CLDSC Member Bulletin – 12 May 2021

CLD Standards Council and Scottish Government Meeting

On 30th April, Alan Sherry, Chair of CLD Standards Council, held an introductory meeting with Joe Griffin, the new Scottish Government Director-General, Education and Justice.  During the meeting, Alan provided background on the CLD sector, discussed relevant issues for the CLD family and outlined the strategic objectives sought going forward. 

There are six directors-general who head up the Scottish Civil Service.  As director-general, Mr Griffin manages a number of directorates and agencies which support and implement Scottish Government legislation and policy. 


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 contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk and we will investigate.


Virtual Meet Up – 27 May 2021 1-2pm

Have you seen us mention our Slack workspace in previous newsletters? Wondering what it’s all about?  Come along to the May Members’ Virtual Meet-Up and find out how to make the most of the CLDSC Slack Workspace and channels. If you’d like to join Slack in advance of the session, email contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk for the link.

Sign up for the Virtual Meet-up on Eventbrite. 


National Numeracy Day – 19 May 2021

CLD Standards Council is proud to be a National Numeracy Day Champion! Alongside the charity National Numeracy, we are supporting children, young people and adults to feel confident about numbers.  National Numeracy Day raises awareness of the importance of numbers in everyday life.  

Check out  the National Numeracy Day webpage for a host of resources including links to apps, research and toolkits. You can follow the latest updates on Twitter using #NationalNumeracyDay


CLD Plan Webinars – Reminder

National partners are collaborating to offer a series of webinars focussed on tools and resources available to complement CLD planning processes.  
The webinars may be of interest to local authority officers, teams, and partners involved in producing CLD plans locally.

There is one session remaining:

Workforce Development – Tuesday 18th May, 15:00 – 16:30

  • This session, led by the CLD Standards Council, will focus on the requirements set out in the Workforce Development component of  CLD Plans Guidance Note (2021-24) with particular reference to: Providing practice placements for CLD students; Recruiting qualified CLD practitioners; and, Supporting the CLD workforce to benefit from engaging with the CLD Standards Council through registered membership.  

Register for the Workforce Development webinar on Eventbrite.


CLD Development Officer secondment opportunity available within Education Scotland

This 23 month secondment offers an exciting opportunity for an experienced and effective Community Learning and Development (CLD) practitioner to support regional and national CLD programmes as part of Education Scotland’s West locality team. They will also engage with key stakeholders from across local authorities, the voluntary sector and national partners. Applicants should hold a recognised Community Learning and Development Qualification, SCQF level 9 or above. Applications are welcomed from practitioners in the public or 3rd sectors. The closing date for this post is midnight on Monday 31st May.

Full application details and information are on the Education Scotland website.


Family Learning inspection report findings webinar
7 June 2021 2pm

This webinar will allow participants the opportunity to consider how Family Learning might be delivered differently taking into account current Covid-19 restrictions. It is aimed at the Community Learning and Development sector and those who work in schools. There will be opportunities for questions and self-reflection.  Register for the webinar on Eventbrite.


Fully funded Open University microcredential courses

Supported by the Scottish Funding Council Upskilling Fund, the OU is offering the opportunity to study a fully-funded microcredential course in a variety of subject areas.  The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for developing key skills and the OU are committed to supporting the upskilling and reskilling of individuals and organisations by offering a limited number of free places. There are a range of courses on offer which may be of interest to CLD practitioners including: 

  • Management of Uncertainty: Leadership, Decisions and Action 
  • Online Teaching: Accessibility and Inclusive Learning 
  • Online Teaching: Creating Courses for Adult Learners

For more information and details of how to apply see the The Open University website.

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 05 May 2021

Summer of Play funding

£15 million has been allocated to local authorities for the targeted provision of holiday activities, working alongside local partners. The priority for this £15m investment is to help address the negative impacts associated with extended periods of isolation and lack of participation in normal activities during the pandemic. It is to provide opportunities for them to socialise and reconnect with peers and others during the summer through delivery of a range of activities within local communities. 

Using a rights based approach will enable a broad range of children’s rights to be further realised during this time. This includes the right to play; freedom to meet up with friends and socialise; right to receive support to help them recover their health, dignity, self-respect and social life. It is also about making sure children and young people’s views are listened to and actively inform the next stages of the easing back towards normality.

A national marketing strategy is being developed to support this and will include a stakeholder toolkit that local partners can use to promote their own activities. Details will be shared once available.


Responsible or active citizens? Young people’s citizenship and the 2020 Scottish Exam results demonstrations

Dr Stuart Moir and his colleague at the University of Edinburgh are looking for some help in recruiting young people to take part in their research. 

This very short video will give some detail of their research. But, in summary, they are looking to interview any young people over 16 years old who took part in the SQA exam protests or campaigns.

As to the help, they would be grateful if you could share the link to the video on any social media platform or send it on to anyone young people that you think might have been involved in the protests or campaigns. Also to contacts, like teachers, who might know some young people who were involved. And if you can, encourage people to either take part in the research if it’s relevant to them, or to pass it on to their own relevant contacts. 


Re-starting your services safely Webinar
12 May 2021 2pm – 3.30pm

SCVO along with Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) and Public Health Scotland (the team behind the Supporting Communities Safely resource) invite you to join them for an overview of the very latest guidance as well as practical advice, tools and resources to help you get your service up and running safely.  Further information and registration details can be found on the SCVO website.


National Numeracy Day 19 May 2021

CLD Standards Council is proud to be a National Numeracy Day Champion! Alongside the charity National Numeracy, we are supporting children, young people and adults to feel confident about numbers.  National Numeracy Day raises awareness of the importance of numbers in everyday life.  There will be a host of free online events, videos and resources including inspirational stories and practical advice from real-life learners and celebrities including Rachel Riley, Martin Lewis and Bobby Seagull.

Have a browse of the National Numeracy Day webpage.  And follow the latest updates on Twitter using #NationalNumeracyDay

Scottish Government Survey On Role Of Volunteering And The Third Sector Response To Covid-19

This survey aims to understand more about the volunteer response from the perspectives of:

  • Local and national organisations working directly with volunteers
  • Third Sector Interfaces, Local Authorities, HSCPs and other ‘infrastructure’ organisations that have supported the volunteer response across an area or sector.

Your contribution to this research will help to understand the current situation for volunteering, and to identify and respond to emerging needs as we move into the next phase of the pandemic and recovery in Scotland. The survey data will also be used to support the UK-wide Mobilising UK Voluntary Action research project, led by Northumbria University, which is investigating the role of volunteering in the pandemic response. 

Scottish Government Survey On Role Of Volunteering And The Third Sector Response To Covid-19 survey is open until 23 May 2021 and results will be published in summer 2021.


Education Scotland Adult Learning Webinars

  • CLD Adult Learning Webinar – Wednesday 26th May 2021: 10am – 11am,. This webinar is for CLD Adult Learning practitioners or those with an interest. Highlights will include Maths Week Scotland, small grants fund, Glasgow Life Walking group adaptation and Nature Scotland, outdoor resources. Sign up for the CLD Adult Learning Webinar on Eventbrite.
  • CLD Adult Literacy Webinar – Wednesday 2nd June 2021: 10am – 11am. This webinar is for CLD Adult Literacy practitioners or those with an interest. Highlights will include City Of Glasgow Literacy App, Maths Week Scotland small grants fund & LEAD Scotland on accessibility information. Sign up for the CLD Adult Literacy Webinar on Eventbrite.
  • ESOL Practitioner Webinar – Wednesday 2nd June 2021: 1pm – 2pm. This webinar is for ESOL Practitioners and interested parties from all sectors. Guest presenters include Dundee ESOL Partnership, English Snacks Project – Edinburgh City CLD and Vocational ESOL partnership – City of Glasgow College and SDS. Sign up for the ESOL Practitioner Webinar on Eventbrite.

Virtual College Expo21

This year’s College Expo takes place on 9th and 10th June with a full programme of professional learning.  It’s free to attend. See the information and details of how to register on the College Expo website.


Development Trusts Association Scotland Annual Conference & AGM 2021

This year’s DTAS Annual Conference & AGM will take place virtually on Sunday 5th – Tuesday 7th of September over Zoom.  The theme this year will be Climate Action and bookings will open in July. Keep a look out for more details and follow #DTAS21 on Twitter.

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 28 April 2021

Happy Retirement, Colin Ross!

After over 40 years of service to the CLD sector, our colleague, Colin, retires this week.  Colin has had a significant impact on the quality and visibility of community learning and development throughout his career. Through his commitment to education and social justice, he has not only improved the quality of lives of those living in disadvantaged communities in Scotland; Colin’s influence can be felt across the UK and internationally through his voluntary work with the IACD.  


He is known by the CLDSC staff team as ‘The Wise Owl’ and we’ve been thinking about why that is.   According to that well known education website, Wikipedia, in Greece, the owl is often used as a symbol of knowledge, wisdom, prudence, perspicacity and erudition (we needed the dictionary for a couple of those!).  These words sum up Colin’s qualities and approach.  Colin is very self-effacing and doesn’t tend to claim credit or emphasise his own role.  That’s where we come in!  We want to say a big thank you to Colin for his Commitment, Leadership and Direction.  Have a long, happy and well-deserved retirement, Colin!


REMINDER – Project funding for work with refugees – information session for CLDSC members  
Tuesday 4th May, 4pm to 5.30pm

£2.8 million is available from the New Scots Refugee Integration Delivery Project for new projects spreading documented good practices and supporting innovation related to the New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy. A number of the funding topics have a clear CLD focus, relating particularly to ESOL and to  community development. There is scope to apply for grants from below £5,000 up to £115,000. Organisations including Community Groups, Local Authorities, and Social Enterprises can apply. The closing date for applications is 22nd May; for more information and details of how to apply, see the Scottish Government website.

Sign up for an information session with Jewels Lang, Communities Manager at the Scottish Refugee Council, on Tuesday 4th May, 4pm to 5.30pm. Sign up for the session on Eventbrite.


Manifesto Watch

With polling day in the Scottish Parliament Election approaching, good news from a CLDSC perspective is strong support for CLD in two of the main parties’ manifestos:

“We recognise that funding has been an issue at national and local level and, as well as increasing investment, we will review the statutory basis for community learning and development in order to strengthen provision and provide greater financial protection.” (SNP)

“While cuts have decimated [the CLD sector] with a considerable loss of expertise; the sector has been at the forefront of protecting communities during the height of the Covid-19 restrictions. In the aftermath of Covid-19, Scottish Labour believes that the sector has a vital role in supporting learning, development, training and support.” (Scottish Labour)

There are points of positive interest for CLD in the manifestos of all the main parties, in particular about the need to improve local democracy and strengthen communities. You can check them out at the links below.

Scottish Conservatives
Scottish Green Party
Scottish Labour Party
Scottish Liberal Democrats
SNP

SCVO have brought together information on and links to many of the manifestos being promoted by 3rd sector organisations: Holyrood 2021: what the voluntary sector wants – TFN.


Covid-19 Recovery Guidance for CLD Sector – Bookmark this page 

Education Scotland has created a new page on the National Improvement Hub to provide a single point of access COVID-19 recovery guidance and support for the CLD Sector. The page includes links to the most up to date Government guidance for the sector and the key national advice and support from national bodies within the sector. It also includes a range of further information, reading, case studies and links related to the roles of CLD during the pandemic and in supporting communities to recover and rebuild. This page will be updated as the advice develops so it will be worth checking regularly.


CLD Delivery Digital Survey

The Scottish Government recently announced a £0.5m investment in the community learning and development (CLD) workforce for the year 2021-22. This is primarily to support increased workforce skills and capacity to deliver digital CLD provision.  The Scottish Government have asked Education Scotland’s Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) to provide advice to ensure that this investment is used efficiently and effectively to support the CLD workforce in delivering high quality and effective digital approaches to CLD delivery. In particular, they are interested in: 

  • Organisational or system-wide barriers to developing the digital CLD offer and how these might be resolved;
  • Priorities that need to be addressed, such as workforce development or infrastructure; and 
  • Partnership working opportunities to achieve the best results. 

HMIE will gather information regarding approaches to the digital delivery of CLD through a survey of CLD practitioners and managers. In addition, professional dialogue with focus groups of staff and participants across the sector will explore this further, including what is working well.

The CLD Delivery Digital Survey is now open until midnight on Wednesday 5th May 2021.


Education Scotland STEM Grants Programme 2021-23 – now open for applications from the CLD sector

£400,000 is currently available through the national STEM Grants Programme to fund and support training and professional learning for learning practitioners involved in all aspects of STEM-related learning. Projects that target CLD practitioners have been identified as a priority area for this round of grants so this is a great opportunity to apply for support. Local bids of up to £3k per annum or larger partnership bids of up to £10k per annum will be considered. If you want to know more or discuss an idea for an application, then come along to one of the grant information drop-ins or speak to your Education Scotland contact. The closing date for applications is May 24th 2021.


What Scotland Learned seminar 25 May 2021, 4-5pm

At the start of the year Education Scotland produced What Scotland Learned 100 stories from lockdown showcasing examples from across Scotland including lots of CLD practice! There have been a series of seminars and the next one on the 25th May will focus on the theme of community as explored in the accompanying professional learning paper What Scotland Learned – building back better. Come along and hear about the work of kindness going on in North Ayrshire and the importance of community. North Ayrshire’s Director of Education and Communities will explore these themes through dialogue with a young person This seminar will be of interest to CLD practitioners in all practice areas. Register for the What Scotland Learned seminar on Eventbrite.


Digitally Kind Carnegie UK Report

Digitally Kind is a new resource from the Carnegie UK Trust, devised to help bridge the gaps between digital policy, process and practice to improve outcomes, and introducing kindness as a value to underpin an organisational approach. 

Based on workshops with over 40 practitioners and frontline staff, the report has been designed as a starting point to support organisations open up conversations around their use of digital in delivering services. Digitally Kind explores a range of technical, social and cultural considerations around the use of tech when working with individuals including: What existing internal policies and procedures impact the way staff interact with digital? Is new technology the default solution when issues arise in service delivery? Are ‘free’ technologies impact assessed in the same way as paid-for services? 


College Development Network Awards

The College Awards are now open for entries!  The Awards recognise the talent, innovation and achievement demonstrated by our colleges, their staff and their learners.  This  year, there is a new Community Learning award which recognises and celebrates the innovative and outstanding work of colleges and their community partners in the delivery of Community Based Learning opportunities.

The deadline for entries is Friday 2 July at 5pm, and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 9 December.  @ColDevNet  #CollegeAwards

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 21 April 2021

COVID-19 guidance for the Community Learning & Development sector

The updated guidance can be found on the Scottish Government website.

The guidance will take effect from 26 April and there is also an intention to review numbers for the lower levels in early May taking into account the course of the pandemic.


CLD, COVID-19 and leadership – next sessions 

There’s still time to sign up for the next sessions.  These are available for all CLDSC Members aiming to encourage you to pause, reflect and plan the next steps in your personal and professional CLD journey.

Pause and Reflect Thurs 22nd April 2021 4pm – 6pm Book Pause and Reflect session
Care and Wellbeing Thurs 13th May 2021 4pm – 6pm Book Care and Wellbeing session
Next Steps Thurs 20th May 2021 4pm – 6pm Book Next Steps session


Virtual Meet Up – Case Studies & Reflective Practice

The next members’ meet-up will be from 1-2pm on Tuesday 27th April. This meet-up will allow us to spend some time thinking about some of the key aspects of reflective practice, particularly around evidencing the impact of our work through the use of case studies. You can sign up for the Meet-up on Eventbrite.


CLD Plan Webinars

National partners are collaborating to offer a series of webinars focussed on tools and resources available to complement CLD planning processes.  

The webinars may be of interest to local authority officers, teams, and partners involved in producing CLD plans locally, and will commence in early May. Further information and registration details can be found on the Education Scotland CLD blog.


Project funding for work with refugees – information session for CLDSC members

Tuesday 4th May, 4pm to 5.30pm

£2.8 million is available from the New Scots Refugee Integration Delivery Project for new projects spreading documented good practices and supporting innovation related to the New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy. A number of the funding topics have a clear CLD focus, relating particularly to ESOL and to  community development. There is scope to apply for grants from below £5,000 up to £115,000. Organisations including Community Groups, Local Authorities, and Social Enterprises can apply. The closing date for applications is 22nd May; for more information and details of how to apply, see the Scottish Government website.

Sign up for an information session with Jewels Lang, Communities Manager at the Scottish Refugee Council, on Tuesday 4th May, 4pm to 5.30pm. Register on Eventbrite.


Local Democracy Lab Scotland

Friday 30 April 2021, 2-5pm

Do you want to discuss the condition of democracy in Scotland through the lens of present challenges?

