Supporting 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.

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