Category Archives: CLD

Upcoming webinars and online opportunities for CLD

The Education Scotland team have collated a number of webinars and online opportunities hosted by ourselves and others that may be of relevance to CLD practitioners and managers. See details of dates, times, platform where available and link for signing up below.

Wednesday 27th May: 12-1pm, Lead Scotland, Supporting Others to be Safe Online, Zoom, https://bit.ly/3bz93AG

Thursday 28th May: 10am-1pm, YouthLink Scotland, What on earth is digital youth work? https://bit.ly/2T6WdDz

Thursday 28th May: 3-4pm, Education Scotland, Big CLD Blether, Google Meet, https://bit.ly/2AszMCh

Monday 1st June: 11-12pm, Education Scotland, Adult Literacies Webinar, Google Meet, https://bit.ly/36gDZof

Tuesday 2nd June, 10-12pm, Youth Scotland, Hi5 & Dynamic Youth Awards Training, https://bit.ly/3bHelu7

Tuesday 2nd June, 2-4pm, Youth Scotland, Hi5 & Dynamic Youth Awards Training, https://bit.ly/2AFdHAx

Tuesday 2nd June, 2-4pm, Youth Scotland, STEM Toolkit, https://bit.ly/2zbBRlA

Tuesday 2nd June: 2-3.30pm, SCVO, Workplace Culture, staff wellbeing & remote working, Zoom, https://bit.ly/2zv1Kgx

Tuesday 2nd June: 3-4pm, Lead Scotland, Supporting Others to be Safe Online, Zoom, https://bit.ly/3bz93AG

Wednesday 3rd June: 10am-1pm, YouthLink Scotland, What on earth is digital youth work? https://bit.ly/2T6WdDz

Wednesday 3rd June: 1.30- 2.30pm, Education Scotland, ESOL Webinar, Google Meet, https://bit.ly/2TqnJvI

Wednesday 3rd June: 2-3pm, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Module 5 – Participants Profile intro, Microsoft Teams, https://bit.ly/2ZGawD0

Thursday 4th June: 11-12pm, Education Scotland, Adult Learning Webinar, Google Meet, https://bit.ly/3cO4QuD

Thursday 4th June: 2-3.30pm, SCVO, Community Learning & Development (CLD) Digital, Zoom, https://bit.ly/2ZCaITH

Monday 8th June: 2-4pm, Youth Scotland, STEM Toolkit https://bit.ly/2TgxDjA

Tuesday 9th June: 2-4pm, Youth Scotland, STEM Toolkit https://bit.ly/3fZIE2v

Wednesday 10th June: 2-3pm, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Module 1 – Manage Participants,  Microsoft Teams, https://bit.ly/3dgBsxn

Thursday 11th June, College Expo 2020, programme throughout the day, College Development Network, https://bit.ly/2B3tclZ

Wednesday 17th June: 1-3pm, EPALE UK, Digital Challenges and Opportunities for Community Adult Educators, https://bit.ly/2TGmDw1

Wednesday 17th June: 2-3pm, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Module 2 – Intermediate, Microsoft Teams, https://bit.ly/2Xtxpad

Saturday 20th June: 11-12pm, Lead Scotland, Supporting Others to be Safe Online, Zoom, https://bit.ly/3bz93AG

Wednesday 24th June: 2-3pm, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Module 3 – Expedition section, Microsoft Teams, https://bit.ly/2ZBgqW4

Tuesday 30th June: 10-12pm, Youth Scotland, Growing Confidence 1/3 Why Relationships Matter, https://bit.ly/2TfjXFF

Tuesday 30th June: 2-3pm, Lead Scotland, Supporting Others to be Safe Online, Zoom, https://bit.ly/3bz93AG

Wednesday 1st July: 2-3pm, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Module 4 – Advanced, Microsoft Teams, https://bit.ly/3c5QoN6

Adult Literacies and ESOL visit

On Tuesday 3rd March and Wednesday 4th March 2020 Education Scotland welcomed colleagues from the Waterford and Wexford Education Board http://waterfordwexford.etb.ie/ in Ireland. They came to Scotland to learn about Adult Literacy and ESOL provision delivered across different providers. 

Education Scotland’s CLD, Parental Engagement and Family Learning team welcomed the visitors and heard about the delivery methods, resources and focus in Ireland. Nicola Sykes, Senior Education Officer, shared information on the regional and national commitments of Education Scotland as well as within the scrutiny directorate. Nicola also gave a background to CLD provision in Scotland, in terms of how it is set up and the role of the CLD Standards Council. 

The programme for the two days was developed with many partners across the West and Forth Valley and West Lothian regions and was a huge success! The adult literacy group visited provision in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire as well as in Stirling. The local authorities organised for learners, volunteers and staff to be available to share information, resources and knowledge on the delivery methods used in Scotland. The group also met with City of Glasgow College who shared their Community Learning and Development programme, detailing the focus on health and mental health programmes whilst embedding SQA qualifications in delivery.

