CLDSC Member Bulletin – 27 May 2020

CLD Practice Placement Guidance

We are continuing to work with partners to provide flexibility whilst ensuring that the CLD Standards are maintained. By liaising with colleges, universities, students, placement providers and partners across the UK who are responsible for approving CLD learning programmes, we aim to provide practical practice placement guidelines. Our most recent guidance and FAQ in relation to the impact of COVID-19 on practice placements can be found on the website.
It is well worth a read and if you have any further questions please submit them to
As the guidance may be updated frequently please remember to check in now and again for further updates.

SQA Updates
In addition to placement guidance developments, we continue to engage with the Scottish Qualifications Authority regarding accreditation. The SQA recent updates on COVID-19 can be found on their website.
Like the CLD Standards Council, the SQA continuously updates their website so please remember to check websites for the most up-to-date guidance.

Education Scotland are holding 3 CLD themed webinars –

The webinars will be hosted through Google Meet.
Each meeting will last for 1 hour and will follow the same format-
• The National Context• Practice Sharing • Next Steps for future webinars.
Participants will be encouraged to share resources, questions, and feedback in the chat facility throughout the webinar. The chat content will then be shared with all participants.

DigiShift – Community Learning and Development (CLD) Digital

SCVO have organised a Zoom webinar open to all CLD professionals on making the shift to digital service delivery, supporting learners through tech and remote working with staff and volunteers.
Our own Dr Marion Allison will be one of the speakers.
This online event is taking place on Thursday 4 June from 2 till 3:30
Find out more and book your place.

College Expo 20

We’re delighted to be hosting a stall at the Virtual College Expo on 11 June 2020. The theme is: ‘The Future is Now: Learning from Lockdown’ and there are a range of seminars available as well as the stalls.
General information about the College Expo can be found on the CDN website
View the programme info as PDF.
Great to see a session on The Role of Adult Learning in Civic Recovery hosted by Mhairi Harrington, OBE and Nicola McAndrew CLD Policy Team Leader, Scottish Government.
If you’re involved in CLD in the College sector (or even if you’re not!), come along and say hello! #CollegeExpo20

Virtual Meet-Up #2

The CLD Response to COVID-19: Wave 2 Survey found that many members are using new digital platforms to reach adult learners, young people and communities – it seems we have closed the digital skills gap identified in the most recent CLD Workforce in just a few months! But this is not true for everyone – as the survey also found that comprehensive access to technology remains a challenge and we know that others are struggling to become comfortable with online communication where you don’t get the eye contact and non-verbal cues that we rely on for feedback.
So the topic for our next meet up at 1 pm Friday 12 June is Digitally Agile or Digitally Fragile? – how members can help each other make the most of new online opportunities. As with our first meet up we ask you to register your interest with Eventbrite.

Registration Renewal

Registration renewal is being rolled out to members who registered over 3 years ago. 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. We are issuing individual email requests to renew in small batches, so if you have not received your request yet please don’t worry. 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.

And Finally …

Congratulations to Dr Stuart Moir, Moray House School of Education and Sport, The University of Edinburgh

Congratulations to our Approvals Committee member Dr Stuart Moir who successful defended his thesis “How Did Young Left Wing Political Activists Learn To Become Active And Critical Citizens?”