CLDSC Member Bulletin – 24 February 2021

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.

Reminder – Virtual Member Meet-Up
26 February 1-2pm

How do you see the role of CLD in relation to climate change?
The Scottish Government’s draft strategy for public engagement in climate change says this: Putting People First. Decarbonising our nation will have a significant effect on people’s lives, so it is crucial that we understand and respond to people’s concerns, have an inclusive decision making process, and put people in Scotland at the forefront of everything that we do. A net zero nation is not possible without the support and contribution of our citizens. Communities are not bystanders in the transition but integral players in making it a success. 

Does this need a role for CLD? Register to attend the meet-up on Eventbrite and come along to share experiences and ideas, and hear about CLD involvement around the COP26 conference.

College-based Professional Learning Opportunities – Supporting CLD Placements 

The next workshop in this series takes place on Thursday 11 March at 3 pm.  It will focus on Supporting CLD Practice Placements, looking at the importance of the placement experience for CLD Practitioners and the benefits to CLD employers of taking a placement.  Issues surrounding placements will be explored and good practice shared with a view to strengthening partnership working in support of practice placements.  Register for this event through 

#CLDTalks Podcast

Have you caught up with the new CLD Podcast yet?  Created by CLDSC Registered Member Conor Maxwell, CLD Worker in South Lanarkshire, the podcasts have been established to raise the profile of CLD across Scotland.  You can find the podcasts on all the usual podcast sites like or Spotify and follow @CLDTalks on Twitter – make sure you use the #CLDTalks hashtag! There are two podcasts to listen to so far: Jim Sweeney MBE and Adele Martin.  You’re guaranteed insights, information, learning and laughs!

Education Scotland resource and information updates

These webinars are aimed at any education Practitioners, and are large events with 3 presenters sharing information in a CLD context and with Q&A via comments. Platform: Google meet (unless stated).

  • National Numeracy CLD Network 25th February 10am – 11.30am for practitioners hosted on ZOOM (Learning Link Scotland and Education Scotland) – featuring National Numeracy online checker and Glasgow Science Centre, Our World Our Impact with a numeracy focus. 
  • CLD Adult Literacy – 3rd March 10am – 11am – Education Scotland digital team resources & professional learning, Edinburgh – Scots Literacy resources and Education Scotland Numeracy / Maths resources
  • ESOL – 4th March 1pm – 2pm – Ayrshire Partnership, Aberdeenshire CLD Digital learning and NATECLA Scotland
  • CLD Adult Learning – 10th March 10am – 11am – Glasgow Science Centre, Our World Our Impact resources, Adult Achievement Awards – online and National Numeracy Day online checker and resources
  • CLD Digital Delivery of Remote Learning 26th March 9.30-10.30am. This webinar will focus on engaging learners digitally, approaches to monitoring and evaluation and introduce useful digital tools.

Education Scotland have also developed a Summary of CLD Covid resources on the National Improvement Hub highlighting guidance, practitioner resources, research and case studies. Please get in touch with if there is any information you would like to add to this page.

Praxis Lunch Friday, 26th February 12-2pm – Universal Basic Income

Hosted by University of Dundee and Dundee City Council, the latest praxis lunch welcomes Dr Marcia Gibson from MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at Glasgow University who will be speaking about Universal Basic Income.

Marcia has published a scoping review of evidence from studies similar to basic income and she will share some of her findings and perspectives on the desirability of BI based on simulation modelling studies. Please click here to read a blog post that Marcia has published which outlines her views on BI in the current context.

The lunch will will take place on TEAMS.  The session will follow the normal format of an input from Marcia and then time for discussion and reflection.  If you’d like to attend, please email Sarah McEwan and she will send you the invitation.