD Standards Council members involved in reviewing the qualifications, are now approved. The qualifications are at SCQF level 5 and level 6, providing recognised development opportunities for people active in the community or moving into employment in community development.
The potential for a Modern Apprenticeship in Community Development is also under consideration.

Watch this space for more information.

Influencing Change: CLD in Scotland, 2001-2015

Panel of speakers at the launch

Panel of speakers at the launch

This major new publication from the CLD Standards Council is available to download free at
The book highlights the essential role of CLD, how it has developed over the last decade and a half, and the challenges and opportunities for the profession now. It brings together the key policy and guidance documents across all aspects of CLD, together with original introductory material charting the development of the profession.  There is also a selection of critical comment, research and case studies, highlighting achievements, progress – and some missed opportunities. It identifies key questions and challenges for practitioners, managers and policy makers.

The Panel of speakers : Emeritus Professor John Field; Dr Ian Fyfe; Ashley Pringle; Stuart Hashagen; Marion Allison

Videos of the presentations will be made available on the I-develop page.

Guidelines for Professional Practice Placement in Community Learning and Development.

Cover of the Guidelines for Professional Practice Placement publicationNew Guidelines for Professional Practice Placement in Community Learning and Development were launched by the Minister at CLD Standards Council Member Conference on 29 March 2017. The Guidelines will strengthen the link between practice and academic learning and, with sections aimed at learners, educational providers and supervisors, they clarify roles and responsibilities, promoting consistently good practice.
The guidelines are available to download from the website.  Printed copies are also available on request.
It is recognised that the practice placement process is continuously evolving and will require new and refreshed resources to support it, so these will be added in future as they are created.

Out and about

Map of contacts and events we have delivered or attended since the start of the year

Map of Scotland with palces and events

Other news and upcoming events

Approval for Post Graduate Diploma from University of Edinburgh

The PG Dip Education (Learning in Communities)  approved for 5 years from 2017.

Marion Allison presents Approval certificate

Marion Allison presents Approval certificate

The  PG Dip  Education (Learning in Communities) Pathway starting in September 2017, is now part of a number of Pathways in the MSc Education programme within University of Edinburgh.
The Panel  noted that a key strength is the fact that the senior management team value the bespoke CLD qualification and recognised that it influences this and other programmes in the school.
The diversity of assessment techniques including the use of Blogs, Webinars, Digital Portfolios and video are welcomed. The support from the individual Academics and University digital technology team were noted.

The Approval panel values University of Edinburgh’s long tradition of civic duty in offering Community Education programmes to support communities . The panel wish to commend the collective work of the team in its commitment to ensuring sustainability of these programmes.

Influencing Change: CLD in Scotland, 2001-2015, is now available.

New book from the Standards Council highlights the essential role of CLD.

The book can be downloaded free in a range of formats from i-develop –

The book brings together the key policy and guidance documents across all aspects of CLD, together with original introductory material charting the development of the profession through a period of dramatic change and a selection of critical comment, research and case studies, it highlights achievements, progress – and some missed opportunities. Through this review of the recent past, it highlights key questions and challenges for practitioners, managers – and policy makers.

Your views on Professional Learning in CLD

Tell us about your experience of professional learning in CLD – SURVEY OPEN UNTIL 7 FEBRUARY!

One of the key aims of the Standards Council is to improve the professional learning and development experiences available to CLD practitioners to develop their CLD practice. To help in doing this, we are seeking your views on the opportunities available to you: what are the good things that should be supported? What could be better? Is there a positive learning culture in your workplace?

We’re interested in courses that you’ve attended and in qualifications you’ve obtained or are working towards – but also in the professional learning that happens in many other ways and other contexts. We’d like you to think about the full range of activities you’ve taken part in or carried out, for example work shadowing, reading or an annual review with your line manager, that have contributed to your learning and development as a CLD practitioner. Or that could contribute more if done in a different way.

The Standards Council Professional Learning Committee leads this aspect of its work. We are looking to work with all of you as the members of the Standards Council to develop the learning culture in CLD – please help us to do this by completing our survey-

The Survey will take roughly 15 minutes to complete and will be open until Tuesday 7th February.

We look forward to hearing your views. We will feedback to you on what members tell us, and we are committed to working with you to make professional learning work for us all.

Mike Naulty, Chair, CLD Standards Council Professional Learning Committee.

Members Governance Consultation January 2017

Future Governance of the CLD Standards Council:
Consultation on Draft Memorandum and Articles of Association

The CLD Standards Council (Scotland) was established in 2008 by Scottish Government Ministers as the professional body with responsibility for setting standards in Community Learning and Development. It was assigned to Education Scotland, as  host agency and is recognised separately on the basis that it should be one-step removed from government. From the beginning, it has been the ambition of those involved, working on behalf of CLD Standards Council members, to find a practical means of organisational development.

Over the last two years, Ashley Pringle, Chair of the CLD Standards Council, has worked with the Executive Committee and the staff team, in consultation with Education Scotland and taken legal advice, to develop specific proposals for changes in the CLD Standards Council’s governance arrangements. A proposal for the way forward has been agreed; the key features of this are:

  • The CLD Standards Council registering as a company limited by guarantee, and so establishing its own organisational and legal identity.
  • A Board of Directors, with the majority elected by and from the registered members of the CLD Standards Council (while allowing for co-opting directors who can bring particular expertise).
  • The Board of Directors taking responsibility for the direction of the organisation within the remit agreed with the Scottish Government.
  • The CLD Standards Council, including the staff team of Civil Servants to continue to work closely with Education Scotland and the wider Scottish Government.
  • Our preference is that the next Chair of the Standards Council should be a Ministerial Appointment.

Once the new arrangements are agreed and established, the memorandum and articles of association of the new company will be the “constitution” of the CLD Standards Council.
We are now seeking members’ views on the draft –
Articles for Consultation

and on the proposed new governance arrangements as outlined above.

Please provide your comments by Friday 3rd February 2017 through this survey  –

All responses to the consultation will be considered and any major changes in the proposals will be fed back to the membership.

Current members of the CLD Standards Council Executive Committee have been invited to put their names forward for membership of the initial board, which will guide the organisation until the first AGM of the company; this will hopefully be held around November 2017. At that point Directors will be elected by the registered members of the CLD Standards Council.