CLDSC Member Bulletin – 21 October 2020

CLD Standards Council Conference 2020 

Well, we thought it might not happen and it certainly won’t happen the way we thought, but, your CLDSC Member Conference is back!  We’ll be hosting a virtual conference over 1st and 2nd December so save the date!  After having to cancel our original dates in March, we’ve taken time to review and reflect on how our world is changing and learn from the lessons our online interactions have taught us.

Through increased engagement with members and experiencing a range of webinars, workshops, blethers and conferences during the last 6 months, we’ll have a split day format (Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning) so that we avoid zoom fatigue and increase opportunities for members to participate. We’ll also make sure as many inputs as possible are recorded and placed on i-develop so you can access them if you’re not able to attend. We’re still working on the programme, so watch this space for information and booking details. Can’t wait to see you!

Framework for Good Practice in Working with Volunteers in ESOL

We were delighted to be part of the steering group developing the Framework for Good Practice in Working with Volunteers in ESOL and we’re now proud to highlight its launch. As you will know, volunteers bring enthusiasm and a range of other valuable skills. This Framework aims to aid organisations to reflect on their practice to ensure a positive volunteering experience for learners, volunteers and projects. We hope it will be an interesting read and source of support for projects of any size.  

You can continue to share ideas on Volunteering in ESOL page on i-develop
You might also want to attend one of the events below:

7th November: NATECLA Scotland conference online. Book here.
26th November: National discussion (Scotland) event for volunteer ESOL coordinators. Book on Eventbrite

Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA) Conference 2020

To mark the 2020 conference SERA has organised three online events. The theme for the week of events is:
Education and Educational Research – past, present and future.

Monday 16th November 4pm – 5:30pm
Wednesday 18th November 4pm – 5:30pm
Thursday 19th November 4pm – 5:30pm

Look out for more information about speakers and registering for the events on Twitter and the SERA website over the coming weeks.

EPALE UK in Conversation with the Adult Learning Sector

EPALE is hosting a day of online workshops: ‘EPALE UK in conversation with the Adult learning sector’ on Tuesday 10 November 10.30am-3.30pm. 

Participants will have the chance to share learning experiences, discuss challenges facing the sector, and make valuable connections with like-minded adult learning practitioners.

Particularly relevant themes including digital skills, community learning, and inclusion, will all be covered.

Click to register on Eventbrite

Carnegie UK: ‘Learning from Lockdown: 12 Steps to Eliminate Digital Exclusion’

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 the scale of digital exclusion in the UK has been exposed and exacerbated beyond previous understanding. While new initiatives have been rapidly and successfully delivered, substantially accelerating progress and ensuring thousands of individuals now have appropriate digital access, there is still much more to be done to ensure no one in the UK is left digitally excluded. 

In its new report, Carnegie UK sets out a series of 12 recommendations calling for ambitious action from policy makers, practitioners, academia and industry. The recommendations build on work on digital inclusion over the past decade, and particularly draw on learning and reflections from the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown period. 

You can read the report here and follow the hashtag #12stepsfordigital on Twitter to join the conversation. 

Scottish Funding Council – Review of Coherent Provision and Sustainability

Back in August, we told you that we’d submitted a response to the review of sustainability on Further and Higher Education being led by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the national, strategic body that funds further and higher education and research in Scotland. The review has now been published and you can access it on the SFC website.

Best Wishes
CLD Standards Council