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Workforce Survey – local authority results

Community Learning and Development Managers Scotland was a partner in the ‘Working with Scotland’s Communities’ survey of the CLD workforce in Scotland. A summary report of the findings was published by Education Scotland. CLDMS adopted a Data Sharing Agreement with Education Scotland to allow further analysis of the data. Our main purpose was to identify […]

CLDMS Conference discussions

The presentations made to our Annual Conference and workshops, and notes of some of the discussions, are now available .

CLDMS Welfare Reform Briefing

CLDMS has published a Briefing paper on the challenges that CLD practitioners have been facing as a result of the government’s Welfare Reform agenda and at some of the responses that they are developing.    

CLD plans

Most local authority areas in Scotland now have a community learning and development (CLD) plan agreed, as a result of the 2013 CLD (Scotland) Regulations. They describe the work that the local authority and partners are doing to achieve two broad outcomes: improved life chances for people of all ages, through learning, personal development and […]

CLDMS views on employability services

CLDMS submitted its views to the Scottish Government consultation on future Employability Support Services, calling for services that are flexible and tailored to the needs of the individual, and recommending Community Learning and Development’s ‘Social Practice’ model of delivery.  Here is our response.

CLD Conference 2015 – Bookings open

The Community Learning and Development Annual Conference ‘Making it Work’, organised by Community Learning and Development Managers Scotland, will take place on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 October 2015 at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld. We are encouraging the full range of CLD staff and CLD partners to consider attending . Provisional outline programme. Bookings are […]

When adult learning matters

CLDMS members have produced a short document available here which looks at the role of Adult Learning in prevention and early intervention. The paper illustrates some of the key life transitions that can create challenges, and gives examples of some Adult Learning interventions that might address them, and of the possible preventative impacts that these […]

Education Scotland Creative Conversation

‘Recognising and supporting young people in their achievements in Community Learning and Development’ 5th February 2015 – Mercure Glasgow City Hotel, 201 Ingram Street, GLASGOW, G1 1DQ 9:15am – 3:35pm 26th February 2015 – Stirling Court Hotel, Stirling University campus, Airthrey Road, Stirling FK9 4LA 9:15am – 3:35pm This Education Scotland led event is targeted […]

Resources for Strategic Planning

This new page offers resources that may help CLD services in the process of strategic planning that they are undertaking, as required by the Requirements for Community Learning and Development Regulations (Scotland) 2013,, including some papers illustrating the processes that Dundee City Council is undertaking.

Social Practice Model of Adult Learning

This paper on a ‘Social Practice Model of Adult Learning’  has been adopted by CLDMS as a statement of our overall understanding of a CLD approach to adult learning. It outlines seven key features that should be evident in any provision based on a Social Practice model.