How to use this approach to improve practice
The following questions should be considered when assessing joint work with local CLD partners:
- How well are we working together with our CLD partners and communities to achieve better outcomes for individuals, groups, families and communities.
- What does our local CLD plan 2018-21 tell us about the strengths and the needs of our local communities?
- How clear are the relationships between priorities set by CLD partners and wider community planning, education and children’s services priorities?
- How will our local CLD priorities inform: Local Outcome Improvement and Locality Plans; Scottish Attainment Challenge planning; the Health and Social Care Partnership; and Education Regional Improvement Collaboratives?
- How well do we share skills, information, knowledge and experience across partners and partnerships?
- How do we engage in shared professional learning opportunities with CLD partners?
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The following documents provide the national context for CLD Plans.
- The Scottish Government’s Strategic Guidance For Community Planning Partnerships is the foundation policy for community learning and development delivery in Scotland. It sets out the purpose and outcomes of CLD and who should be involved at local level. CLD's specific focus should be:
- improved life chances for people of all ages, including young people in particular, through learning, personal development and active citizenship
- stronger, more resilient, supportive, influential and inclusive communities.
- The Requirements for Community Learning and Development (Scotland) Regulations (2013) place requirements on every local authority in Scotland to work with partners and engage with communities to identify need and plan CLD in their area. The Regulations also require CLD partners and communities to work together to regularly assess whether CLD provision in their area is ‘adequate and efficient.’
What we’ve learned since the first round of CLD Plans 2015-18:
- The report Community Learning and Development 2015-18 - Planning for change in Scotland's communities provides examples from across Scotland of how partnerships are working to effect change and tackle inequity.
- HM Inspectors have evaluated the impact of CLD plans 2015-18 – through an aspect review in 2016-17 and through ongoing inspections of CLD.
- In 2017 Education Scotland produced a guidance note for local authorities and their partners to support CLD planning 2018-21 which includes the themes expected to be included in 2018-21 plans: Involvement; Shared CLD Priorities; Planning; Governance and Workforce Development.
CLD Plans 2018–2021
- Argyll and Bute
- Dumfries and Galloway
- East Ayrshire
- East Dunbartonshire
- East Lothian
- East Renfrewshire
- Mid Lothian
- North Ayrshire
- North Lanarkshire
- Orkney Islands
- Perth and Kinross
- Scottish Borders
PDF file: Scottish Borders - CLD Strategic Partnership Plan 2018-21
- PDF file: Scottish Borders - CLD Strategic Delivery Plan 2018-21
- South Ayrshire
- South Lanarkshire
- West Dunbartonshire
- West Lothian
- Western Isles