CLDSC Member Bulletin – 23 June 2021

OECD Report – “Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence: into the future”

The CLD Standards Council Scotland notes with interest the recommendations in the recent OECD report “Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence: into the future”. In particular, the CLD Standards Council welcomes the recognition that CLD practice contributes positively to learners’ outcomes and experiences.  In addition, our role in designing personalised curricula that is negotiated with learners, based on their needs and wants is highlighted. A full response to the OECD’s recommendations will be available in due course. 

Scotland still has something to celebrate – CLD Graduations 

University of Edinburgh – The BA (Hons) Community Education programme team would like to congratulate all students who are graduating from the programme this year and wish them all the best in their professional careers.

University of Glasgow CLD Students message from your CLD Delivery team – Good luck with the ongoing studies and look forward to sharing details of your success when Graduation time arrives. 

University of West of Scotland, CLD Delivery team  – Keep up the good work and we are looking forward to sharing your success stories in the future. 

University of Dundee- Community Education team would like to note:

Class of 2021 – Journeys, Achievements and Destinations.
Congratulations to all 26 graduates of 2021 with BA(Hons) Community Education (BACE) and BA(Hons) Community Learning & Development (BACLD). Here are a few of the inspiring stories of achievement.

  • Congratulations to the Prize-winner of the ‘Engaged Learning Award’ – Fungai Moetsabi 
  • Congratulations to Zoe Thompson who secured her dream job on the Shetland Islands.
  • Congratulations to the Prize-winner of the ‘Excellence in Practice-based Research’ Award: Megan McGregor
  • Congratulations to Aimee Brown who Reflects on her Journey to Successful Employment. 
  • Congratulations to the Prize-winner of the Internship Impact Award -Rebecca Smith
  • Congratulations Pippa Cowling: a journey through widening access

CLDSC will be show casing the stories from the above graduates in due course – watch this space for more information.  In the meantime:

Congratulations to UoD graduates who are happy to share that they have already secured jobs:

  • Aimee Brown – Employment Co-ordinator for Enable Works, Dundee. 
  • Catherine Doig – Corporate Parenting Youth Worker, Perth and Kinross Council.
  • Kim Donnachie – Youth Key Worker, BRAG Enterprises, Scottish Government’s No One Left Behind Project, Fife. 
  • Scott Houston – Family Project worker, Children 1st, Aberdeen.
  • Megan McGregor – Key Worker, Youth Employability Service, Dundee City Council.
  • Zoe Thomson – Graduate Project Officer, Youth Empowerment & Participation,  Shetland Islands Council.
  • Jordan Weldon – Parenting and Family Learning Assistant, Perth and Kinross Council.
  • Amy Younger – Key Worker, Youth Employability Service, Dundee City Council.

And many more…congratulations to all!   
from CLDSC Staff Team

We need Buddies! 

Are you an experienced CLD practitioner who could informally support a CLD practitioner who might be newer to the field, an area of work or looking to learn from other’s experiences? Currently we have 4 CLDSC members looking for someone like you!  Areas of interest for those looking for Buddies are professional/career development, external verification, funding and engaging learners. If you have experience in any of these areas, why not become a CLDSC Buddy?  

For more information about becoming a Buddy go to Supporting Professional Learning Together.  If you would like to become a Buddy please complete the Supporting Professional Learning Together form

Member Meet Up – Draft Adult Learning Strategy Response 28 June 2021, 1pm

Have you seen the draft Adult Learning Strategy for Scotland? Do you want to find out more and comment on the CLDSC response? Well, join us next Monday on Zoom to discuss!
Sign up on Eventbrite and we will send you the draft and some of our initial thoughts by Friday so you have some time to ponder and gather your thoughts.
We look forward to hearing from you!

CLD Managers’ Scotland

Congratulations to Dominique Carlisle-Kitz on her appointment as Chair and to Andrea McMillan and Robert Hynd on their appointments as Vice Co-Chairs of CLD Managers’ Scotland (CLDMS). CLDMS is a national independent professional network for leaders in CLD services in Scotland and works in partnership to inform/ influence policy relevant to CLD.  We are delighted that all three are active Members of the CLD Standards Council who work hard to promote professional CLD standards.  We also want to say huge thanks to outgoing Chair, Avril Nicol for her leadership and advocacy of a supported and inclusive CLD workforce.

JETS – Joint Education Training Standards

A special meeting of JETS was held in June 2021 with a focus to ensure that all UK Nations and Ireland were approaching approvals/endorsement for programmes in a similar way to avoid breaching the mutual recognition agreement that is in place across the nations.  More information on JETS can be found on the JETS i-develop area.  The mutual recognition agreement provides portability of CLD qualifications. If you are qualified as a CLD Practitioner via a programme approved by CLDSC then you can use that qualification anywhere in the UK and Ireland. Similarly, if you hold a qualification approved/endorsed by the other nations it will be recognised in Scotland. 

The special meeting focused on topics around:

  • Fitness to practice
  • Raising profile of youth work and CLD
  • Appeals procedures
  • Reviewing of Guidelines for approval/endorsement in each of the nations to ensure consistency
  • Reviewing Joint JETS Guidelines in line with the requirements for each nation. 

JETS meets twice a year and will progress the actions captured at the meeting. Big thanks to our colleagues across the nations. It is great to share experiences and knowledge from other nations. 

2021 SURF Awards now open 

The purpose of the Awards is to highlight, celebrate and share the achievements of initiatives that address physical, social and economic challenges in communities across Scotland.

This year’s five thematic categories include; 

  • Supporting Youth Employability sponsored by Skills Development Scotland, 
  • Creative Regeneration sponsored by Creative Scotland, 
  • Community Led Regeneration sponsored by Highlands and Island 
  • Scotland’s Most Improved Place sponsored by Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Architecture & Design Scotland and 
  • Housing and Regeneration sponsored by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations.

Further information on the Awards and how to apply can be found on the SURF website

NSPCC Child Protection Audit tool

NSPCC have launched a self-assessment tool which will help organisations audit their child protection arrangements. 

The free self-assessment tool will help organisations audit current safeguarding and child protection arrangements. The tool will also help to identify areas for development and support you in making any changes necessary.