Policy Responses and Commentary

Response to the Inquiry into the impact of poverty on attainment

The Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee is holding an Inquiry on “the impact of experiencing poverty on young people at school, including their attainment and their achievement”. The closing date for written responses to the inquiry was 22 March 2018.

Download: Response submitted by the CLD Standards Council

The Committee is also holding three evidence sessions as part of the inquiry, and the third of these on 9 May is to focus specifically on “people’s experience of services provided outside of school to support the attainment children and young people who experience poverty”. The CLD Standards Council is seeking the opportunity to give evidence to the Committee.
Information on the inquiry is available from the Scottish Parliament website:

Response to Governance review

30 January 2018 – CLD Standards Council submitted response to the “Empowering Schools: A Consultation on the Provisions of the Education (Scotland) Bill”.
View response and further information on our Governance Review page.

Commentary on Scottish Government Programme 2017-18

The Scottish Government launched its Programme for 2017-18 on 5 September. The First Minister described it as “fresh, bold and ambitious”, while media coverage focused on the quantity of legislation.
But what are the issues for CLD and how significant will it be for you and your practice?
Read our commentary which highlights issues and potential actions for CLD practitioners.

CLDSC Commentary Scottish Goverment Programme 2017

You may also be interested in our Position Statement on the Education Governance: Next Steps proposals.

Response to:  “Fair Funding to Achieve Excellence and Equity in Education” consultation – October 2017

Alongside the “Next Steps” proposals for education governance, the Scottish Government issued a consultation paper on “Fair Funding to Achieve Excellence and Equity in Education”.

Although the “Fair Funding to Achieve Excellence and Equity in Education paper makes no mention of CLD,  the funding proposals could in fact have significant implications for CLD.

As there was insufficient time to consult with Standards Council members and committees on the content of a response, the following response was submitted on behalf of the Standards Council by the staff team before the consultation closed on 13 October.

Response to the Fair Funding to achieve Equity in Education

Why a Commentary ?

Any profession needs a voice. And this is all the more true for one like Community Learning and Development (CLD) that seeks to re-define what is meant by a “profession”, balancing rigour and inclusiveness, while striving to establish itself as a necessary part of public services.

The Standards Council is responsible for approval of training courses across the CLD field, for registration of practitioners and for creating a framework that enables practitioners to take charge of their own continuing professional development. All these specific responsibilities contribute to the shaping of an inclusive and empowering profession.

The Standards Council offers a regular Policy Commentary, sent direct to members, as one way of strengthening the voice of CLD. Its standpoint reflects our core concern with high standards in CLD practice. It promotes fresh thinking about how policy impacts on practice, and how policy can be shaped by the experience of practice. You can find the archive below.

The Standards Council also submits responses to policy consultations. These responses are informed by committee members and registered members. These are also archived below.

Policy Commentary

Policy Responses