Community Learning and Development

Community Learning and Development (CLD) supports primarily disadvantaged or vulnerable groups and individuals of all ages to engage in learning, with a focus on bringing about change in their lives and communities. CLD activity has a strong focus on early intervention, prevention and tackling inequalities. It plays a significant role in raising attainment for all and supporting community empowerment, among other key agendas.

Education Scotland delivers a number of functions in relation to community learning and development (CLD) such as providing support to the sector to build capacity and embed policy in practice through guidance, training and grant funding.

As of August 2018, the Scottish Government has policy lead responsibility for CLD, youth work, adult learning, English for speakers of other languages, and adult literacies, providing advice to Scottish Government Ministers and working with stakeholders to develop and implement policy for CLD. The Education Scotland CLD team will continue to work closely with Scottish Government policy colleagues.

Key resources on the National Improvement Hub

Find our CLD resources on the National Improvement Hub.

ESOL Initial Assessment materials

Working with young unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees

Engaging with LGBT and Migrant Equalities: Activities for the ESOL classroom

Planning with Community Learning and Development Partners

Peer support and community involvement in Inverclyde

Recognising and Realising Children's Rights in Youth Work

Clyde Pride LGBT Group

Year of Young People 2018: Toolkit for Schools and CLD

Key documents

Key documents related to CLD can be found on our About CLD page.