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.    

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.

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.

Response to Parliament on Empowerment Bill

CLDMS has submitted these comments on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill  to the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee, and has been invited to speak to the Committee about them.  

Strategic Planning checklist

A simple checklist prepared by Inverclyde Council provides a step by step reminder of the requirements of the 2012 Strategic Guidance and the 2013 Regulations for CLD which you may find useful. It is available on the ‘Resources for evidence, self-evaluation and quality improvement’ page of this website. Please access the resources at: