Share, Sustain, Shape ! Online learning sessions for CLD practitioners

The Share, Sustain, Shape! programme is now live on iDevelop
Share, Sustain, Shape – programme and registration

Share, Sustain, Shape! is a fantastic new programme of free, online, CLD practitioner-led learning sessions taking place throughout November and early December. Each session is open to everyone working in any area of community learning and development. The programme is being organised by the regional CLD professional learning networks across the country. Practitioners from anywhere in Scotland are invited to take part.

There are 17 different learning events planned – so far! Topics include:
• Family learning and terminology
• Participatory budgeting and engagement
• Practitioner health and wellbeing
• Evaluative writing
• Digital engagement practice
• Supporting New Scots
• Youth Work and creative methods in evaluation
• Using the Citizen Literacies App.
• Partnership working
• CLD ethics

Sessions are already starting to fill up so please check out the programme and sign up soon!

New! ‘Leading CLD’ professional learning programme

Leadership programme for CLD

As part of the Education Scotland Professional Learning and Leadership (PLL) offer we have been developing a Leadership in CLD programme for CLD leaders who play a pivotal role in establishing collaborative approaches to support recovery and renewal. Evidence suggests there is a need for systematic leadership support for CLD managers in Scotland, in line with the wider offer available to the education system.

Supported by PLL specialists, the CLD Standards Council, and Education Scotland CLD, the new offer will be modelled on previously successful programmes made available for Headteachers. Participants will engage in professional learning and reflect on their current CLD role. Programme design is based on the experience participants bring, the knowledge of experts/academics; and, collaborative activities to develop new knowledge.

The programme will be of most interest to senior local authority managers responsible for CLD services, who have identified CLD leadership as an area for professional development. (This includes managers with no, or little previous experience of CLD; and those interested in developing their leadership capital and professional network). In line with previous programme development approaches, we have been developing the content of the programme alongside senior CLD managers and colleagues from the Higher and Further Education sectors.

We would now like to welcome initial expressions of interest for the pilot phase of the programme. The pilot programme will run from the end of January to May 2022, and will include four x 1 day sessions.  Interested individuals are invited to contact to learn more, and/or to register interest through MS Form MS Form by close of business on Friday 19th November. Following initial registrations of interest there will be a second stage in the application process to formally apply for the 20 places available.

Webinars – How good is our community learning and development? (4th edition) (HGIOCLD4)

A new draft framework for the community learning and development (CLD) sector, How good is our community learning and development?’ (4th edition) (HGIOCLD) has been developed in consultation with the CLD sector. A Gaelic version of the framework is also available. This iteration of HGIOCLD reflects changes in CLD and the wider education sector landscape. It recognises the wide range of practitioners and organisations adopting CLD methodologies. The draft framework sets out the standards HM Inspectors will use to evaluate and report on quality and improvement in CLD. It will also support the sector to engage in self-evaluation for continuous improvement.

HM Inspectors are offering a number of webinars between November and December 2021. These webinars are aimed at those using CLD methodologies, including CLD practitioners, the third sector, public services and those with strategic responsibility for CLD. These webinars will be organised around specific regions in Scotland (Regional Improvement Collaborative (RIC) areas) as detailed below. In addition, there will be two sessions targeted at national organisations. It is suggested that you should register for the area that you are attached to but if the dates do not suit you, you can register for any of the other sessions. Each webinar will last no longer than 1 hour and 15 minutes, which will include an opportunity for questions and feedback. Please register using this link –


Date Time Regional Improvement Collaborative (RIC)
Mon 1st Nov 10-11.15am South West
Mon 8th Nov 10-11.15am National Organisations
Fri 12th Nov 10-11.15am Tayside
Mon 15th Nov 10-11.15am North
Mon 15th Nov 4-5.15pm South East
Fri 19th Nov 2-3.15pm Forth Valley/West Lothian
Mon 22nd Nov 10-11.15am West
Mon 29th Nov 11.30-12.45 West
Fri 3rd Dec 2-3.15pm North
Mon 13th Dec 10-11.15am National Orgs