All posts by Mandy Watts

Review of Learning at Home (2018)

This review provides clarity and the first Scottish national definition of learning at home which is vital to help practitioners take this agenda forward. Research shows that learning at home can have significant immediate and longer term impacts on children in different ways. These include a child’s early learning, later achievements, nurture, resilience, wellbeing, social mobility and skills for life.

Supporting parents to help them with their child’s learning at home is therefore ‘a vital part of improving outcomes for children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds’ (Hunt et al, 2011).

 

CLD MS Conference 31st October 2018

The annual Community Learning and Development Conference will take place on Wednesday 31 October 2018, from 10.00am to 4.30pm in the West Park Conference Centre, 319 Perth Road, Dundee, DD2 1NN.

The conference theme is

Community Learning and Development’s role in addressing the Poverty Related Attainment Gap

The conference will be of interest to staff and managers involved in all sectors of community learning and development, including Local Authority Services, Further Education, Community Planning, Voluntary and Third Sector Organisations

An ‘early bird’ delegate rate of £65 is available for bookings made before the 30 September 2018. Bookings received after this date will be charged £85.  Refreshments on arrival and lunch are included in the price.

Click on link to register

https://www.youthlinkscotland.org/events/october-2018/community-learning-and-development-conference/book-now/

CLD at SLF 2018

If you are going to the Scottish Learning Festival, you might be interested in activities that involve the CLD sector.

The Parental Engagement and Families and Communities Team in Education Scotland will be delivering two workshops at SLF 2018:

Collaborating with Parents and Improvement Planning – Wednesday 3:15pm Dochart 2

Collaborating with partners on developing family learning approaches – Thursday 12:45 pm Dochart 2

Parental Engagement and Involvement will also have a partnership stall which will be located at D115. The stand is being delivered in partnership with the National Parent Forum for Scotland, Connect and the Scottish Government again this year, so there’s lots of expertise to choose from.

CLD and STEM

On Thursday 20th there is a focus on STEM and CLD are represented in five of the demonstration slots happening during the day.

 

 

Mapping Adult Education in Scotland – hills and glens, roads and pathways

Join the National Strategic Forum for Adult Learning Professional Learning Working Group to launch their report into professional learning opportunities for adult educators in Scotland: a special event hosted by the University of Stirling and the Standing Conference for University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults (SCUTREA)

Where: Maitland Room, Iris Murdoch Building, University of Stirling, FK9 4LA

When: Thursday 27th September from 12.30-15.30 starting with lunch

For information on how to get there follow this link: Getting here

The working group will launch the report and consult with you to complete the jigsaw of adult learning in Scotland.  Speakers include:

Diane Gardner, City of Glasgow College

Bonnie Slade, University of Glasgow

Jim Crowther, University of Edinburgh

Certificates of attendance will be available after the event to contribute towards your professional learning record.

To register for the event follow this link: Mapping Adult Education September 2018

YouthLink Scotland Policy Seminar – Digital Youth Work and Cyber Resilience

YouthLink Scotland would like to invite you to join them for their policy seminar on digital youth work and cyber resilience on 27th September 2018 in Edinburgh.

There will be an amazing line up of speakers, including David McNeill (SCVO), Suvi Tuominen (VERKE, Finland’s National Development Centre for Digital Youth Work), and 5Rights Ambassadors – as well as youth worker Darran Gillan (YMCA) sharing his approach to digital youth work, and Rural Youth Project co-founder Rebecca Dawes talking about international rural youth vlogging and blogging.

Some of the key questions that the seminar will address include:

  • Are young people really ‘digital natives?’
  • Are youth workers equipped and ready to support young people to navigate this changing ‘digital’ world, to realise their potential and address new challenges?
  • Do we still deliver youth work services in the same way we always have?

The seminar will also include some brand new films from the EU Digital Youth Work project.

Booking information can be found here.

Review of the Employability Landscape and Scottish Government Funded Employability Services

The Scottish Government aims to achieve economic growth in Scotland that is inclusive. This means growth that combines increased prosperity with greater equality, creates opportunities for all, and distributes the benefits of increased prosperity fairly.

Its vision is to develop a more joined up employability system across Scotland – an employability system that does more to provide the right help for people of all ages, when they need it, and particularly for those further from the labour market, to ensure as many people as possible can benefit from the economy. This is in line with their approach to  Inclusive Growth, recognising that the overall employment rate is high, we now need to ensure a greater focus on those further away from the labour market.

It is about developing a more flexible system that responds to individual and local needs – with clear roles for public, private and Third Sector. To do this we need a funding system which is flexible enough to support our ambitions, but also to adapt over time as the labour market changes.

Scottish Government recognises that there is a lot of good work going on, there are lots of people and organisations working to create better opportunities for people. The challenge we have is to develop more collective leadership across the main funders, Scottish government,  UK Government, Local Government and the Third Sector.

This review will be informed by user and delivery partner feedback from those engaged with existing SG funded employability programmes, and evidence and evaluation from recent reports on the employability landscape. You are the experts and we want to hear your ideas on:

  • the vision and objectives we have outlined and how we promote more collective leadership and collaboration between the different bodies involved;
  • how we ensure employability programmes and services provide better support for people on their journey towards and into work – removing duplication and supporting better outcomes;
  • how we ensure funding and programmes are flexible enough to meet changing labour market conditions;
  • how we recognise the valuable input from different sectors and how we build, collectively, on what works for the individual;
  • roles and responsibilities at national, regional and local level;
  • whether there are particular types of support that are working really well and how we can do more to build on that;
  • approaches to assessment and referral; and
  • what success looks like and approaches to performance management.

