CLDSC Member Bulletin – 18 May 2022

CLD Digital Competence Review – share your views!

Our online survey aimed at gathering your views on how best to ensure that digital skills, knowledge and competence is embedded and visible across our Competent Practitioner Framework is now open.

Image of cover of the Competent Practitioner Framework booklet

This is one of the priorities highlighted by Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Youth Employment and Training, in the CLD Digital Investment funding announcement made in December 2021 where we were asked to

  • develop national guidance that sets out clear principles for digital delivery, and how to support improved infrastructure for digital approaches.
  • develop a set of digital competences for CLD mapped within the CLDSC’s Competence Framework

We held a series of focus groups in March and based on feedback from those, we are now asking CLD practitioners in all settings, including adult learning, community development and youth work, to participate in an online survey. Tell us how you currently use digital or how you’d like to use it, as well as what support CLDSC can offer to help implement digital into your practice.

You don’t have to be a member of CLDSC to complete the survey, so please tell your colleagues and networks. And you don’t need to have a digital focus in your role either – we want to hear from everyone!

CLD Digital Competence Survey should take around 10-20 mins to complete and will be open until Friday 27 May 2022.


Virtual members’ Meet-up 6 June 1-2pm

Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) will be hosting our monthly virtual members’ meet up session for us in June. KSB will introduce their community engagement and learning programmes that support their vision for a clean, green sustainable Scotland. They will demonstrate the Climate Emergency Toolkit for Youth Workers, discussing effective methods of communicating the climate emergency to a youth audience, and considering ways in which the toolkit can be adapted for a range of CLD learners and communities.

Find out more and sign up for the Meet-up on EventBrite.


Educator Leadership Programme

Growing from the success of the Teacher Leadership Programme (TLP); the new Educator Leadership Programme (ELP) welcomes applications from Early Learning and Childcare practitioners, Community Learning and Development practitioners and classroom teachers. By bringing together educators skills and experience from across sectors the Educator Leadership Programme creates space to collaborate and share practice, while keeping the learner experience at the centre through a focus on practitioner enquiry. Why not have a look at some of the Enquiry Posters on flickr from previous TLP participants?

The programme is designed to offer participants more flexibility and choice with two cycles of enquiry over the course of the year. Participants may choose to complete both enquiry cycles or only the first cycle.

Diagram of the programme cycles and pathways

Applications open on MONDAY 16th MAY at 09:00 and close at 23:45 on MONDAY 13th JUNE 2022. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of June 2022.

You can find out more about the programme on the Educator Leadership Programme website This recruitment video tells you a bit about the programme and there is also a slightly longer video with more explanation and details about the structure.


Building Racial Literacy (BRL)

Applications for the national anti-racist professional learning programme, Building Racial Literacy, are also now open. There will be two cohorts, starting in August and December respectively, made up of 40% system leaders (members of staff from Education Scotland, GTCS, SQA, ITE, local authority officers, RIC leads and headteachers) and 60% educators (middle leaders, class teachers, ELC & CLD practitioners). Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants and applicants from local authorities not previously involved will be prioritised.

To find out more about the programme, please watch this video on Youtube and visit the Building Racial Literacy Programme website.

And for more BRL professional learning opportunities, read on …

BRL+ Webinar Series

Starting in June, the BRL+ webinar series explores anti-racism in Scottish education and is an extension of the Building Racial Literacy professional learning programme. BRL+ will bring together some new collaborators as well as showcase innovative ideas and good practice from previous participants on the Building Racial Literacy programme. There are 3 webinars planned in June:


OU Microcredentials – Last chance for a free place!

There’s still time to apply for a fully funded place on The Open University in Scotland’s (OUiS) online learning Microcredentials for those working in the CLD sector.
The courses on offer are:

  • Online Teaching: Creating Courses for Adult Learners
  • Online Teaching: Evaluating and Improving Courses
  • Online Teaching: Accessibility and Inclusive Learning
  • Teacher Development: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum
  • Online Teaching: Embedding Social, Race and Gender-Related Equity

These courses are at postgraduate level and will start in June 2022 and run for 12 weeks. For more information and to apply, please visit OUiS Microcredentials for CLD.
Make sure you submit your application before the end of May 2022.

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 11 May 2022

Thanks! CLDSC Members Short Survey – Planning for 2022

We would like to say a huge thanks to every one of our members who participated in completing the CLDSC Members Short Survey that closed for response on Friday 29th of April. We received approximately 200 completed responses to the survey.
The survey results are crucial for us to understand the views of our members on activities that took place across 2021, and to inform forward planning into 2022 and onwards – so that our work continues to reflect the needs of our members.

Here are a few examples of positive comments that were noted already from the free textbox areas:

Question: What additional CLDSC members services (if any) do you feel would be of benefit to your professional development?

Responses
‘Promotion of the Professional Induction Programme and Professional Review Process’
‘Local area CLDSC meetings’
‘Continued aware raising and importance of being a CLDSC member, also the benefits of membership’

General Feedback

Responses
‘The CLDSC offer an invaluable service and continued support to CLD practitioners across Scotland’
‘Wellbeing activities were much appreciated at the time of most stress but actually I also felt more connection to the CLDSC and CLD colleagues as a result’
‘I can’t wait to get back to some in person events!’


Scotland’s new Adult Learning Strategy

This week sees the much anticipated launch of Scotland’s first Adult Learning Strategy by the Scottish Government. The strategy delivers on a 2019 Programme for Government and sets out Scottish Government’s ambitions for Adult Learning over the next five years. A launch event (in person and virtual) will be held on 29 June. An Easy Read version of the strategy is available and alternative formats are available upon request.

Adult Learning strategy for Scotland 2022-2027 Creating positive pathways for improved life chances image

Virtual College Expo22 – Speakers Announced

The Virtual College Expo22 will take place on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 June 2022 with the theme: Rewrite the College Story: Learning Experiences, Skills Development, Anchoring Communities.

Keynote speakers include well-known Scottish actor Danielle Jam; Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Youth Employment and Training; Fiona Robertson, Chief Executive of SQA; and Dr Mike Cantlay OBE, Chair of the Scottish Funding Council.

Follow on Twitter @ColDevNet using #CollegeExpo22

View the programme and book your free place.


Scottish Charity Awards – finalists announced!