Scotland Local Democracy Lab is an online public deliberation event which gathers people across Scotland to discuss their trust in democracy in the time of Covid-19 pandemic. It is organised as a part of the Populism and Civic Engagement (PaCE) project, an EU-funded research and innovation programme, aiming to understand and address the negative tendencies associated with populism politics. 

You are invited you to share your opinion about the condition of democracy and your trust in decisions made by public authorities. This knowledge will feed in the PaCE research findings and the outcomes will be widely disseminated among policymakers and researchers.

Everyone is encouraged to participate, including minorities, people with a migration background, of different educational and professional backgrounds. You are welcome to join if you:
•    are at least 16 years old
•    live in Scotland
•    enjoy sharing ideas and discussing them with others

You can register here.


National Numeracy Day 2021- Are you a numbers champion?

National Numeracy Day will take place on 19th May 2021.  Education Scotland and the Scottish Government will again participate as lead supporters of the campaign in the hope of encouraging all adults in Scotland to brush up on their numbers skills.

This year will celebrate numbers by hosting a virtual festival, packed full of practical advice from celebrities and experts, inspirational stories from real-life learners and a host of free online events and resources.  The festival will focus on three key themes; supporting children’s numeracy, managing your money and numeracy for work.

Get involved! 

When you sign up to be a National Numeracy Day Champion you will receive free, fun materials and resources to use and share, and join over 1,300 other Champions helping the nation to feel good about numbers.  All participants will have access to an online number skills checker called ‘The Challenge’ that will help signpost to resources to improve number skills.

To be a champion you could run an online event, you could circulate resources to learners/parents or you could just simply promote the campaign via social media to your partners and stakeholders.  

Since 2018, Scotland has had record numbers of community organisations, adult learning providers, schools and businesses signing up to be numeracy champions.

Find out more and sign up by visiting the National Numeracy website.


Adult Learning Entry Level Qualification survey

Learning Link Scotland, West College Scotland and Working 4U, West Dunbartonshire Council are currently developing a new entry level qualification for those working in or thinking about working in adult learning. The qualification would be at SCQF level 6, have three units and take 108 hours to complete.

They are aiming to find out what the interest would be in such a qualification and have created a very short survey to help collate that interest. Please click here to access the survey which should be completed by Friday 30th April if possible.


Scottish Charity Awards 

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is calling for charities and individuals across the country to apply for its annual charity awards.
Now in its 15th year, the Scottish Charity Awards highlight the best, most innovative and effective charity organisations and individuals from the past year, and celebrate those who make a difference in our communities.
Over the last 12 months the voluntary sector has never been more needed and has shown strength and resilience in supporting our communities against the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The charity awards are designed to celebrate the best of the voluntary sector. The award categories are Employee of the Year, Trustee of the Year, Community Action, Campaign of the Year, Charity of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Digital Citizens, Pioneering Project and Climate Conscious; with the winners to be decided by a panel of judges and announced on Friday 1 October.

CLD Standards Council is proud to sponsor the Community Action Award. Please nominate CLD practice in the voluntary sector across all categories. Nominations close 5pm Friday 14 May 2021.


CLD Talks Podcast

This week’s CLD Talks podcast features John Loughton, CEO of global leadership company Dare2Lead and the Founder of Scran Academy. John talks through his journey from running his first campaign when he was 11, becoming the Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, extra-curricular activities, starting off Dare2Lead and the outstanding work done by Scran Academy over the last year. 

This is the 10th episode and the final episode of Season 1!  You can catch up on everything at this link.


HM Inspector of Education vacancies

Education Scotland are currently seeking applications for HM Inspector of Education posts with a background in:
• Tertiary education (including colleges and work-based learning)
• Community Learning and Development (CLD).

Full application details are on the work for Scotland website.  Applications close 10 May 2021.


SDS Careers Scotland Survey

Skills Development Scotland is working with partners on a collaborative, evidence-based review of all careers services in Scotland.

The review will capture and respond to the views, needs and experiences of young people, parents, employers, teachers as well as experts in further and higher education.  It aims to ensure careers services are fit for purpose and future proofed and to provide recommendations for the implementation of all age career services across Scotland in line with Scotland’s Careers Strategy – Moving Forward report.

They are asking all organisations in Scotland that provide any career services to young people to complete a survey to find out about your organisation, the services you provide and your funding and evaluation.

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 14 April 2021

Wellbeing Sessions with Dr Karen Edge

The initial well-being, COVID-19 and leadership session was very well received.

That was a great session. Loving the relevant, practical development opportunities. Thank you for putting them on.

Quote from participant

The following three sessions are available for all CLDSC Members, aiming to encourage you to pause, reflect and plan the next steps in your personal and professional CLD journey.

Pause and Reflect Thurs 22nd April 2021 4pm – 6pm Book Pause and Reflect session
Care and Wellbeing Thurs 13th May 2021 4pm – 6pm Book Care and Wellbeing session
Next Steps Thurs 20th May 2021 4pm – 6pm Book Next Steps session


Virtual Member Meet Up

The next members’ meet-up will be at 13.00 on Tuesday 27th April. This meet-up will allow us to spend some time thinking about some of the key aspects of reflective practice, particularly around evidencing the impact of our work through the use of case studies. You can sign up for the Meet-up on Eventbrite.


Project funding for work with refugees – save the date of information session, Tuesday 4th May, 4 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

The New Scots Refugee Integration Delivery Project is a new programme supported by the European Union Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. £2.8 million is available for new projects spreading documented good practices and supporting innovation related to the New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy.

A number of the funding topics have a clear CLD focus, for example: “Projects improving access to and availability of appropriate language and literacies learning and practice which build refugees’ social connections”; and “Projects to enable the creation, development and participation of refugee-led community organisations”.

There are three levels of funding: small grant – up to £5,000; medium grant – £5,001 – £25,000; large grant – £25,001 – £115,000.

