CLDSC Member Bulletin – 12 May 2021

CLD Standards Council and Scottish Government Meeting

On 30th April, Alan Sherry, Chair of CLD Standards Council, held an introductory meeting with Joe Griffin, the new Scottish Government Director-General, Education and Justice.  During the meeting, Alan provided background on the CLD sector, discussed relevant issues for the CLD family and outlined the strategic objectives sought going forward. 

There are six directors-general who head up the Scottish Civil Service.  As director-general, Mr Griffin manages a number of directorates and agencies which support and implement Scottish Government legislation and policy. 

Time to renew your CLDSC Membership?

We send both Associate and Registered members a request to renew their registration every 3 years.  If you became a member more than 3 years ago then you should have received a request to renew**. When you receive your registration renewal request please complete the renewal.  You can be removed from the register of members if you do not renew. 

To renew you need to-

  • Reconfirm your commitment to the Values and Ethics
  • Confirm that you have undertaken an appropriate amount of relevant professional learning
  • Also, if you are no longer in active contact with your previous referee then you must provide a new referee.

If you are unable to complete your renewal at this time you can request a deferral. However we are finding a few members have not kept us up to date with their email address. Unfortunately if we are unable to complete a renewal that membership will be suspended and eventually removed from the register. So please remind colleagues to make sure we have up to date contact details so we can contact them to renew. Full details of requirements for renewal including advice on professional learning are available on the website.

** If you have been registered for more than 3 years and not received a renewal request yet, please check the email address you originally registered with – sometimes the emails go into spam or junk folders – but if you cannot find a request please email and we will investigate.

Virtual Meet Up – 27 May 2021 1-2pm

Have you seen us mention our Slack workspace in previous newsletters? Wondering what it’s all about?  Come along to the May Members’ Virtual Meet-Up and find out how to make the most of the CLDSC Slack Workspace and channels. If you’d like to join Slack in advance of the session, email for the link.

Sign up for the Virtual Meet-up on Eventbrite. 

National Numeracy Day – 19 May 2021

CLD Standards Council is proud to be a National Numeracy Day Champion! Alongside the charity National Numeracy, we are supporting children, young people and adults to feel confident about numbers.  National Numeracy Day raises awareness of the importance of numbers in everyday life.  

Check out  the National Numeracy Day webpage for a host of resources including links to apps, research and toolkits. You can follow the latest updates on Twitter using #NationalNumeracyDay

CLD Plan Webinars – Reminder

National partners are collaborating to offer a series of webinars focussed on tools and resources available to complement CLD planning processes.  
The webinars may be of interest to local authority officers, teams, and partners involved in producing CLD plans locally.

There is one session remaining:

Workforce Development – Tuesday 18th May, 15:00 – 16:30

  • This session, led by the CLD Standards Council, will focus on the requirements set out in the Workforce Development component of  CLD Plans Guidance Note (2021-24) with particular reference to: Providing practice placements for CLD students; Recruiting qualified CLD practitioners; and, Supporting the CLD workforce to benefit from engaging with the CLD Standards Council through registered membership.  

Register for the Workforce Development webinar on Eventbrite.

CLD Development Officer secondment opportunity available within Education Scotland

This 23 month secondment offers an exciting opportunity for an experienced and effective Community Learning and Development (CLD) practitioner to support regional and national CLD programmes as part of Education Scotland’s West locality team. They will also engage with key stakeholders from across local authorities, the voluntary sector and national partners. Applicants should hold a recognised Community Learning and Development Qualification, SCQF level 9 or above. Applications are welcomed from practitioners in the public or 3rd sectors. The closing date for this post is midnight on Monday 31st May.

Full application details and information are on the Education Scotland website.

Family Learning inspection report findings webinar
7 June 2021 2pm

This webinar will allow participants the opportunity to consider how Family Learning might be delivered differently taking into account current Covid-19 restrictions. It is aimed at the Community Learning and Development sector and those who work in schools. There will be opportunities for questions and self-reflection.  Register for the webinar on Eventbrite.

Fully funded Open University microcredential courses

Supported by the Scottish Funding Council Upskilling Fund, the OU is offering the opportunity to study a fully-funded microcredential course in a variety of subject areas.  The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for developing key skills and the OU are committed to supporting the upskilling and reskilling of individuals and organisations by offering a limited number of free places. There are a range of courses on offer which may be of interest to CLD practitioners including: 

  • Management of Uncertainty: Leadership, Decisions and Action 
  • Online Teaching: Accessibility and Inclusive Learning 
  • Online Teaching: Creating Courses for Adult Learners

For more information and details of how to apply see the The Open University website.