Last Updated: Monday, September 02, 2019

Community learning and development planning 2018-21

What is this?

​​​​​​​Community learning and development (CLD) improves the life chances of learners and communities across Scotland, and in particular, can help our most disadvantaged communities to empower themselves. The Requirements for Community Learning and Development (Scotland) Regulations 2013 (‘the CLD Regulations’) place duties on local authorities to work with their partners and communities to secure the delivery of CLD in their area and publish a 3 yearly CLD plan. This page provides links to the CLD plans covering the period September 2018 to 2021 that have been published so far.

Who is this for?

CLD plans describe priorities of CLD partners in each local authority area. They have been developed with learners and communities. They are relevant to everyone involved in the learning sector– in communities or in education establishments – and those involved in community development and community based planning, across the public and third sectors. They are also likely to be of interest to local, regional and national policy makers.​​​

​How to use this approach to improve practice

The following questions should be considered when assessing joint work with local CLD partners:

  1. How well are we working together with our CLD partners and communities to achieve better outcomes for individuals, groups, families and communities.​​​
  2. What does our local CLD plan 2018-21 tell us about the strengths and the needs of our local communities?
  3. How clear are the relationships between priorities set by CLD partners and wider community planning, education and children’s services priorities?
  4. 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?
  5. How well do we share skills, information, knowledge and experience across partners and partnerships?
  6. How do we engage in shared professional learning opportunities with CLD partners?

​Explore this exemplar

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 ide​ntify 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:

CLD Plans 2018–2021​