A wide range of organisations can apply, including Community Groups, Local Authorities, Public Bodies, and Social Enterprises. We are arranging an information session with Jewels Lang, Communities Manager at the Scottish Refugee Council, for CLDSC members on Tuesday 4th May, 4 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. – save the date and look out for booking details next week.

Jewels says: “This project presents an amazing opportunity to consolidate best practice and introduce innovative services across the full range of the New Scots Integration Strategy. The potential is there to make a real step change in refugee integration services to the benefit of refugees across Scotland.”

The closing date for applications is 22nd May; for more information and details of how to apply, see the Scottish Government website.


Children’s Human Rights, and CLD – Webinar Video

Following the vote by MSPs to make children’s human rights (as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) law in Scotland, the Children’s Parliament hosted a webinar about Children’s Human Rights and CLD. The aim of this event was to bring together experts in children’s human rights and CLD to consider, at this opportune moment, how we can draw connections between these two important fields of theory and practice.
Our own Dr Marion Allison was part of the panel discussion and you can watch the recording of the webinar on the Children’s parliament website.

You might also like to attend the Children in Scotland webinar on The Teenage Brain: implications for behaviour and learning – Thursday 22 April, 10.30am-12pm. This webinar will focus on the adolescent brain/how it develops. Key learning will include: – The impact of stress chemicals on behaviour and learning.
You can find more details and book your place on the Children in Scotland site. (Note there is a charge of £37.66 for this session).


Education Scotland CLD webinar: Family Learning inspection report, key messages and challenges

Taking place on 7 May 2021 from 2pm – 3pm, this webinar will explore the key messages from the national review of Family Learning that took place in early 2020. It will focus on the strengths and areas for development identified during the review and will explore lessons for practice post-Covid 19. There will be an input from HMIE and practitioners involved in the delivery of Family Learning. There will also be an opportunity for discussion.

Book your place on the webinar on Eventbrite.


HM Inspector of Education vacancies

Education Scotland are currently seeking applications for two HM Inspector of Education posts with a background in:
• Tertiary education (including colleges and work-based learning)
• Community Learning and Development (CLD).

Full application details are on the Work for Scotland website

The main purpose of the HM Inspector of Education role is to bring about improvement in standards and quality in education through external evaluative activities, identifying and disseminating highly-effective practice and building capacity to support continuous improvement. HM Inspectors of Education undertake a programme of scrutiny, including inspections across all education sectors. Please note: This role requires a significant amount of travel and staying and working away from home as Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Education are required to undertake scrutiny and inspection activity across all areas of Scotland.


Local Place Plans

The Scottish Government is developing detailed proposals for Local Place Plans (LPPs), introduced by the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 and intended to “offer the opportunity for a community led, but collaborative, approach to creating great local places”.
The Government is currently consulting on proposals for regulations which will cover the LPPs content, preparation, submission and registration; and on a draft ‘How to’ Guide (PDF) for community organisations (which the CLDSC has contributed to).
The deadline for responses on the proposed regulations is 25 June, with engagement activities taking place after 6 May. Development of the How to is continuing; comments on to Graham.Robinson@gov.scot, preferably also by 25 June.

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 07 April 2021

Updated Guidance for the CLD sector

The Scottish Government have updated the guidance on the following activities for the CLD sector on 6 April 2021

ActivityAge RangeConditions
Organised school holiday programmes which provide support to the most vulnerable young people.12–17 yearsMax group of 15 persons indoors and 15 outdoors including facilitators. Indoor activity should be limited to activity which cannot take place online or outdoors and is targeted at vulnerable young people.
Essential indoor support services for vulnerable young people.12–17 yearsMax of 15 persons including facilitators. Indoor activity should be limited to activity which cannot take place online or outdoors and is targeted at vulnerable young people.
Indoor adult learning.Over 18One to one services indoors only where essential support is required for vulnerable learners and there is no online alternative.
Outdoor adult learningOver 18In line with household restrictions.

View the full updated guidance on the Scottish Government website


Wellbeing Sessions with Dr Karen Edge

The first of our member sessions with Dr Karen Edge takes place on Thursday 8th April from 4 to 6pm. It is aimed at CLDSC members in leadership/management positions and will focus on CLD leadership.

Book your CLD Leadership place on Eventbrite.

The following three sessions are available for all CLDSC Members aiming to encourage you to pause, reflect and plan the next steps in your personal and professional CLD journey.

Session 2: Pause and Reflect Thurs 22nd April 2021 4pm – 6pm Book Pause and Reflect session
Session 3: Care and Wellbeing Thurs 13th May 2021 4pm – 6pm Book Care and Wellbeing session
Session 4: Next Steps Thurs 20th May 2021 4pm – 6pm Book Next Steps session


Virtual Member Meet Up

The next members’ meet-up will be at 13.00 on Tuesday 27th April. This meet-up will allow us to spend some time thinking about some of the key aspects of reflective practice, particularly around evidencing the impact of our work through the use of case studies. You can sign up for the Meet-up on Eventbrite.


Online professional learning opportunities

Remember that i-develop has lots of Professional Learning resources and information. Most recently added is the recording of the Education Scotland webinar from 19 March on Quality matters and blended learning.

Have a look at the list of over 40 free Open University courses that we think are relevant for CLD practice, some of just 2 hours of study. Or if you are looking for some thought provoking reading we have the Masters dissertations from members Ceri Hunter and Elisha Fisher, and the doctoral thesis from our own Dr Marion Allison.


Volunteering in ESOL Good Practice Framework Evaluation

Last year, CLDSC worked with Glasgow ESOL Forum and volunteer coordinators around Scotland to develop a Framework for Good Practice in Working with Volunteers in ESOL. If you have had the opportunity to engage with the framework -whether you have read it, shared with colleagues or used it to review your practice, they would be grateful if you could fill in this short survey with your thoughts.