The Scottish Charity Awards recognise and celebrate the best that Scotland’s voluntary sector has to offer and CLD Standards Council is proud to be sponsoring the Community Action Award at this year’s #ScotCharityAwards. The Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday 15 June 2022 with the winners being announced on the night. View all 44 finalists and learn about the positive impact they have been making !
Meantime, members of the public can vote for their favourite overall entry in the People’s Choice Award. You only have one vote – so make it count, and vote for your favourite today!

Scottish Charity Awards 2022 Community Action Award Sponsored by CLD Standards Council Scotland SCVO

SCQF Online Workshops

Two SCQF workshops taking place online in June are open to CLD practitioners:

Would You Credit It? Thurs 9th June 2022, 10:00am – 4:00pm

This online workshop (split into 2 x 2 hour sessions) is designed to support individuals and organisations who are developing, or who already have, a learning programme which they are considering having Credit Rated for the SCQF. This workshop is aimed at organisations who are in the process of developing a learning programme and are considering having it Credit Rated for the SCQF.

My Skills, My Future Thurs 16th June 2022, 10:00am – 3:00pm

An interactive online workshop (split over a morning and afternoon session) for those wishing to use the ‘My Skills, My Future’ suite of resources to support individuals in identifying the skills they have gained from other experiences outwith formal qualifications. This workshop is aimed at those involved with Community Learning, Developing the Young Workforce, or who provide careers advice and guidance. It helps advisers become familiar with, and understand the benefits of, the ‘My Skills, My Future’ resources in order to use them to help and guide a wide range of individuals.


Neurodiversity Training Programme: Summer 2022

Salvesen Mindroom Centre are delighted to announce the launch of their 2022 summer training programme. Details are provided below:

Course name: It Takes All Kinds of Minds: Supporting neurodivergent children and young people
Date: 26th May 2022 at 10.00 am – 16.00 pm

Course name: It Takes All Kinds of Minds: Supporting neurodivergent children and young people
Date(s): 8th, 9th & 15th of June 2022 at 15.00 pm – 17.00 pm
Notes: This course will be delivered over three sessions and participants will be required to attend all sessions.

Course name: Neurodiversity and why it matters
Date: 31st of May 2022 10.30 am – 12.00 pm

Course name: A very brief history of neurodiversity (Free webinar)
Date: 7th of June 2022 at 14.00 pm – 14.30 pm

Course name: Hidden in plain sight: Neurodiversity, Women & Girls
Date: 9th of June 2022 at 10.00 am – 13.30 pm

Course name: Introduction to supporting neurodivergent employees
Date: 23rd of June 2022 at 10.00 am – 12.30 pm

Course name: Introduction to Universal Design for Learning
Date: 29th of June 2022 at 10.00 am – 13.30 pm

Coming soon
Introduction to supporting disclosure
Challenging stereotypes: Alternative presentations of autism

Please note – there are fees for some of this training.
For further information or to book a place please visit the Salvesen Mindroom Eventbrite page.


Mental Health Awareness Week 9-15 May 2022

Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event with an opportunity to focus on achieving good mental health.

The theme this year is loneliness and the aim of the week is to raise awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental wellbeing and the practical steps we can take to address it. During Mental Health Week use the hashtag #IveBeenThere to share experiences of loneliness to support others.

Please make the most of our member offers to link with colleagues from across Scotland.

You can also sign up to walk, run or jog as part of the 80 miles in May challenge and share your photos using #80MilesinMay and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.

  • NHS Inform – Healthy Living has information on what you can do to look after your mental and physical wellbeing.
  • Breathing Space has a helpline which is open Monday-Thursday from 6pm-2am and Friday-Monday from 6pm-6am. Call free on 0800 83 85 87.
  • The Mind mental health charity helpline is open Monday-Friday 9am-6pm. Call 0800 123 3393.

STOP PRESS Digital Competence Survey – We need your views!

As you may know, CLD Standards Council is undertaking a review to ensure that digital skills, knowledge and competence is embedded and visible across our Competent Practitioner Framework. This is one of the priorities highlighted by Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Youth Employment and Training, in the CLD Digital Investment funding announcement made in December 2021.
We held a series of focus groups in March and based on feedback from those, we now want to offer an opportunity for CLD practitioners in adult learning, community development and youth work settings to participate in an online survey.
We want to hear your views and all CLD practitioners (staff and volunteers across all areas of delivery) are encouraged to participate.
The CLD Digital Competence Survey should take around 10-20 mins to complete and will be open until Friday 27 May 2022.

CLDSC Member Bulletin – 04 May 2022

CLDSC Member Benefits

As members of the CLD Standards Council, there are benefits available to all of you that we wanted to remind you of. Whether you’re an Associate or Registered member, you have the following benefits at your fingertips.

Top Ten Member Benefits:

  • monthly virtual member meet-ups (see below article for the next meet up)
  • a members’ slack space
  • an annual members’ conference
  • buddying and mentoring
  • free online access to Times Educational Supplement Scotland Magazine (requires you to be logged in to i-Develop)
  • membership of Scotland-wide University and College Libraries
  • access to Scottish Council of Development and Industry (SCDI) development & industry materials and events
  • access to funded places at professional learning events and programmes
  • opportunities to join CLD Standards Council committees and / or working groups
  • i-develop access to member only areas

We’d really encourage all of you to take advantage of the above and to get in touch with us at contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk if you have any questions about any of the CLD Standards Council member benefits or if you are having difficulty logging into your i-develop account


Virtual Member Meet-up – 5 May 2022, 1-2pm

Last chance to register for our May Member Meet Up.

Join us to hear about how CLD practitioners in North Lanarkshire Council implemented the Youth Guarantee Programme to support CLD employment. For the past year, North Lanarkshire Council’s CLD team employed 19 CLD Assistant Support Workers (ASW’s) aged between 16 and 24 years for one year’s paid employment under the Youth Guarantee Programme. Each employee worked in all areas of CLD and had a robust training schedule. All but one ASW has continued onto a positive destination.

This session will showcase the ASW’s learning journey and what the evaluation has shown. Join us to find out more.  

Register for the May Virtual Member Meet Up on Eventbrite.


University of Dundee – Community Education Symposium

The University of Dundee, School of Education and Social Work’s Annual Community Education Symposium took place on Tuesday 3rd of May. 

