CLDSC Member Bulletin – 27 October 2021

CLD Standards Council Conference

Coming soon to a screen near you!  We asked you a couple of months ago to save the dates (2nd [afternoon] and 3rd December [morning] 2021) for our annual conference. We’ve been pulling the content of the day together and can now confirm our virtual conference theme is Covid Recovery – CLD Identity, Support and Wellbeing. Registration will open in the next couple of weeks. Watch this space! 

Share, Sustain, Shape Professional Learning Events 

The CLD professional learning networks across Scotland have created 5 weeks of free professional learning events during November and December which are open to all CLD practitioners. You can find out what’s on and how to register on the Share, Sustain, Shape events page.

CLD Practice in National Voluntary Organisations – Event Reminder

If you are a CLD practitioner working or volunteering for a national voluntary organisation and would like to take part in a conversation about what would inspire others from your organisation to identify with and be part of the CLD community, we have the event for you! Join us on 3 November from 11am–1pm, where we will explore awareness raising opportunities to highlight the value of CLDSC membership and identify how to support CLD practice and improve CLD Career Pathways in the Voluntary Sector. Register for the CLD Practice in National Organisations event on Eventbrite

How Good Is Our Community Learning & Development (4th Edition)

A new draft framework for the community learning and development (CLD) sector, How good is our community learning and development?’ (4th edition) has been developed in consultation with the CLD sector. This iteration of HGIOCLD reflects the changes in the CLD landscape and the wider education sector, taking cognisance of the wide range of practitioners and organisations adopting CLD methodologies. The framework sets out the standards HM Inspectors will use to evaluate and report on quality and improvement in CLD. It will also support the sector to engage in self-evaluation for continuous improvement.

This is an online framework and remains in draft until Summer 2022. This will give practitioners and HM Inspectors time to use it and to see if any changes are required. We will also gather a few case studies to help support those newer to frameworks and self-evaluation to understand how it can be used to support improvement. 

HM Inspectors are offering a number of webinars for CLD practitioners and leaders between October and December 2021 to introduce the framework. You can find out more and book at How Good is our CLD4? An introduction to the framework

Specific Learning Difficulties Network for CLD Practitioners

The next meeting for the SpLD Network for CLD Practitioners will be on 25th November 2021, 10-11.30am, contents will include updates on:

  • Resources to support CLD practitioners in practice
  • Adult Learning Strategy 
  • Planning for the future

Here is a taster of a free introductory module aimed to provide practitioners who work in a CLD setting with an improved awareness of what dyslexia is, its impact, how it is assessed in different contexts and how it can be supported within an inclusive learning environment.  

For further information please contact: Cathy Magee or Laura Starkey for more information.

ESOL SQA Webinars

There are three SQA NQ ESOL webinars taking place over the coming months. Go to the SQA Website to book a place.

11 November 2021 – National 3 and National 4 ESOL Units (4.30pm–5.45pm)
This webinar will explore topic-based approaches to assessment for Everyday Life and ESOL in Context units, linking the assessment of four skills within a unit and identifying candidate evidence required. It will also support understanding the national standards required for National 3 and National 4 NQ ESOL.

13 January 2022 – National 5 and Higher ESOL: Writing (4.30pm–5.45pm)
This webinar will explore how to apply the marking instructions for the National 5 and Higher ESOL writing components. It will exemplify progression in writing skills from National 5 to Higher and support understanding of the standards required at both levels.

20 January 2022 – National 5 and Higher ESOL: Speaking and Listening (4.30pm–5.45pm)
This webinar will explore how to apply the marking instructions to recordings of National 5 and Higher ESOL speaking and listening performance. It will exemplify progression in speaking and listening skills from National 5 to Higher and support the understanding of standards required at both levels. 

If you have any queries, please contact

Number Confidence Week: 1-5 November

Number Confidence Week will shine a spotlight on how boosting number confidence breaks down barriers and creates brighter futures and also provides opportunities for people to access free resources and activities for all the family, to boost number confidence at work, home and school. This includes video resources, downloadable activities and ‘confidence conversations’ series running across the first week of November. 

You can access activities and resources for kids aged 4-12, parents and adults at work too through the Number Confidence Week campaign hub

The National Numeracy Challenge is a free online tool that can help people aged 13+ to develop number confidence and skills, at their own pace on their own terms.  

Follow National Numeracy and #NumberConfidenceWeek on social media. You can also use this campaign pack to make your own social media posts. 

Free Training for CLD Practitioners: Becoming a Numeracy Champion: Children, families & feeling good about maths

And to continue the numeracy theme … as part of a project funded by Education Scotland through the Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grants Programme and through the STEM Education and Training Strategy, National Numeracy is offering free places for CLD Practitioners in West Scotland, Southwest Scotland and Forth Valley & West Lothian on the ‘Becoming a Numeracy Champion: Children, Families & Feeling Good About Maths’ programme.

The online (Zoom) programme is running for organisations in West or Southwest Scotland through November and in Forth Valley & West Lothian in January. It equips participants with the knowledge and skills they need to support families to have positive attitudes towards maths. Participants are asked to attend all three sessions and to fill in a digital workbook to complete the programme.

Southwest Scotland South West Scotland Numeracy Champion registration
Numeracy: understanding the numeracy issue – Tuesday, 2 November, 4pm-6pm 
Supporting positive attitudes in children – Tuesday, 9 November, 4pm-6pm
Supporting parents, carers & families – Tuesday, 16 November, 4pm-6pm

West Scotland West Scotland Numeracy Champion registration
Numeracy: understanding the numeracy issue – Thursday, 4 November, 4pm-6pm 
Supporting positive attitudes in children – Thursday, 11 November, 4pm-6pm
Supporting parents, carers & families – Thursday, 18 November, 4pm-6pm

Forth Valley & West Lothian Forth Valley & West Lothian Numeracy Champion registration
Numeracy: understanding the numeracy issue – Wednesday, 12 January, 4pm-6pm
Supporting positive attitudes in children – Wednesday, 19 January, 4pm-6pm
Supporting parents, carers & families – Wednesday, 26 January, 4pm-6pm