Any feedback, however brief, will be useful.


World Community Development Conference 2021

Your chance to (virtually) visit Nairobi: the World Community Development Conference originally scheduled for 2020 is happening as an online event from 21st to 23rd June, with the theme Our Connectedness, Resilience and Empowerment.

For information and to register, go to WCDC 2021 (Registration fee: US $50).


CALL FOR PAPERS to ‘Build back Better’ from the Radical Community Work Journal

Full details on the call available on the TAG website with an abstract deadline of April 30th 2021

The Radical Community Work Journal is offering a space for academics, practitioners, and students to contribute to the discussion about how we, ‘build back better’ for its Summer 2021 issue. The editors write: ‘“As always, we are not looking for a definitive answer but invite thinking and writing which is challenging, thought provoking, inspirational and rooted in real life.” If you would like to be included in this upcoming issue, you will need to email an abstract of your paper (approx. 200 words) to editors@rcwjournal.org with the subject line “Building Back Better” by April 30th 2021.

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 31 March 2021

We’re recruiting! – Corporate Performance Officer

This post is responsible for leading a range of monitoring and evaluation projects, including those with a focus on our support for educational recovery. It is an exciting opportunity to work in a small, friendly team and apply your analytical skills to improve approaches to evaluation and use performance data to support improvement.

Specific duties include:

  • Lead monitoring and evaluation, data collection and data analysis projects. 
  • Designing qualitative and quantitative evidence gathering tools, such as questionnaires. 
  • Carrying out analysis of qualitative and quantitative data. 
  • Produce high quality reports based on your analysis to provide clear findings, recommendations and insight. 
  • Work collaboratively to define activities/outputs and outcomes (e.g. through logic modelling).
  • Develop realistic monitoring and evaluation plans based on business areas’ activities/outputs and outcomes.

For more information and to apply, view the Scottish Government webpage.

Closing date for applications Monday 5 April at midnight.


Climate Change Public Engagement strategy: CLDSC response

The Scottish Government consultation on its Climate Change – Net Zero Nation: draft public engagement strategy (Climate Change – Net Zero Nation: draft public engagement strategy – consultation – Scottish Government – Citizen Space) closes today (31st March). The CLD Standards Council has submitted a response highlighting the essential role of CLD in achieving the ambitions of the strategy for a “a society-wide transformation” – you can see the response here.

Thanks to all members who contributed to the response, either with written comments or through last month’s virtual meet-up.


Virtual Member Meet ups

We had another well-attended virtual meet-up last Friday, focusing on community development practice. Kathleen Glazik, Community Empowerment Team Leader in the Scottish Government, and Colette McGarva, Co-ordinator of the Community Development Alliance Scotland, responded to issues raised, including how to build on the positive lessons learnt from practice during the pandemic, and the need for support for a stressed workforce.

The next members’ meet-up at 13.00 on Tuesday 27th April will explore how we can use case studies creatively as a way of reflecting on our work as well as evidencing its impact. You can sign up on Eventbrite


CLDSC – Quiz Kirsty!

As the professional body for people who work or volunteer in Community Learning and Development, CLDSC exists to support practitioners in a variety of ways.  As a Registered Member or Associate Member, you have access to a range of member benefits and resources to support your opportunities for ongoing learning and development. 

Is your team/organisation is interested in …

  • finding out about available professional learning opportunities?
  • the ongoing benefits of CLDSC registration?
  • a whistle-stop tour of useful links/pages on our website and i-develop ?

Kirsty is available to join you virtually for an hour or so at times that suit you to go over all of the above and also cover any specific areas you’d like more information on.  While many staff/volunteers are already CLD Standards Council members, we also want to reach out to those who are not and support them to register.

If you’d like your team/organisation to quiz Kirsty on all things CLDSC, email contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk 


Supporting Professional Learning Together – Buddies & Mentors

First launched at our members’ conference in December, Supporting Professional Learning Together offers a range of support to CLD practitioners so you can share their ideas, make connections, expand networks and benefit from each other’s experience.  

  • CLDSC Buddies – are you a CLD practitioner who could share your experience?  Or are you newer to CLD practice and would like to chat with someone with more experience?  You could be buddies!  
  • CLDSC Peer Mentor – a professional development opportunity offering support and challenge to/from a peer.  
  • CLDSC Professional Learning Verifiers – would you like support to discuss your career development?  Or could you help a CLD practitioner reflect on and record professional learning and verify it for CLDSC registration and re-registration purposes?  

Complete this survey to let us know what you are interested in and we will channel our inner Cilla Black to match you up!

Interested but not yet a CLDSC member?  Join CLDSC today! 

We’re ALL Connectors!  Make the most of networks and communities of practice – in person, on social media, online by using the hashtag: #CLDSCConnector


Fairer Futures Learning CLD workshop – 21 April 2pm

Education Scotland & Glasgow Science Centre invite CLD practitioners to join an interactive workshop session to consult on the development of their new learning pack ‘Fairer Futures’. This learning pack invites adult learners and youth groups to have their say in designing Scotland’s path to a greener future. Through discussion based activities, learners will explore different human perspectives and technologies that can help us create a future that is fair for all as we move away from fossil fuels. 

The session will highlight the contents of the pack and discuss definition/glossary guide (to ensure all terms are understood and covered), locality of the pack and future developments for the pack. This links with COP26 and is a really easy to use resource so good for those not confident in discussion climate change as well as activists who are.

Fairer Futures Learning Resources Consultation Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 24 March 2021

CLDSC Alumni of previous members

The CLD Standards Council is delighted to announce that we will be offering members the option to become part of our Alumni if they end their membership of the CLD Standards Council due to retirement or change of career.