This event showcased community-based research and innovative practice, with final year undergraduate students presenting their research projects alongside Community Education academics. Furthermore, a number of Masters’ students at the University led on lightening talks to discuss their experiences of undertaking impactful Community Education Practice. Key note speakers included Alison Urie, Community Development Practitioner of Vox Liminis and Dr Alan Mackie, lecturer within the Community Education team at the University of Dundee.

These inspiring presentation and discussion sessions included topics ranging from stigma and recovery, men’s perspectives on violence against women, adult learning and social inequalities, innovative community-based pedagogies, the impact of community-based ESOL classes, youth-led community arts, care-experienced young people moving to accommodation, global community perspectives on climate change, and many more.

A selection of photos from a CLD focussed storyboard shared at the event can be found below!

It’s great to share our expertise and learning; Connecting as human beings
We should do more to raise our profile; Let’s celebrate what we achieve

SCDC Participation / Appeals Process Event – 11 May 2022 An appealing prospect – appeals process for participation requests exploratory event

The Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) is inviting community organisations, public bodies and other interested organisations and individuals an online event on 11 May 2022, 9:30am-2:30pm. This will explore how participation requests – a way that communities can request to work with public bodies to improve outcomes or services – could be supported by reviews or appeals.

The purpose of this online event is to share findings so far, based on the deliberations of a working group. This group met twice in February 2022 and consisted of both community organisations with experience of making participation requests and public agencies who deal with participation requests. Draft findings have focused on principles behind an appeals mechanism and proposals for both local reviews and appeals to Ministers. There have also been draft proposals around improved practice guidance for participation requests and discussion regarding other forms of scrutiny. This event will offer the chance to discuss these findings and also to further shape them before they are brought together and fed back to the Scottish Government. 

Find out more and sign up at SCDC website.


Communities Channel Scotland

The Communities Channel Scotland was developed by Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) with funding from the Scottish Government.  It was launched in 2014 as a place where community groups could find information, ideas and inspiration to help them achieve their aims. The website was refreshed recently, with the aim of making it even easier for you to find and share useful content. There’s plenty of new stuff too, including a series of hot topic sections focused on covid-19, climate change, human rights and other pressing issues. You’ll also find useful resources, accessible guides to relevant policy and great examples of community groups in action.

The website also hosts the Social Impact Pledge, a Scottish Government initiative which asks public sector organisations across Scotland to commit to increasing their social impact by committing to changing three aspects of their current operations or policies.


Scotland’s Census 2022

The census collection period will now continue until the end of May 2022 to ensure everyone is included.  

Households can complete their questionnaire online, but they still have the opportunity to request paper forms to complete through the contact centre (0800 030 8308). Other support such as being able to complete over the telephone, and language support and accessibility assistance is also available. Updated assets have been added to the stakeholder promotional materials such as the toolkit, advertising campaign, social media assets (@ScotCensus2022, using #ScotlandsCensus2022) and the latest TV advert.


CLDSC Member Bulletin – 27 April 2022

CLDSC Members Survey – Planning for 2022 – last few days!

Only a few more days to tell us your views on the work undertaken by the CLDSC over 2021, and to help us shape future planning for 2022. 

The survey will only take around 5 minutes to complete and will close on Friday, 29th April 2022. Please share your thoughts!


Virtual Member Meet-up – 5 May 2022, 1-2pm

Sign up to hear about how CLD practitioners in North Lanarkshire Council implemented the Youth Guarantee Programme to support CLD employment. For the past year, North Lanarkshire Council’s CLD team employed 19 CLD Assistant Support Workers (ASW’s) aged between 16 and 24 years for one year’s paid employment under the Youth Guarantee Programme. Each employee worked in all areas of CLD and had a robust training schedule. All but one ASW has continued onto a positive destination.

This session will showcase the ASW’s learning journey and what the evaluation has shown. Join us to find out more.  

Register for the May Virtual Member Meet Up on Eventbrite.


Adult Learning Strategy Launch events – postponed

Unfortunately, both launches of the Adult Learning Strategy, due to be held on 10th and 11th May 2022, will be postponed. Those who have booked places will be contacted by the organisers.

The date and information about a new event will follow.  


SCQF – Changes to Higher Education Tariff Tables

In July 2021, UCAS launched a consultation into a number of proposals relating to the information made available about qualifications and their use in progression to Higher Education (HE). Based on feedback received through the consultation and additional engagement with UCAS’ Qualifications Advisory Group, UCAS will be implementing a range of changes.

Significant to  the CLD sector is the recognition that all SCQF level 6 qualifications are to be included from May 2022 for HE applicants starting courses in summer 2023. This will support widening access and participation, giving learners from a wider range of backgrounds the opportunity to consider HE. You can find out more on the SCQF blog.

Source: SCQF

OU Microcredentials – Free Places available now!

There’s still time to apply for a fully funded place on The Open University in Scotland’s (OUiS) online learning Microcredentials for those working in the CLD sector.

The courses on offer are:

  • Online Teaching: Creating Courses for Adult Learners
  • Online Teaching: Evaluating and Improving Courses
  • Online Teaching: Accessibility and Inclusive Learning
  • Teacher Development: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum
  • Online Teaching: Embedding Social, Race and Gender-Related Equity

These courses are at postgraduate level and will start in June 2022 and run for 12 weeks. For more information and to apply, please visit OUiS Microcredentials for CLD.

The deadline for applications is Sunday, 15 May 2022.


Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS) Conference

Save the Date! The DTAS Conference is back in person on 4th and 5th September 2022 at The Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld. The theme is Gather, Connect and Thrive. Check out the DTAS website for updates on the programme and registration. 


LinkedIn Free Professional Learning

The Scottish Digital Academy, through its partnership with Skills Development Scotland is delighted to provide free access to LinkedIn Learning until the end of July 2022.

This professional learning opportunity is funded by the Scottish Government.

  • You’ll have unlimited access to more than 16,000 expert-led videos
  • With videos starting at a few minutes long, you can learn on the move
  • You’ll have access to course collections we’ve built to help you get started
  • You’ll be able to download exercise files, assessments and video transcripts to support your learning
  • You can even download videos to view offline

Courses include (but are not limited to): Leadership, Agile, Design Thinking, Educational Technology, Instructional Design, Visual Communication, Building Design, Power BI.

If you’re 25 or over and live in Scotland, working in the public or third sector, you’re eligible for unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning until 31 July 2022.

