The Regulations for Community Learning and Development (CLD) 2013, placed increased statutory duties on local authorities in Scotland to work with partners and engage with communities to identify need and plan CLD in their area.
Education Scotland and the Scottish Government CLD Policy Team and a working group with representatives from national CLD partners carried out a content review of current CLD plans between February and May 2019. Partners included: The CLD Standards Council, CLD Managers Scotland, Youth Scotland, Scottish Community Development Scotland, YouthLink Scotland and Learning Link Scotland.
The report identifies emerging themes from current CLD plans, highlighting both strengths and areas for development. It also includes illustrative extracts from some of the plans.
How to use this resource to improve practice?
The report will be used to inform discussions with Scottish Government Ministers and policy makers, Education Scotland and key CLD stakeholders.
It can also be used by practitioners and policy makers to inform their understanding of current community learning and development practice and planning in Scotland.
The review provides strong evidence of the wide range of valuable CLD activity taking place around the country. It also indicates where there may be gaps or areas for improvement in how statutory requirements for CLD are being fulfilled in some areas.
The following questions may help when considering this report:
- To what extent do the review findings chime with your own knowledge and experience of CLD practice and planning?
- Which of the strengths and/or gaps and challenges outlined in the report do you recognise from your own experience?
- Are there any of the findings that you find surprising?
- What can you learn from the illustrative examples included in the report?