Being part of the Alumni means you would continue to receive the weekly newsletter, take part in meet-ups and could volunteer to be a buddy for a newer member. 
Alumni will be required to confirm their ongoing commitment to the CLD values and code of Ethics.

We will invite resigning members to join the Alumni and we hope that they will take up the offer and continue to support the CLD Standards Council and CLD profession by sharing their skills, knowledge and expertise.


CLDSC Practice Placement Guidance Academic Year 2020/21

Due to the continuing Covid-19 situation, we have updated our Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions documents relating to CLD Practice Placements in Academic Year 2020/21.  This Guidance relates to placements for those studying CLDSC approved qualifications through the Professional or Developmental Approvals routes.   For the 2020-21 academic year, in order to avoid compounding disadvantage for students, it has been agreed through the Joint Education Training Standards (JETS) Approvals group that a flexible reduction of up to 25% in placement hours be granted across the full length of any programme provided that students have gained a consistent pass in previous practice assessments (where applicable) and are considered fit to continue practising. As well as a flexible reduction in placement hours, flexibility has also been built into what constitutes placement activities. The aim is still for students to complete 100% of required placement hours and activities as normal.  

Please see the Placement Guidance webpage for more details.


Members meet-up Monday 29th March – what are your current Community Development practice issues?

There’s still time to book to attend the next members’ meet-up on Monday 29th March from 1 till 2 p.m. Share your experiences of CD practice over the last year, your ideas on what we can learn from these, and your ambitions as more space for community activities opens up. Discuss what support for CD practice is needed and where the CLD Standards Council fits into that. Book your place on Eventbrite

Kathleen Glazik, Community Empowerment Team Leader in the Scottish Government, and Colette McGarva, Co-ordinator of the Community Development Alliance Scotland, will be taking part in the discussion and responding to issues raised.


Children’s Parliament Panel Event – 30th March

Join our Director Marion Allison on 30th March 11am-12noon at the Children’s Parliament Panel Event to explore the links between Scotland’s Children’s Human Rights and CLD. Two weeks after MSPs voted to make children’s rights law in Scotland, this event is the first of its kind. Register on Eventbrite


National Occupational Standards Reviews – Consultations now open

Are you involved in delivering/managing Career Development/Guidance and/or Learning & Development?  If so, we want your views!

We are carrying out a review of two National Occupational Standards (NOS) suites –  Career Development/Guidance and Learning & Development.  NOS specify the standard of performance an individual must achieve when carrying out a function in the workplace, together with the knowledge and understanding they need to meet that standard consistently. Essentially NOS are benchmarks of good practice with each NOS defining one key function in a job role.  NOS also influence the design and content of training programmes.

The standards are applicable across the United Kingdom, we are working with a range of national and local organisations from Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales during the review process.

An initial review has now been undertaken and we would like your input on the proposed changes.  If you have an interest in the delivery of either of these areas, please complete the relevant survey.  We are seeking views from employers, training organisations and practitioners, so please circulate to your networks.

Learning & Development NOS Review Survey
Career Development NOS Review Survey

The surveys will be open until Monday 19 April 2021.


Accessible Messages about Cyber Resilience – Lead Scotland survey and support programme

Technology has never been more essential and equally it is ever more important to learn how to stay safe online. Lead Scotland highlight that many of the key messages about cyber resilience such as internet scams and creating strong passwords presume that we are confident readers who will be able to understand abstract concepts and relate them to our own experience. Some people need this critical information in more accessible formats, and some staff and volunteers want to feel knowledgeable and confident to be able to support others to stay safe online. 

Richard Lochhead MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science commented on Lead’s work, highlighting the role of CLD: “The Scottish Government’s Strategic Framework for a Cyber Resilient Scotland commits us to supporting people to know the cyber risks they face and be well prepared to manage them. Guidance must be accessible to all so I am pleased that Scottish Government funding will help Lead Scotland to coordinate this important work. I ask that community learning and development partners play their part in ensuring that these materials reach as many people as possible.”

To help the planning of a programme of work to meet these needs, Lead Scotland is working with partners to produce a range of alternative formats and a programme of training sessions for 2021-22. You can help Lead understand how they could support your staff and the people you work with to stay safe online by responding to their Accessible Messages Survey before 31 March.


Interesting articles from the latest Times Educational Supplement

How to use body language when delivering learning in a mask  – when facial expressions are obscured and your voice is muted by a covering, other body language becomes key, find some tips on using it well. 

As the world reacted to Harry and Meghan’s explosive interview about racism in the Royal Family, this might be a good moment for us to explore our own work around racial equality.

Your CLDSC membership provides you access to the full stories on TES. 
You will find the access details on the Members Benefits area of i-develop.
You will need to login to access this information as it is a member only benefit.

If you have any problems accessing please email contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk And remember reading and reflecting on what you might take from an article can count towards your Professional Learning hours!

Guidance for CLD students and programme providers for academic year 2020/21

Please see the following advice from the CLD Standards Council Scotland (CLDSC) in response to the disruption to delivery of CLDSC approved programmes caused by the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. Due to these exceptional and rapidly changing circumstances, this guidance is intended to manage and minimise disruption to CLD students attending Scottish Further Education Institutions (FEIs) and Higher Education institutions (HEIs) whilst seeking to ensure that the quality of CLD learning programmes is not compromised.

This is the guidance updated as of March 2021

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 17 March 2021

Covid-19 CLD Guidance Updated

On 10 March 2021, the First Minister announced that from the 12 March organised activities for young people between the ages of 12 and 17 can take place outdoors for groups of 15 people. This number is inclusive of participants and facilitators.