To access the resource, register on the LinkedIn Learning – Scottish Digital Academy website.

Free access is being run as a pilot to gauge interest and to measure the value and impact, before considering a longer term arrangement.


CLDSC Member Bulletin – 20 April 2022

CLDSC Members Survey – Planning for 2022

The CLDSC is conducting a survey to understand the views of members on the work undertaken by the CLDSC over 2021, and to inform future planning into 2022. We would greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your views with us.

The survey will only take around 5 minutes to complete and will close on Friday, 29th April 2022. Please share your thoughts!


CLDSC Development Officer Vacancy – closing date 24 April 2022

Last few days to get your applications submitted to join our team as our new Workforce Development Officer! The Development Officer will lead the development of workforce proposals to highlight and modernise CLD career pathways in Scotland.

Specific duties include:

  • Working closely with the CLDSC Committees and Officers, co-ordinate the CLD Standards Council internal and external policy profile pertaining to CLD workforce data
  • Providing advice to senior officers and assisting in drafting a range of policy and high quality papers and discussion pieces to stimulate dialogue and recommendations

For more information and to apply, view the Work for Scotland website.  Closing date: midnight on 24 April 2022.


Virtual Member Meet Up – 5 May 2022, 1-2pm

Sign up to hear about how CLD practitioners in North Lanarkshire Council implemented the Youth Guarantee Programme to support CLD employment. For the past year, North Lanarkshire Council’s CLD team employed 19 CLD Assistant Support Workers (ASW’s) aged between 16 and 24 years for one year’s paid employment under the Youth Guarantee Programme. Each employee worked in all areas of CLD and had a robust training schedule. All but one ASW has continued onto a positive destination.

This session will showcase the ASW’s learning journey and what the evaluation has shown. Join us to find out more.  

Register for the May Virtual Member Meet Up on Eventbrite.


Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grant Programme

A reminder that Education Scotland’s Enhancing Professional Learning in STEM Grant Programme is open until 11th May and bids to support CLD practitioners are welcomed. If you would like to find out more, then please join one of the online information sessions taking place over the next few weeks: 


New edition of Concept published

The Spring 2022 issue of Concept is now available to view and as always, it’s a great mix of articles and reviews. Where else can you read about adult education as a social vaccine, CLD practitioners’ engagement with ICT and The Welcoming Association Edinburgh in one place?  


National Numeracy Day – 18 May 2022

We and our friends at @EdScotCLD are delighted to be Champions of #NationalNumeracyDay on 18 May! Join us and over 2,810 other Champions helping the nation get on with numbers. Sign up to become a National Numeracy day champion and in the build up to 18 May you will receive everything you need to support adults.

There are separate registration pages for those working with schools and adult learning:

Find out more about National Numeracy Day and take the Numeracy Challenge.

Follow on social media:


International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII)

The seventh International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII) will be hosted by Morocco in 2022. Over 1,000 participants are expected to take part in the conference, which will examine effective adult learning and education policies within a lifelong learning perspective and within the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Conference participants will develop a new framework for action on adult learning and education that will replace the Belém Framework for Action (BFA), adopted at CONFINTEA VI in 2009.  

Find out more on the Confintea VII website.  


World Community Development Conference 2022 – postponed

In light of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the International Association of Community Development and the WCDC2022 organizing team in Georgia have made the decision to postpone the #WCDC2022 until 3-5 October 2022. The conference will still take place completely virtually, and all registrations and accepted abstracts will be honoured.

Please check the WCDC website for further updates.


Digital Youth Work Survey

A year ago, YouthLink Scotland asked a few questions about the digital youth work needs which helped shape its training offer over the last year. Once again, they would be grateful if CLD Youth Work practitioners could take a few minutes to fill in the Digital Youth Work Survey. There are 10 quick questions to answer and your responses will guide support offered in the future.

And also, Digital Youth Work is not all about online! Join the YouthLink Digital makerspaces learning community – in person event on 27 April 10am – 12.30pm at Heart of Midlothian Football Club, Edinburgh. If you’re interested in developing digital activities with physical groups you can join in, meet other youth workers and try out some activities that might be just right for your youth group. 

Register for the Digital Makerspaces Learning Community event on Eventbrite.


SCVO Essential Digital Skills Check-up Tool

The internet plays an essential part in our daily lives. We use it to communicate, to work, and to learn. Now more than ever, it is important we have the skills needed to navigate the online world, and to feel safe and confident whilst doing it. To help you measure your digital foundation, life and workplace skills, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) have developed the Essential Digital Skills Check-up.

Based on the Essential Digital Skills Framework, it contains three simple checklists to help you measure where your strengths are and to identify the areas where you may need more support.

If you’re thinking about supporting your workforce’s digital skills, try the SCVO Essential Digital Work Skills Check-up tool, and get in touch with SCVO Digital team if you’d like to explore adapting it to suit your organisation. Email: digital@scvo.scot.


CLDSC Member Bulletin – 13 April 2022

Welcome to Robbie Crow

Robbie Crow and guide dog Yogi

A warm welcome is extended to Robbie Crow who joins CLD Standards Council from Scottish Government for 6 months as Development Officer, Professional Learning. Robbie is looking forward to finding out more about CLD Standards Council and supporting us with a wide variety of professional learning activities.

And if you’re an avid Instagrammer, please also give Yogi, Robbie’s guide dog, a follow! @GuideDogYogi


Dundee and Angus College Standards Mark Approval!

CLD Standards Council Standards Mark Approval Logo

CLDSC wish to offer huge congratulations to Dundee and Angus College Learner Engagement & Community Partnerships Team for achieving their approval for CLDSC Standards Mark. 

Well done!

The Approval Panel noted the good quality of the submission given to them for consideration. This provided a clear picture of the learning culture within Dundee and Angus College. The panel acknowledged the collaborative approaches used across the whole College. This is helping them to make best use of the specific skills they know are available within their organisation. 

A special note of acknowledgement must go to the Service Design Academy (SDA) within D&A College as a good example of collaborative practice.

It is evident that staff put peopleclientscustomers and students first by applying service design methodologies. The skillsets used by SDA are very similar to CLD which helps facilitate change in whatever form that takes and aims to create positive impact/transformative change. There is clear evidence of the strong and valued working relationship the SDA have with the Learner Engagement & Community Partnership Team. 

Find out more about Dundee and Angus College Learner Engagement and Community Partnership Team.

 Do you think your organisation should seek CLDSC Standards Mark (CLDSCSM) approval?

CLDSCSM approval is aimed at organisations who offer CLD learning to staff, practitioners and volunteers.

The Standards Mark is the approval route offered for organisations who offer CLD learning to staff, practitioners and volunteers: from the smallest voluntary sector project to local authorities and national agencies. The Standards Mark process looks at the whole range of learning opportunities offered, not one specific programme, as well as the learning culture of the organisation.

The Standards Mark will nurture a culture of learning in our sector in order that individual practitioner’s engagement with professional learning will contribute to the development of the whole profession. Through this they will demonstrate and enhance their commitment to a culture of learning:

  • Where learning is celebratedrecognised and encouraged
  • Where learning is reflected on and shared
  • Where challenge is relished and embraced
  • Where critical reflection is embedded in practice
  • Where individuals can explore learning related to their role throughout their careers

This culture is underpinned by the values and competences of CLD and commitment to our Code of Ethics.

The Standards Mark does not replace the existing routes available for approval of individual learning programmes. For example, a provider may offer the PDA in Youth Work, approved using the Developmental process, and also be awarded the Standards Mark.

Full details about the Standards Mark are available on the CLDSC website.


Virtual Member Meet-up – 5 May 2022, 1-2pm – Youth Guarantee Programme

For the past year, North Lanarkshire Council’s CLD team employed 19 CLD Assistant Support Workers (ASW’s) aged between 16 and 24 years for one years paid employment under the Youth Guarantee Programme. Each employee worked in all areas of CLD and had a robust training schedule. All but one ASW has continued onto a positive destination. This session will showcase the ASW’s learning journey and what the evaluation has shown.

Join us to find out more.  Register for the May Virtual Member Meet Up on Eventbrite.


Adult Learning Strategy Virtual Launch – 11 May 2022

The new Adult Learning Strategy will be launched over 2 days in May! An in-person event is taking place on 10th May, but has sold out quickly. The good news is, places are still available for the virtual event!

The Adult Learning Strategy’s vision is that adult learning in Scotland will develop better skilled, educated, confident and empowered people contributing to connected and inclusive communities. It’s aim is to create the conditions for connected adult learning opportunities that link Scotland’s communities, local authorities, third sector organisations, colleges and universities around an offer of learning for adults, particularly those furthest from inclusion and experiencing disadvantage. The launch will focus on how we can collectively achieve this aim by exploring the themes and actions within the strategy’s strategic action plan. 

Register for the virtual launch on 11 May 2022, 10am-12.15pm!


OU Microcredentials – Free Places available now!

There’s still time to apply for a fully funded place on The Open University in Scotland’s (OUiS) online learning Microcredentials for those working in the CLD sector.

The courses on offer are:
•    Online Teaching: Creating Courses for Adult Learners
•    Online Teaching: Evaluating and Improving Courses
•    Online Teaching: Accessibility and Inclusive Learning
•    Teacher Development: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum
•    Online Teaching: Embedding Social, Race and Gender-Related Equity

These courses are at postgraduate level and will start in June 2022 and run for 12 weeks. For more information and to apply, please visit OUiS Microcredentials for CLD.

The deadline for applications is Sunday, 15 May 2022.


International Association of Community Development (IACD) seeking Trustees

In advance of its Annual General Meeting in July, IACD is issuing a call for new Trustees to join the Board. It is seeking to fill 6 upcoming vacancies, and particularly welcomes expressions of interest to represent the global regions of South Asia, East Asia and Middle East/North Africa. You must be a current paying IACD member to apply.

IACD is a small organisation, with just one part-time member of staff. Much of IACD’s work is done by the Trustees, so it’s important that anyone joining the Board is willing and committed to getting actively involved in the organisation’s work.

Trustees responsibilities include:

  • attending four/five Board meetings per year (via Zoom)
  • joining at least one of the committees that are responsible for implementing actions in the Strategic Plan
  • representing and promoting IACD at local and regional events
  • gathering local and regional information about CD practice and feeding that back to the Administrative Officer to update and share through the website and social media outlets
  • helping with organising global conferences, practice exchanges
  • contributing to the magazine Practice Insights

IACD Trustees have plenty to do and must be willing to take on roles and actions. As a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation regulated with the Scottish Charity Regulator, all Trustees must comply with Scottish Charity Law. Find out more about Scottish Charity Law.

If you are a current paying member interested in applying for this role, please complete this Expression of Interest form by Thursday, 28 April 2022.

IACD will review your form, invite you to an information session, and then send you an application form to complete. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Anna Clarke, IACD Chair, anna.clarke@iacdglobal.org.


Social Security Scotland – National Engagement – Adult Disability Payment – Stakeholder Pilot Phase Event

Adult Disability Payment has been designed to provide extra money to help with the costs of living with a disability and/or long-term health condition and will replace Personal Independence Payment in Scotland, which is currently delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Phase one of the pilot for Adult Disability payment launched in Dundee, Perth & Kinross and The Western Isles on 21 March 2022. Adult Disability Payment pilot will now be launching on 20 June for new applications only in the pilot areas of Tayside, Western Isles and Lanarkshire health boards (North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire and Angus local authorities).

If you are a CLD practitioner who supports families and individuals with benefits, Social Security Scotland is hosting a series of online stakeholder events to provide information on the key Adult Disability Payment topics, as well as answer any queries. Please note that these events are for stakeholders supporting clients in the Pilot areas only and national organisations. Further events will be held throughout the year to support stakeholders in other locations.

This series of events will cover six different Adult Disability Payment topics:

  • General Adult Disability Payment Policy Overview
  • Special Rules for Terminal Illness
  • Adult Disability Payment Applications
  • Decision Making and Supporting Information (Public Sector)
  • Decision Making and Supporting Information (Third Sector)
  • Debt, Overpayments and Hardship 

A variety of dates will be available for each themed session. For more information about the events or to book a place please visit the Social Security Scotland – Events webpage.

Chris Walsh, National Engagement and Partnership Lead, will also be hosting a Virtual Member Meet-up for CLDSC in July, so watch this space for more details. 

If you have any queries, please contact Chris Walsh at christopher.walsh@socialsecurity.gov.scot.


