Improving Gender Balance and Equalities in CLD: Toolkit and resources

Gender equality is becoming increasingly important in all aspects of life. Education Scotland has co-produced a new toolkit to encourage challenge and promote change across the Community Learning and Development sector. Developed with CLD managers and practitioners, the toolkit will support CLD providers to seek out and analyse data, to self-evaluate and plan for improvement.

The toolkit is aimed particularly at CLD leaders, who can influence change in the system, and will also be of interest to practitioners.

The toolkit is available on the Education Scotland website.   It contains a guide to gathering and using data and  a self-evaluation framework. There are three case studies which detail how these have been used by CLD providers during the pilot and the impact this had.  There are tools to help you use the framework such as an evidence tracker and action plan template.  There are sections with information on research and data and links to relevant organisations. New material will be added as it becomes available.

Support is available from Education Scotland to engage with and use the toolkit. If you would like to know more please contact Oonagh McGarry at


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