In addition, the revised guidance highlights that many CLD staff are considered to be key workers and Local Authorities should evaluate the activities of CLD staff providing services to young people, adults, communities and families and consider if these roles are aligned to the categories described in the guidance overview. 


1:1 Digital Coaching Opportunity

In conjunction with Education Scotland and Know you More, we have secured places to offer 1:1 digital coaching to Local Authority CLD Managers who are CLDSC members. The offer is part of the  package of support opportunities which is funded through the £1.5 million allocate by Scottish Government to help manage additional pressures on the education workforce as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

What this coaching  can offer you:

This digital coaching programme (4×30 minute sessions) has been designed to support you with any of the issues you are facing during these challenging times, and because we know that work and life are not separate there will be space to talk about personal as well as professional issues.  The coaching is delivered by practitioners, all of whom have experience of working and coaching within education. You will meet your coach online using a video conferencing face-to-face tool that suits you and your coach.

Your coach will first work with you to clarify what you want to focus on and the difference you intend to make for yourself through coaching. They will work alongside you to help you achieve your goal, tailoring the journey to suit you by using the process, skills and tools that will support you best. There is no ‘one right way’ for this kind of dialogue to work. You and your coach can work together with as much or as little structure as you wish, and decide the balance of reflection and pragmatic action that suits your needs.  You are likely to conclude your coaching with new ways of understanding yourself and your situation, clarity as to how you can play to your strengths and further strategies available to you for staying on track.

This is a pilot and in the first instance is available to Local Authority CLD managers who are CLDSC members.  For more info please contact Mandy.Toogood@educationscotland.gov.scot


JETS Update

CLDSC have a lead role in the UK wide Joint Education Training Standards (JETS) committees.  The JETS  meets to share good practice, to develop commonality of approach, and to take joint action on any issues and concerns. The primary responsibilities of the Education Training Standards committees are to validate and endorse courses leading to qualification in professional and pre-professional youth work (and for CLD in Scotland) in their respective jurisdictions. 

The latest virtual meeting of JETS was held on 9 March 2021 and was hosted by our colleagues in Wales. Key topics on the agenda:

  • Update on COVID 19 Guidance and Placements provided by each nation.  There are no major changes to information available and there is an agreement that each nation informs the others if they are intending to make major changes and discuss to ensure that mutual recognition agreement is not adversely affected. Mutual Recognition across the UK and Ireland Professional (higher education) qualifications are recognised in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland as long as the programme of study has been professionally validated/approved by the NYA (England), ETS Wales or the Joint ETS for Northern Ireland and Ireland and CLD Standards Council Scotland. This mutual recognition agreement was arranged by Joint Education Training Standards Committee (JETS).  
  • Creating a database for Practice Placement providers: Discussion for each Nation to explore creating a database of the quality placements/practice supervisors/mentors across their own area and in long term to share this across UK & Ireland. 

The JETS Group meet at least twice a year and we will keep you updated on any discussions/actions. 


Educating the Informal Educator Survey

Dr Annette Coburn, Dr Edward Beggan (both University of the West of Scotland) and Dr Sinead Gormally (University of Glasgow) are undertaking a research study to gather the views of current students and graduates on their experience of Community Learning & Development or Community & Youth Work higher education programmes. It asks about learning, teaching and assessment experiences to better understand how these are used in practice. If you are a current student or graduate of CLD higher education programme, they’re looking for your input.  You can complete the survey here.


CLDSC response to Account Commission Consultation

The CLDSC has submitted a response to the Accounts Commission’s consultation on its priorities and work programme for 2021 and beyond, advocating a strong focus on community empowerment and lifelong learning in the Commission’s work.

The Accounts Commission is “the public spending watchdog for local government”, holding councils in Scotland to account and helping them improve.


Investing in Volunteers Standards Launch 24th March 2021 2-3.30pm

Volunteer Scotland is working with partners across the UK to launch the Investing in Volunteers (IiV) quality standard for good practice in volunteer management.  It provides a framework to assess the quality of volunteer management and involvement, prove and improve the effectiveness of work with volunteers, and enhance the organisation’s reputation.  

See more about IiV here and Register on Eventbrite for the launch.


SQA seeks views on 2021 Appeals Process

SQA has published a consultation on the appeals process for 2021 National 5, Higher, and Advanced Higher courses.  The consultation is open until 26 March and they want to hear from teachers, lecturers, training providers, employers, and other stakeholders including parents, carers and learners themselves, to inform the final proposals.  More details on the appeals process can be found here


Inclusion Scotland – Disabled People’s Question Time

14 April 6-7.30pm

On Thursday 06 May 2021, Scotland will elect a new Scottish Parliament. Inclusion Scotland has created an opportunity to ask candidates what the new Parliament will mean for disabled people.  

Disabled People’s Question Time will give attendees the opportunity to hear direct from leading politicians from Scotland’s main political parties on how they plan to make a difference for Scotland’s disabled people over the next five years.  Inclusion Scotland’s Rights and Renewal manifesto for the Scottish Parliament elections includes ‘Five Asks’ for the next Scottish Parliament: 

1.    Incorporate the UN Convention on Rights of Disabled People into Scots Law to fully promote, protect and realise our human rights.
2.    Recognise social care support as a fundamental basic right with the same criteria wherever you live.
3.    Ensure equal access to education and jobs for disabled people, particularly disabled young people.
4.    Use Scottish Social Security powers to help reduce the number of disabled people living in poverty.
5.    Involve us, the experts in our own lives, in making post Covid-19 Scotland better for disabled people.

The event will be chaired by leading journalist Pennie Taylor. The panel will include a representative from each of the five parties elected in the last Scottish Parliament.  Those who sign-up to Disabled People’s Question Time, will be sent information in advance of the event on how they can submit questions for the panellists. Register on Eventbrite.