CLDSC Member Bulletin – 06 April 2022

We are recruiting – Workforce Development Officer

Join us as our new Workforce Development Officer! The Development Officer will lead the development of workforce proposals to highlight and modernise CLD career pathways in Scotland.

Specific duties include:

  • Working closely with the CLDSC Committees and Officers, co-ordinate the CLD Standards Council internal and external policy profile pertaining to CLD workforce data. 
  • Providing advice to senior officers and assisting in drafting a range of policy and high quality papers and discussion pieces to stimulate dialogue and recommendations.

For more information and to apply, view the Work for Scotland website.  Closing date: midnight 24 April 2022.


Scottish Attainment Challenge: A framework for recovery and accelerating progress

Education Secretary, Shirley-Anne Somerville has announced a new £2 million youth work, community & family learning fund to further enhance collaboration between youth work organisations and schools. She states, “In recognition of the importance we place on youth work, the third sector and community organisations, we will introduce, in August, a new £2 million fund to help enhance support for youth work, community learning and development services and family learning programmes.”

Full detail is available on the Scottish Government website


Adult Learning Strategy Launch

The new Adult Learning Strategy will be launched over 2 days in May!  An in-person event is taking place on 10 May 2022 at Newbattle Abbey College, followed by a virtual launch on 11 May 2022.  You can register for both events now.

Register for the in-person launch

Register for the virtual launch


IACD Sub-Saharan Africa Region Master Class

This free online event will take place on Wednesday, 13th April 2022 at 9:00am BST (London) / 11:00am EAT (Nairobi).

Join De Wet Schutte (IACD Member; Community Development and Research Consultant, University of the Western Cape, South Africa) leading the discussion aimed at enabling academicians, practitioners and students to deepen their understanding and command of tools for sound community development practice.

This event is free and open to any members and friends of IACD!  Register today and you will be emailed instructions for joining along with reminders. Feel free to invite a friend or colleague to register as well!

Register for the IACD discussion on Eventbrite.

If you have any questions, please contact membership@iacdglobal.org


Free Accredited Online Learning Microcredentials

The Open University in Scotland (OUiS) is offering another opportunity to access fully funded places on their online learning Microcredentials for those working in the CLD sector. 

These courses provide strategic skills for practitioners in any learning environment, in community or online and have been identified as relevant to CLD practitioners by the CLD Standards Council. They will help you to develop online programmes for learners which are accessible and inclusive while also focusing on key thematic priorities for the sector.

The courses available will allow you to look at how you can deliver a more digitally accessible service, while broadening your reach to more young people, adults, families and community groups.

The courses on offer are:

  • Online Teaching: Creating Courses for Adult Learners
  • Online Teaching: Evaluating and Improving Courses
  • Online Teaching: Accessibility and Inclusive Learning
  • Teacher Development: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum
  • Online Teaching: Embedding Social, Race and Gender-Related Equity

These courses are at postgraduate level and will start in June 2022 and run for 12 weeks. For more information and to apply, please visit OUiS Microcredentials for CLD.

The deadline for applications is Sunday, 15 May 2022.


The Gathering 2022 – Pre-registration open!

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The Gathering is back in person on Wednesday, 15th and Thursday, 16th June 2022 at the SEC, Glasgow! Do you want to have first access to the biggest ever programme of events at the Gathering? Do you want to book FREE delegate places before anyone else? Do you want to keep up-to-date with news about the Gathering?

Just complete the form on the SCVO website and SCVO will keep you in the loop and drop you a reminder straight into your inbox when bookings open in late May 2022.

And, as an added bonus, we’re delighted to announce we’ll be hosting an event on Wednesday, 15th June at the Gathering to launch our CLDSC Professional Induction Programme. Watch this space for more details!  


SERA Conference 20-22 November 2022

The Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA) brings together an active community of researchers, teacher educators, teachers, other educational professionals, policy makers, and funders to share and debate current research in the field of education locally and globally.

The call for abstracts is now open for #SERAconf22 under the theme of Reconnection Educational Research, Policy and Practice. Please consider submitting an abstract to host a session related to CLD policy and practice. The conference will accept sessions on individual papers, short presentations, symposia, poster presentations, as well as suggestions for roundtable discussions and workshops.

See more information on the SERA website. The submission date for abstracts is by 5pm on Friday, 6 May 2022 and these should be sent to sera.conference@gmail.com.

SERA Conference registration for delegates will open at the beginning of May 2022.


CLDSC Member Bulletin – 30 March 2022

Save the Dates! Scottish Government Adult Learning Strategy Launch

The new Scottish Government Adult Learning Strategy will be launched by Mr Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for HE and FE, Youth Employment & Training on Tuesday, 10th May 2002 at Newbattle Abbey College and virtually on Wednesday, 11th May 2022 via the College Development Network. CLD: adult learning workforce development will be discussed by Dr Marion Allison, Director of CLD Standards Council and Laura Starkey, Education Officer Community Learning and Development, Education Scotland. Booking details to follow!


Virtual Member Meet Up – 1 April 2022 – Education Reform

There is still time to register for our virtual member meet up on Friday, 1 April 2022, where CLD Standards Council Director, Dr Marion Allison will talk about all things Education Reform. This follows the recent publication of Professor Ken Muir’s report on Education Reform.

We want to hear your thoughts and hopes about Professor Muir’s recommendation that the CLDSC should remain part of the new proposed national agency for Scottish education.  

Register for the April Virtual Member Meet-Up on Eventbrite.


CLDSC Professional Induction Programme – Extended Pilot

A reminder that if you would like to participate in our Professional Induction Programme, please get in touch by Friday, 1 April 2022.

As we highlighted in last week’s bulletin, we have been developing a CLD Standards Council Professional Induction Programme and are looking for CLDSC members to undertake the programme and provide feedback on any areas which need further development or clarity before our official launch. 

The programme will take 15 hours to complete and this will contribute towards your professional learning commitment. 

We are aiming for this to be completed during April and May. If you are interested in taking part, please email contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk by Friday, 1 April.  


National Thematic Inspection: How well are CLD partners supporting COVID-19 recovery?

Community Learning and Development (CLD) practitioners and third sector partners have supported communities across Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to better understand the role of CLD in supporting recovery from COVID-19 in local communities, HM Inspectors will undertake a national thematic review. The review will reflect on how well partners prioritise and use effective CLD approaches to support those who are marginalised or at risk of being isolated in their communities. It will also consider how the pandemic has affected the CLD landscape, including changes to the ways in which CLD is accessed and delivered.
 