The ESOL group had a particular focus on SQA ESOL qualifications from ESOL literacies through to ESOL at the different levels available. They met with the ESOL Team at SQA who were able to discuss how the qualifications were developed, including the content, assessment and verification processes required. They also met with Glasgow ESOL Forum, a voluntary organisation who deliver ESOL with embedded SQA’s in various community settings in Glasgow along with North Lanarkshire Council who also embed qualifications into their ESOL provision. North Lanarkshire Council also had a Syrian learner giving a presentation showing his journey over the last three years from arrival, initial English assessments, learning and volunteering opportunities to him now working on an apprenticeship programme.

North Lanarkshire had various partners attend the session such as Voluntary Action in North Lanarkshire, volunteers, befrienders and CLD staff who were able to share their experiences of the partnership approach to the delivery to ensure learners learn English as well as integrate into the community, make connections and progress in their lives independently.

If you would like to hear any more about the visits please contact Laura McIntosh, CLD Development Officer, mailto:Laura.Mcintosh@educationscotland.gov.scot

 

Regional CLD Engagement Events

We’re working with the Scottish Government, local CLD partners and CLD Standards Council to host 10 Regional Engagement Events on Adult Learning and CLD policy. The morning sessions will focus on consultation on the development of the new Adult Learning Strategy and the afternoon will allow an opportunity for partners to explore the local and national context for CLD. See sign up details for each region below:

Northern Alliance (Elgin 24th February)

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adult-learning-collaborating-for-improvement-regional-events-elgin-tickets-91278708073

West (Glasgow 25th February)

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adult-learning-collaborating-for-improvement-regional-events-glasgow-tickets-91381956893

South East (Edinburgh 27th February)

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adult-learning-collaborating-for-improvement-regional-events-edinburgh-tickets-91351882941

Forth Valley and West Lothian (Livingston 5th March)

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adult-learning-collaborating-for-improvement-regional-events-livingston-tickets-91349461699

Tayside (Dundee 11th March)

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adult-learning-collaborating-for-improvement-regional-events-dundee-tickets-91380358111

Northern Alliance (Aberdeen 16th March)

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adult-learning-collaborating-for-improvement-regional-events-aberdeen-tickets-91350498801

South West (Dumfries 17th March)

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adult-learning-collaborating-for-improvement-regional-events-dumfries-tickets-91356221919

West (Coatbridge 18th March)

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adult-learning-collaborating-for-improvement-regional-events-coatbridge-tickets-91383948851

South East (Galashiels 24th March)

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adult-learning-collaborating-for-improvement-regional-events-galashiels-tickets-91352472705

South West (Ayr 27th March)

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/adult-learning-collaborating-for-improvement-regional-events-ayr-tickets-91357575969

 

 

 

Adult Learning Strategy sub group update

 Following the first meeting of the Adult Learning Strategic Forum for Scotland (ALSFS), in September, the Adult Learning Strategy Sub-Group set about getting 5 consultative workshops and an adult learning survey underway. 

By late-October, the learning survey was up and running (https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/AdultLearningSurvey2019/).  This will remain live until at least the end of November, so please encourage and support your learners to participate.

The Strategy Sub-Group would like to thank the partners and colleagues who participated in the recent strategic themed workshops.  These were organised around the themes of:

The Adult Learning Offer and Planning Progression

Advice and Guidance

Access, Empowerment and Change

Learning for Work

Workforce Development

 The rich discussion led to outputs and actions which the Sub-Group are now reviewing.  These will be reported to ALSFS when it next meets in December. Although still early in its conception, work around the new Adult Learning Strategy has already gathered momentum and it’s hoped that colleagues and partners are already enjoying a sense of involvement and ownership of the strategy, which is expected in late 2020. 

If you haven’t had the chance to input into the strategy yet, further consultation is planned over the coming months for local services, practitioners and learners – dates and locations to follow.  We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Focus on Adult Learning in CLD

This month marks 100 years of Adult Learning. Across our communication channels we have been busy highlighting the campaign and the work that Community Learning and Development (CLD) covers in adult learning.

The thing that surprises most people about CLD is the variety of roles and diversity of learning that is covered. People who work in CLD often have a variety of disciplines to cover and ensure they are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide these. The CLD Standards Council is the professional body for people who work or volunteer in CLD.

Adult literacy & Numeracy in Scotland follows a social practice model. It looks at the skills, knowledge and understanding that a learner has to build on and relates learning to a context within personal, family, working or community life. Provision is offered in a learner centred way and can use real life resources such as bills, letters, newspapers or other household resources to support learning to have a real life context.

ESOL is English for Speakers of other languages and community based ESOL is delivered by CLD teams across Scotland. Scotland has supported the Syrian Resettlement Scheme in recent years which also links to ESOL provision and wider CLD activity in communities although this can look different in different local authorities. ESOL learners can come from any country in the world and groups can be made up of a variety of languages and cultures.