SG welcomes your feedback on these issues. You can send submissions to: NEETpolicy@gov.scot by 29 June 2018.

National CLD Workforce Development Plan

The national organisations and regional networks who developed the National CLD Workforce Development Plan are not aiming to cover all the training and development that goes on in the sector but rather to focus on a few thematic areas to improve access and coverage. The plan was informed by mapping and research undertaken in 2017.

It is intended as a living document.   An online version on i-develop includes event calendars that will be added to throughout the lifetime of the plan. The working group will continue to meet to review the implementation and evaluate the impact of this plan. The results from evaluation will be used to determine whether a new plan is written for 2019-20 and what form such a plan would take.

Contact Alona Murray or John Galt for more information

Introductory Dyslexia Module

Members of the Specific Learning Difficulties Network along with colleagues from Education Scotland, Dyslexia Scotland and the CLD Standards Council have recently developed a free online learning opportunity to increase awareness of dyslexia in CLD practice. This module will launch in July 2018 on the Open University website. The module will be available to anyone within a CLD role wishing to undertake professional learning around the issue of dyslexia and will incorporate links to current practice based on practitioners experience, teaching strategies and resources. For further information please contact Lindsay MacDonald.

First Minister’s Question Time – participation project

National charity Children in Scotland and national agency for youth work YouthLink Scotland are developing an exciting new participation project, First Minister’s Question Time (FMQT), which will launch later this year. It aims to empower children and young people, particularly those too young to have a vote or whose voices are seldom heard, to express their views, opinions and needs directly to Scotland’s leaders.

 

As part of planning for the first FMQT event, Children in Scotland and YouthLink Scotland will be contacting schools in June and asking young people to submit questions. An education resource linked to the project is also being developed which will be shared with schools.

 

If you are interested in hearing more about the project and would like to be sent further information, please email: info@youthlinkscotland.org or info@childreninscotland.org.uk with ‘FMQT project’ in the subject line.

CLD Meetings and events updates

CLD Standards Council

The CLD Standards Council held a successful conference with over 180 members participating actively in a wide variety of workshops with a professional learning focus across a wide spectrum of CLD practice. For more information about their work, visit their website: http://cldstandardscouncil.org.uk/

CLD and STEM

Education Scotland met with colleagues from the Science Centres and Festivals to discuss STEM actions in relation to CLD. We are currently undertaking an audit of science centre and CLD STEM engagement. This information will give a baseline of current activity. Further discussions will take place with CLD, Education Scotland, Scottish Government and Science Centres and Festivals to identify priorities and begin to produce STEM Community Plans.

Newbattle Abbey Adult Learning Conference

The fifth Adult Learning Conference took place in Newbattle Abbey College on the 24th April and delegates came from local authorities, colleges, National Organisations, Higher Education and the Third Sector.  Shirley- Anne Somerville,  Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science delivered the Keynote Address and announced grant support from Education Scotland for the Adult Achievement Awards. Joan MacKay, Assistant Director, Education Scotland, invited the audience to help shape the CLD offer in the light of Education Scotland’s new National and Regional responsibilities. Adult Guidance was the theme of the

conference, introduced by Marian Docherty, Principal of Newbattle Abbey College and there were two powerful testimonies from adult learners about their learner journeys and the importance of adult guidance in shaping their futures. Conference delegates agreed recommendations for actions to develop Adult Guidance in Scotland. This Action Plan will be sent to Ms Somerville and the National Strategic Forum for Adult Learning will implement the recommendations once approved by the Minister.

National Youth Work Strategy

The National Youth Work Strategy Group met on 2 May at Youthlink. Key themes arising were how to build on the legacy work of the YOYP and ensure that the new Strategy was reflective of young people’s aspirations and how to make use of evidence from the GUS research to help inform the new Strategy and build a strong evidence base for the future.

Languages in FE and ESOL Practitioner Professional Learning Network

The second meeting of the steering group for the Languages in FE and ESOL Practitioner Professional Learning Network took place at the end of April. This network is being supported by a partnership between the College Development Network, Education Scotland and Scotland’s Centre for Languages.

The Languages and ESOL network supports the learning and teaching of all languages and cultures. Its purpose is to be a national voice for languages and ESOL within FE and the wider community, and to provide a platform for sharing and developing practice in its widest sense. For more information about the work of the steering group, please contact Mandy Watts.

National Strategic Forum for Adult Learning in Scotland Learner Voice Working Group

The National Strategic Forum for Adult Learning is chaired by Education Scotland. The new Learner Voice Pack contains information on the work of this strategic group and case studies from Glasgow Women’s Library, Scottish Book Trust, Stirling Council, Crisis Skylight Edinburgh, Scottish Borders CLD, East Renfrewshire Council, Age Scotland, Airdrie Adult Learners’ Forum  and West Dunbartonshire Learners’ Voice. It is accessible now from the CPD Forum page of i-develop. It will be formally launched at Learning Link Scotland on the 15th May.