CLDSC Member Bulletin – 18 August 2021

Education Scotland Leadership Development Programmes: CLDSC Members Opportunity

Over the last few months Members have expressed interest in Leadership Development opportunities. The Professional Lifelong Learning team in Education Scotland are about to launch two programmes for people who are aspiring to middle leadership posts and for those who are already in promoted posts.  The courses are free and spaces are available for members of the CLD Standards Council and are due to begin in early September so there is a quick turnaround on this one!  If you are interested, please send us your details to Further information on both courses are contained in the links below.

Aspiring to Middle Leadership – This programme is designed to support aspiring middle leaders in developing their understanding of the roles of middle leadership and the skills required to carry out the key aspects of these role. 

Middle Leaders – Leading Change is a professional learning programme designed to develop confidence in the use of coaching within middle leadership, encourage reflection upon the key aspects of the role and further develop the use of an enquiring stance when planning and leading change.

CONCEPT Journal – latest edition

The latest edition of CONCEPT is available now, with lots of articles and reviews guaranteed to get you thinking. There’s something for everyone, including: a review of McGoey’s ‘The Unknowers: How Strategic Ignorance Rules the World”; an article about the work of the Scran Academy throughout the pandemic; and who wouldn’t want to read more about a Theory of Geekery?

Professional Associations Research Network

CLD Standards Council is a member of The Professional Associations Research Network (PARN). PARN is a non-profit membership organisation for professional bodies, offering expertise, experience and perspective on key issues in the sector through research, consultancy, networking, events and training.  As part of our membership, we have access to a range of resources and research.  We recently contributed to research on Ethical Codes within professional associations and professionalism within sectors.  Point of interest arising from these include: 

  • the ‘vocationalisation’ of professions – a quicker educational route to access practice and less time spent being mentored by a seasoned/experienced professional – was an issue highlighted by 41% of UK-based respondents 
  • 60% of UK respondents noticed an effect on perception of professional expertise due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Examples include higher demand for professional expertise; greater public awareness and interest; and struggle for acceptance ad key workers.
  • 62% of respondents included obligations to act ethically in personal life within their ethical code.  35% included obligations around environmental sustainability.

Learning for Sustainability Awards 2021 – Don’t forget to nominate!

The CLD sector makes a significant contribution in supporting learners and communities to engage in Learning for Sustainability with a number of projects across Scotland covering the key topics of global citizenship, sustainability development education, outdoor learning and children’s rights.
Help to recognise and celebrate the contribution of community learning and development providers in building a more equitable and sustainable future for Scotland’s communities by nominating a project or practitioner

Place2Be Mental Health Champions Foundation programme

The next cohort of Place2Be’s online Mental Health Champions Foundation programme for youth workers starts in September, with the deadline for registering of 30th August.  This online mental health training enhances youth worker’s understanding of children and young people’s mental health and introduces approaches that foster positive well-being for them and the adults around them. It is free to both local authority and voluntary sector participants.

Course details

  • You will have a dedicated Place2Be professional (qualified mental health clinician) to join discussions and aid online learning.
  • 5-week programme with a new module uploaded each week (first week covers how to use the platform etc.)
  • Broken down into 15-minute sections to fit around your day (1–1.5 hours per week total).
  • No fixed timings – you can access the programme via any device and work through it at a time to suit you.

 Modules covered

  1. Understanding mental health & well-being Introduces factors that contribute to positive mental health and well-being.
  2. Nature and nurture Explores how early experiences shape the way we perceive ourselves and relate to others, and how those experiences create the pathways in the brain that support our development. 
  3. How can I help? Considers what a child’s or young person’s behaviour might be communicating about their underlying needs.
  4. Mental health: everybody’s business Reflects on the importance of positive mental health for everyone with a focus on the adults around the child or young person

The course is delivered on an app called ‘Hive Learning’ – not via Zoom. Everyone who registers to take part will be contacted by Place2Be with the details of how to log into Hive and access the course. You can register for the course by signing up on Eventbrite.

College Development Network #LeadershipMatters Mini Podcast Series  

Over the month of July CDN developed the #LeadershipMatters mini podcast series with four new podcasts exploring leadership from different perspectives. 
The podcasts are now live and available from the CDN website.

Available podcasts:

  • Leadership Journey with Grant Ritchie (opens Spotify)- former Principal at Dundee and Angus College and Fellow with CDN . During this podcast, Grant discusses his leadership journey, what helped and hindered him on that journey, and what advice he would give to emerging leaders.
  • Territory Mapping with Anthony Willoughby (opens Spotify) – author, explorer and founder of the Nomadic School of Business. In this podcast, Anthony chats about what he has learned about leadership from living and working with indigenous communities across the world. 
  • Collective Leadership with Janet Whitley (opens Spotify) – Collective Leadership Lead at Scottish Government. Janet discusses the work of Collective Leadership for Scotland, how they support partners and colleagues from across the public sector in the practice of collaboration and collective leadership, and how leaders in the FE sector can become involved.
  • Emerging Trends with Roddy Millar (opens Spotify) – Founder and CEO of Ideas for Leaders, and Co-Founder of the Scottish Leadership Institute. Roddy discusses his work as a writer and publisher in the fields of executive education, management and leadership. Roddy works with international business schools and we will be exploring the emerging trends in leadership practice across the world.

SCQF Upcoming Online Workshops

2 workshops aimed at representatives from Credit Rating Bodies – Credit Rating in Practice for Credit Rating Bodies and Quality Assurance for Credit Rating. Also running are Would You Credit It? and My Skills, My Future workshops. The August and September workshops filled up in record time so please book early to secure your place.

Scottish Charity Awards

The Scottish Charity Awards recognise and celebrate the best that Scotland’s voluntary sector has to offer and CLD Standards Council is proud to be sponsoring the Community Action Award at this year’s #ScotCharityAwards. The Awards Ceremony will be held online on Friday 1 October 2021 with the winners being announced on the night. Meantime, members of the public can vote for their favourite overall entry in the People’s Choice Award.  Vote here!

We’ll be hosting a Scottish Charity Awards Watch Party and would like to invite you to join us for virtual pre-ceremony drinks reception at 6pm with the ceremony taking place from 7-8pm. Get your gladrags on, top up your glass and join fellow CLDSC members to celebrate the work of CLD in the voluntary sector.

Register to join us on Eventbrite