CLDSC Member Bulletin – 28 October 2020

Member Meet Up 13 November 1-2pm – Climate Emergency

Climate emergency represents a crucial moment for all human beings to take stock of our circumstances and review what impact our activities or lack of them are having on the planet and potential future generations. CLD Professionals have a code of ethics and set of values that calls us to be critically aware, well informed and proactive in addressing inequality and injustice – climate emergency and the Covid 19 pandemic exacerbate and magnify already catastrophic levels of inequality both locally and globally.

Can we do more individually and collectively to address these issues? How does our practice need to change now in order for us to protect democratic, human rights and the natural environment for our own and future generations?

To join the conversation, Register on Eventbrite.

CLD Standards Council Conference 2020 – Did you save the date?

As we said last week, the CLDSC Member Conference is back! We are hosting a virtual conference over 1st and 2nd December and 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. More details will follow soon.

Education Scotland Events

Education Scotland CLD colleagues are hosting a range of events over the next few weeks – see below for information and joining details:

Introduction to the STEM Ambassador Programme for CLD Practitioners
Tuesday 17th November, 4pm – 5pm Platform: Zoom
Sign up to join the session on Eventbrite.

ESOL Practitioner national webinar
Wednesday 18th November 10am – 11am
Register to attend the webinar

4 lunchtime Blethers for CLD practitioners in the West of Scotland
Register to attend the Blethers

Outdoor Education Funding 

The Scottish Government has announced it will provide £2 million of funding to mitigate the financial challenges facing the residential outdoor education sector as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.  The package will include funding to help centres provide safe, impactful outdoor learning experiences to support young people’s education and wellbeing through this challenging period. Discussions on administration of the package of support continue and details of how to apply will be made available as soon as possible.

For further information please visit the Scottish Government Help for residential outdoor education.

Get into Governance – Free Virtual Workshop

Joining a board is a great way to share your views, enhance your skills, expand your professional networks and make a difference to your local community.
To find out more about becoming a board member join CDN and Changing the Chemistry for the free Get into Governance virtual workshop on 9 November at 6pm.

The workshop will explore why you should consider going on a board, and hear from current board members in the education and third sector about their experience and what joining a board has done for them. It will also provide information on the support and training available including the new Get into Governance training programme.

Further information and booking on the CDN site.

Exams 2020: Review and Scottish Government Response

Scottish Government commissioned a rapid review of the processes through which National Qualifications were awarded in 2020 after exams were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The review made 9 recommendations for the future, 8 of which have been accepted by Scottish Government.

Among the recommendations accepted were suspension of the 2021 National 5 exams, development of improved systems for moderation of assessments not based on exams and – of particular interest from a CLD perspective – development of more systematic processes for working with and engaging young people, as stakeholders and rights holders in education.

The recommendation not accepted was for commissioning of independent research into the development and application of the 2020 Alternative Certification Model.

You can access the review report on the Scottish Government website and the Scottish Government Response.

National Standards for Community Engagement – Recovery and Renewal

The Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) is offering a guide to the National Standards for Community Engagement, which aims to help with thinking about how to engage communities for recovery and renewal. It covers some of the issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic which are impacting on communities and which might make it more difficult for people to take part in engagement activity. It also points to useful resources and online tools that can help address these issues.

You can download the guidance from the Voice Scotland website.