HM Inspectors would like to engage with a broad selection of CLD partners and organisations from across Scotland. Participation will be voluntary, with engagement planned to take place during April and May 2022. With this in mind, we would like to invite you to consider involvement in this review. HM Inspectors are offering the following webinars to share more information about the review and to answer any questions you may have. Please feel to free to come along, using one of the links below to register. However, there is no requirement for you to attend a webinar before indicating that you would like to be involved.
 
Register to attend the webinar on 4 April 2022 11:00 – 12:00


Register to attend the webinar on 4 April 2022 14:00 – 15:00 


 If you are interested in being part of the thematic review, please complete this nomination form by midday on Friday, 8 April 2022.


Virtual College Expo 2022 – 14 and 15 June 2022

Rewrite the College Story: Learning Experiences, Skills Development, Anchoring Communities is the theme of the Virtual College Expo22. 

Virtual College Expo22 is the professional learning event for the college sector in Scotland, offering inspirational keynotes, workshops, seminars, and panel debate. This year will also recognise Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 celebrating and sharing student stories from across the country.

Find out more on the CDN Virtual College Expo website and book your free place .   

Follow on Twitter: @ColDevNet#CollegeExpo22


Joint Education and Training Standards (JET)S

The primary responsibilities of the JETS 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. 

JETS works collaboratively across the UK and Ireland to ensure that qualifications approved are still fit for the mutual recognition agreements. Mutual Recognition across the UK and Ireland – Professional (higher education) qualifications are recognised across the UK and Ireland 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 the Joint Education Training Standards Committee (JETS). 
 
JETS also has a workforce development function, alongside a broader commitment to continuous professional development (CPD) for all staff, which is at the heart of the profession’s obligation to ensure that youth workers and CLD workers are fit to practice. JETS meets to share good practice, to develop commonality of approach, and to take joint action on any issues and concerns.  
 
Details of JETS, terms of reference, JETS Guidelines and Useful resources/links can be found on i-develop.


Change to the Credit Rating Status of City & Guilds of London Institute Learning Programmes

On 28 March 2022, the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework and the City & Guilds of London Institute issued a joint statement confirming that City & Guilds of London Institute (CGLI) confirmed its decision that it would no longer operate as an Approved Credit Rating Body.  As of September 2021, CGLI have ceased all new credit rating activities.

Read the full statement.


CLDSC Member Bulletin – 23 March 2022

*STOP PRESS* Virtual Member Meet Up – 1 April 2022 – Education Reform – Change to advertised event

Not an April Fool!

Due to the recent publication of Professor Ken Muir’s report on Education Reform, we have changed this member meet up from the advertised event providing an update on the Digital Competence Review to focus on discussions around Education Reform.  

Join CLD Standards Council Director, Dr Marion Allison to talk about all things Education Reform. We want to hear your thoughts and hopes about Professor Ken Muir’s recommendation that the CLDSC should remain part of the new proposed national agency for Scottish education.  

Register for the April Virtual Member Meet-Up on Eventbrite.


CLDSC Professional Induction Programme – Extended Pilot

We’ve been developing a CLD Standards Council Professional Induction Programme and are now in a position to do a ‘soft launch’. We’re looking for CLD Standards Council members to undertake the full induction programme so we can gather any final comments on areas which need further development/clarity before our official launch.

The programme will take 15 hours to complete and this will contribute towards your professional learning commitment. We are aiming for this to be completed during April and May.  

If you are interested in taking part, please email contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk by Friday, 1 April.  


Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime

The Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime is a programme of research that has been running for 21 years. The overarching purpose of the study is to examine the causes and consequences of young people’s involvement in crime and anti-social behaviour. The core of the programme is a major longitudinal study of a single cohort of around 4,300 young people who started secondary school in the City of Edinburgh in the autumn of 1998. 

This Latest report of the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime programme includes initial insights from the eighth phase of the study, which tracks the cohort from age 12 to 35. This phase was funded by the Nuffield Foundation and included interviews with cohort members, an online survey, and analysis of criminal convictions data. Some of the main findings from the study include:

  • Most of those who offend in adolescence do not go on to offend in adulthood, and many of those engaged in serious offending are not known to justice organisations in childhood or adulthood
  • Children who experienced a range of adversities (including poverty, trauma, care experience, etc) were significantly more likely to offend in adolescence and into adulthood, but the most persistent offenders also experienced adversities in adulthood
  • Desistance from offending is a complex process influenced by multiple factors that are not the same for everyone and do not necessarily remain constant over time; however, factors that could facilitate desistance would include prevention in relation to poverty, drug use and crime victimisation 
  • Pathways of criminal conviction from childhood to early adulthood vary considerably depending on people’s early life circumstances, and are associated with a wide range of behavioural, familial, contextual and experiential factors. However, those who come persistently into contact with the justice system over time tend to be amongst the poorest and most vulnerable people in our cohort
  • People who have contact with the criminal justice system are not necessarily more likely to desist from offending and, in some cases it may act as a catalyst for continued offending into adulthood
  • Formal system contact is typically experienced by individuals as a set of barriers and hazards to be negotiated, but positive change relies on key individuals (such as youth workers or foster carers) who provide strong and consistent support
  • Successful outcomes typically involve achieving modest social norms (such as family, home and employment); however, change is often precarious, especially amongst those who have a poor start in life
  • Holistic approaches, which work across policy portfolios (education, economy, housing, and justice),  and which target risk factors across communities rather than risky individuals in childhood and adolescence, are likely to be successful in driving down offending and conviction across the life-course

The Report is available on the University of Edinburgh website.


National Numeracy Day – 18 May 2022

We are delighted to be a Champion of #NationalNumeracyDay on 18 May! Join us and over 2,810 other Champions helping the nation get on with numbers.  Sign up to become a National Numeracy day champion and in the build up to 18 May you will receive everything you need to support adults.

Find out more about National Numeracy Day and follow on social media:


Place Based Digital Inclusion Programme

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) recently held a webinar on its Place Based Digital Inclusion programme. This approach puts people at the heart of service design and involves stakeholders working collaboratively at a local level to tackle digital exclusion.  

You can view the webinar on their YouTube Channel and read the interim report (PDF).