Community based adult learning in Community Learning and Development (CLD) can cover a wide variety of learning opportunities that are intended to be informal, relaxed, friendly opportunities that aim to break down barriers for learners who are hardest to reach. These can be adults with multiple barriers such as mental health, physical health, learning difficulties, alcohol and drug addictions, long term unemployment and social isolation among others.

Adult learning in CLD covers a variety of areas such as confidence building, health issues, bereavement, life changes (such as divorce or redundancy) focussing on areas of high deprivation where poverty impacts on households and families.

CLD is a value-based practice and CLD professionals have committed themselves to the values of self-determination, inclusion, empowerment, working collaboratively and the promotion of adult learning as a lifelong activity. Programmes and activities are developed in dialogue with communities and participants, working particularly with those excluded from participation in the decisions and processes that shape their lives.

The focus of CLD in all areas of adult learning are improved life chances for people of all ages, through learning, personal development and active citizenship with stronger, more resilient, supportive, influential and inclusive communities.

The Education Scotland CLD Team works to support the CLD sector in delivering high quality learning opportunities relevant to the communities that are in need. The Education Scotland CLD Team supports professional learning across different areas of adult learning in CLD and supports the creation of new policies and strategies. The team is keen to share and promote interesting practice that is of interest delivered by CLD workers who work tirelessly to improve the communities and individuals they work with. Get in touch if there is a piece of work you would like us to share! Contact Laura.McIntosh@educationscotland.gov.scot for more information.

Towards Best Practice in Educating Separated Children

Scottish Refugee Council, Glasgow Clyde College, Aberlour and Stirling University ran a conference on Wednesday 25 September, the culmination of a year-long project, Towards Best Practice in Educating Separated Children. The aims of the conference were to:

  • To present new research by Stirling University into the educational and language needs of unaccompanied asylum-seeking, refugee and trafficked young people (16-18)
  • To present the views of young people themselves on their education and aspirations; and
  • To promote the Glasgow Clyde College ‘16+ ESOL’ model – rationale, and curriculum and teaching resources.

The 16+ESOL Routes to Learning handbook sets out the approach, curriculum and teaching resources of Glasgow Clyde College’s 16+ESOL programme for separated children (16-18). It is a helpful resource for lecturers and teachers educating separated children in Scotland, the UK and elsewhere, in colleges and schools or in the community as well as other professionals, such as social workers and guardians. Whilst developed for separated children, the resources may be used and adapted in other ESOL, EAL and other language learning settings. A link to further online resources can also be found in the handbook.

The full research report and executive summary can be found here  Towards Best Practice in Educating Separated Children

The live stream footage from the conference in Glasgow on educating separated children is on Youtube (64 mins). It features researchers from Stirling University presenting their findings into Glasgow Clyde College’s 16+ESOL programme, as well as a presentation from two of the lecturers behind the programme.

A film of four young people (9 mins) who have benefited and graduated from the 16+ESOL programme was shown at the conference.

The project was funded by the Glasgow Clyde Education Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

An exemplar of the 16+ ESOL programme at Glasgow Clyde College can also be found on the National Improvement Hub.

Update from the Adult Learning Strategy working group

Following on from our last update, posted after the highly successful Adult Learning Conference at Newbattle Abbey College,  the Adult Learning Strategy working group, a subgroup of the Adult Learning Strategic Forum for Scotland, has met on several occasions. There have also been meetings with the new chair of the Adult Learning Strategic Forum for Scotland: Mhairi Harrington, to discuss progress with the strategy’s development. As you might expect, the final document is still a number of months away so a great deal of work is still needed before a first draft of the strategy is available for consultation. At this stage however the group is pleased to report that the outline of a strategy, based on all the prior consultation and feedback from the sector, is beginning to emerge.

The working group are clear that any new strategy should be aligned to the National Performance Framework so the key deliverables within the strategy will contribute to one or more policy objectives. A draft vision and mission has now been developed and some broad areas of focus and key delivery themes are gradually being formed. All of these developments and proposals from the working group were discussed at a full meeting of the Adult Learning Strategic Forum for Scotland on 20th August and an update to the wider sector will follow about the continued shaping of the strategy.

The strategy working group has also been looking to find ways and means to engage directly with learners and ensure that any strategy fundamentally meets learner needs. A survey questionnaire is now in the final stages of development. This will be tested in the next few weeks with several small focus groups before wider circulation later in the year.  This will also provide a snapshot picture of adult learning in Scotland so please help us by sharing the survey so that this data is as robust and representative as possible.

The outcomes from the meeting of the Adult Learning Strategic Forum for Scotland on 20th August and the feedback from the learner questionnaire will shape the efforts of the working group over the next few months. A number of sector stakeholder events will be planned around the proposed themes and areas of focus. These will be led by members of the working group and will give everyone further opportunities to comment on and contribute to the next stages of the strategy’s development.

The working group will continue to update the sector regularly and hope that you and your learners will join us to share your views in the months ahead, as the strategy develops.  All opportunities for engagement will be promoted widely through the usual channels.

For more information contact Nicola.Mcandrew@gov.scot