CLDSC Member Bulletin – 07 October 2020

Virtual Meet Up Challenge Poverty Week – 5-11 October 2020

If you didn’t manage to join our Twitter blether on Tuesday co-hosted with Education Scotland CLD Team, there’s still time for your to join the conversation. You can catch up with the Twitter chat by clicking here: #CLDChallengePoverty

But there’s a bonus! This month’s CLDSC Virtual Meet Up on Friday 9th October 1-2pm will explore the same key questions around CLD competences in practice in relation to poverty to encourage reflection, highlight issues and identify any Professional Learning needs.
Register for the Meet up on Eventbrite and connect with colleagues from across Scotland.

Introductory Videos of Digital Learning Tools

Following on from interactive demonstrations at a member meet-up, 3 of our members- Anita Jamieson, Vikki Carpenter and Jenni Snell, have now recorded video demonstrations of 4 learning tools – Padlet, Kahoot,, Menti and Jamboard. These videos are available to watch on a new meet-up resources area of i-develop. (You will need to log in to access – email us at if you have any trouble accessing)

The videos are only about 10 minutes long each and should give you a good taster for the tool and how you might start using it with your team or learners.

New CLDSC Membership Information Video

Have a look at our new video which tells you all about how to register with CLDSC, what your commitments are as a member and what the benefits are of being a CLDSC Member. Watch on the CLD Standards Council website

Please feel free to share with your wider networks to help raise awareness of CLD Standards Council and how we support your professional practice and professional learning.

Free OU Course – Online Teaching: Improving and Evaluating Courses

The Open University Scotland is offering a limited number of fully-funded places on its new microcredential Online Teaching: Improving and Evaluating Courses.

This course will start on 30th November and will run for 12 weeks, requiring approximately 13 hours of study a week. Upon completing the course, learners will gain 15 credits at SCQF level 11.

More information and the application form can be found on the The Open University website.

The deadline for applications is 19th October 2020.

Public Health Scotland Strategic Plan

Public Health Scotland’s first Strategic Plan, focusing on COVID-19, mental wellbeing, communities and place, and poverty and children, shows the scope for links between CLD and public health. The plan highlights the need for collaboration, saying that “No one organisation, sector or community can tackle these public health challenges alone”. Public Health Scotland aims to “combine their expertise in health protection, data and intelligence and long-term population health, with specialist knowledge and evidence across the public and third sectors”, and to “work with communities and local, regional and national partners to improve health and wellbeing locally together”.

Please visit the Public Health Scotland website to view the Strategic Plan: ‘A Scotland where everybody thrives’.

Carnegie UK Pooling Together Report

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Carnegie Trust has been undertaking a series of conversations with communities across the UK, exploring the changing relationship between local government, public services and communities. Community hubs were found to be a critical part of the emergency response and the Trust believes that these hubs could have a longer-term role in recovery from the pandemic.

Building on the learning from conversations with four areas, (North Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, Lancaster and Scarborough), their new report offers examples of best practice, challenges, opportunities and learning for the future. You can also listen to Connected Communities North Ayrshire Council tell the story of the Virtual Community Centre, view the video on YouTube.

Best Wishes

CLD Standards Council