CLDSC Member Bulletin – 16 March 2022

DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

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We know that many CLDSC Members will be supporting communities and individuals in organising events and fundraising activities.  We are grateful to everyone who is giving, organising events and helping to spread the word.

One such CLDSC Member is Darren Burns who volunteers as South West Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Coordinator and has asked us to highlight the DEC appeal.

The DEC has urged people to donate money rather than goods to help those affected by the conflict. We are seeing an absolutely incredible response from the public to this appeal, which has now raised over £150 million, including £25 million UK aid match.

  • Intense conflict in Ukraine is threatening the lives and livelihoods of civilians across the country, causing hundreds of thousands to flee.
  • Homes have been destroyed
  • Essential services have been hit
  • Families have been separated
  • People have been injured
  • Lives have been lost
  • Heavy fighting, shelling and air strikes across Ukraine have had devastating consequences for civilians
  • 2.3 million people have fled the country in recent days, with millions more projected, and many more have had to leave their homes to escape the fighting

The DEC brings together 15 leading aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently at times of crisis overseas. In these times of crisis, people in life-and-death situations need our help and our mission is to save, protect and rebuild lives through effective humanitarian response.

Pooling our resources to work as one, DEC is pivotal in co-ordinating the UK public’s response to overseas disasters. In collaboration with the Rapid Response Network of national media and corporate partners, DEC raises the alarm to the UK public and sets up easy ways for them to donate.  It has immediate impact, getting aid to people who need it, fast.

Donations can be made on the DEC website and you can follow them on Twitter @DECScotland


Education Reform – A Message from Dr Marion Allison, Director, CLD Standards Council

Last week the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Ms Shirley-Anne Somerville set out her vision for a reformed education system for Scotland, in response to Professor Ken Muir’s education consultation, Putting Learners at the Centre: Towards a Future Vision for Scottish Education.

The Cabinet Secretary’s vision includes a new national agency for Scottish education that will take forward some of the current remit of Education Scotland. There was a clear recommendation that the CLDSC should remain part of the proposed national agency for Scottish education. Given that feedback from CLD practitioners has been positive about our work, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support for the CLDSC and offer assurance that our focus continues to be on supporting our members across the sector as we work towards a reformed education system.

Dr Marion Allison
Director, CLD Standards Council


Don’t Forget! CLD Digital Competence Review – Focus Group registration

There are still places available at the focus groups to discuss how digital should be embedded in our Competent Practitioner Framework, how you use it in practice and what support you need from CLDSC.

There are 5 sessions to choose from and you can register for all sessions on Eventbrite and choose one of the dates and times below. 

  • Friday 18 March 2022        2-3.30pm
  • Monday 21 March 2022     1-2.30pm
  • Monday 21 March 2022     4-5.30pm       
  • Thursday 24 March 2022   6-7.30pm
  • Monday 28 March 2022     1-2.30pm

Virtual Member Meet-up – 1 April 2022, 1-2pm

This is not an April Fool. Repeat, this is NOT an April Fool! Our next virtual meet-up takes place on Friday, 1 April 2022 at 1pm. Come along to hear the key messages coming out of the Digital Competence Focus Groups and share your views on what should be included in the next stage of the consultation process, the online survey, which will go live in April. 

Register for the April Virtual Member Meet-Up on Eventbrite.


Adult Learning Strategy Launch

Save the Date! The new Scottish Government Adult Learning Strategy will be launched by Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Youth Employment and Training, on Tuesday, 10 May 2022 at Newbattle Abbey College. A virtual event will also be held on Wednesday, 11 May 2022 hosted by College Development Network. More details will follow.


TES Magazine – Member Benefit

If you are looking for useful reading material, remember that your CLD Standards Council Membership gives you free online access to TES magazine. Details are available in the Members benefit page on i-develop.

You will need to login to access this, so if you have lost your username or password and are having difficulty resetting, email us at contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk.


The Community Development Journal – special issue on environmental community development in the climate emergency

Community Development Journal Volume 57 Number 1 2022 Cover

The Community Development Journal (CDJ) has been published by Oxford University Press since 1966. The journal publishes “critically focused articles which challenge received wisdom, report and discuss innovative practices, and relate issues of community development to questions of social justice, diversity and environmental sustainability.” 

This month’s issue focuses on environmental community development and features an editorial by Callum McGregor and Eurig Scandrett on community development, populism, and just transition.

In addition to the quarterly publications of the CDJ, there are also special issues, advance articles, and abstracts translated into French, Spanish, and Chinese – they are completely free to access online.


The SCQF at 21 Online Conference – 24 March 2022 – Recognising Skills in a Changing Landscape

SCQF have an exciting line up of speakers and presenters for the SCQF at 21 Online Conference, as well as a range of workshops to attend. The event will highlight the important part that the SCQF plays in supporting learner journeys in these rapidly changing times as well as showcasing best practice in the use of the framework. Delegates will also have the opportunity to hear about SCQFP’s latest projects and developments.  

Read the agenda and register for the conference.


College Development Network Awards 2022

The CDN College Awards are now open for entries!

The Awards recognise the talent, skills and achievements of colleges, their staff and their learners and we’re delighted to say that one of the categories is the College Community Learning Award, so please do enter and highlight the fabulous CLD work done in partnership with colleges. 

The deadline for entries is Friday, 1 July at 5pm, and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in November.


Dyslexia Scotland – New Strategy 2022-2025

National charity Dyslexia Scotland has launched its new strategy for 2022-2025, setting out the journey to a dyslexia-friendly Scotland. 

The charity aspires to make Scotland the best place for people with dyslexia to live, learn, work, play and grow up in, through engagement with the dyslexic community and the change makers who can make a positive difference. 

Whilst Scotland’s dyslexic community equates to around 545,500 people, the charity recognises that many of those feel alone, excluded and marginalised with their learning difference.  

The organisation produced their plan as a full strategy document, two-page summary and for the first time, as a video version, in order to be as engaging and inclusive for their diverse audience as possible. 

The charity calls on all people in Scotland, dyslexic or not, to be part of the journey to creating a dyslexia-friendly Scotland. 

Watch their strategy video on Youtube and view the summary and full document.


CLDSC Face Masks

Our CLDSC branded face masks have proved popular with members and we still have a few left.  

If you would like one, email us at contact@cldstandardscouncil.org.uk.