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CLD Response to Covid-19: North Lanarkshire Council

Community Learning and Development (CLD) response during COVID -19 lockdown

North Lanarkshire Council – Adult Learning Delivery

Continuing our series of case studies from the West Region on the amazing response of CLD during COVID-19 lockdown we now want to highlight work from North Lanarkshire Council CLD Adult Learning Team.

Across North Lanarkshire Council the CLD Adult Learning Team has continued delivering their CLD service throughout the COVID lockdown period. Initially the CLD staff kept the lines of communication open and established the best way to keep in touch with all learners considering the range of devices being used and the level of learners’ digital involvement. The CLD – Communities and Adult Learning Team looked to ensure that fundamental needs were covered such as information on what was going on, access to food and prescriptions and support for those in isolation.

The speed of response by CLD staff was most impressive and all learners had established contact very early on. The flexible approach took into consideration the position of each individual learner. e.g. WhatsApp groups, Facebook pages, Zoom – all mediums were utilised depending on what learners were best able to engage with reflecting the social practice approach. There also had to be consideration of learners that did not access social media or were not online in anyway. Some learners were contacted by phone and door step drops of learning packs and resources if required. The focus was prioritised around learning and health and well-being.


  • Learning Packs – ALN & ESOL

(Measuring, puzzle books, writing activities, Summer Reading Program)

(ESOL- photo dictionaries, SQA materials, Worksheets)

  • Pivot Garden – Updates posted on progress of newly completed garden and seedlings. Learners were able to access the garden individually and do some upkeep and gardening. Seedlings ‘adopted’ by Community Worker and when established delivered to learners for individual planting.

  • Wednesday Walk – Digital Health Walk – regular timetabled walking activity with theme, promoted via text and social media. Encourages learners to be more physically active and raises awareness of their mental wellbeing. Participants take photos on a positive theme – recent topics have included trees and bees and encouraging mindfulness. Participants then share their photos on social media, increasing their sense of connection. Nature themed topics have been extended with links to materials and activities from Cumbernauld Living Landscapes to encourage further learning.
  • Facebook pages for groups – Motherwell has 3 private Facebook groups set up: Gaelic Culture, Northern Lights Discovery and COLTS Discovery Group.  The learners are able to be in contact with one another and share photographs of their current activities and trips from last term. The Gaelic Culture Group have now set up Facebook Room within their private group; every Tuesday from 1-3pm they meet up for a video chat, practise their language skills together and do a short quiz. One group member who had been housebound over the last term has enjoyed being able to re-join her group online.  The Discovery learners have all kept on track with their activities during lockdown and one learner has just achieved her Silver Award. Wishaw Family History Group have a private Facebook Groups which allows the learners to keep in touch and share photographs of their current family tress and any progress made on their work. The group ‘meet’ weekly for a Facebook video chat: this allows them to socialise with one another, check in with the Support Worker for welfare purposes and share any new findings. Not only has the Facebook group decreased social isolation it has also allowed for learners to learn new IT Skills and explore avenues on social media platforms that they didn’t know existed!
  • ESOL Online -Aimed at ESOL learners and resettlement refugees. Delivered by Community workers, Support workers and Social Work. Ongoing WhatsApp groups where work is posted and a group for information sharing on Covid developments in Arabic & English. Weekly video calls and lessons for each learner. Difficulties were /are mainly which platform to use and longer term the need for a VLE set up for learners to submit work and track progress. Staff need for training in the use of digital online learning platforms and managing of social media.

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.

Monday 10th August: 12 – 12.45pm, YouthLink Scotland: Speak up on digital, Zoom, https://bit.ly/39QyUEX

Monday 10th August: 2 – 3pm, Youth Scotland: Laughter Yoga Awareness session, Zoom, https://bit.ly/2C74phl

Tuesday 11th August: 10 – 12pm, Fast Forward: Young People & Gambling Harms CPD, Family Services, https://bit.ly/2CnpeFY

Tuesday 11th August: 10.30 – 12pm, YouthLInk Scotland: ‘Creating an Intersectional Gender Architecture – the status of women in Scotland, structures and intersectionality’, https://bit.ly/30bEBZM

Tuesday 11th August: 12 – 12.45pm, YouthLink Scotland/CHAS: Take active listening online, https://bit.ly/2D4SjFV

Wednesday 12th August: 10- 12pm, Youth Scotland: STEM, Zoom, https://bit.ly/3fFRsdj

Wednesday 12th August: 11 – 12.30pm, YouthLink Scotland: How YOU(th) can be a leader for change, https://bit.ly/3ezfuWc

Friday 14th August: 2 – 3pm, Youth Scotland: Laughter Yoga Awareness session, Zoom, https://bit.ly/3gp7OXE

Friday 14th August: 2 – 3pm, LEAD Scotland: Supporting others to be safe online, Zoom, https://bit.ly/2BGPOtc

Wednesday 19th August: 6 – 8pm, Youth Scotland: STEM Toolkit, Zoom, https://bit.ly/2XoPdUB

Thursday 20th August: 1 – 4pm, YouthLink Scotland: Digital youth Work Hackathon, https://bit.ly/2OnsWSn

Monday 24th August: 1 – 2pm, LEAD Scotland: Online Safety, Zoom, https://bit.ly/2Pq6c4l

Tuesday 25th August: 10 – 12noon, PB Scotland: Learning Event: Participatory Budgeting in a Digital World, Zoom, https://bit.ly/3a4HFf1

Tuesday 25th August: 10 – 12.30pm, Youth Scotland: Growing Confidence – Session 1/3: Why Relationships Matter, Zoom, https://bit.ly/32Zxo22

Tuesday 25th August: 10 – 1pm, YouthLink Scotland: What on earth is digital youth work? Zoom, https://bit.ly/3gxVCno

Wednesday 26th August: 10 – 12.30pm, Youth Scotland: Growing Confidence Session 2/3: Brains and Behaviour, Zoom, https://bit.ly/2OVxjUO

Thursday 27th August: 10 – 12pm, Fast Forward: Young People & Gambling Harms CPD, Family Services, https://bit.ly/2ZIYFDI

Thursday 27th August: 10 – 12.30pm, Youth Scotland: Growing Confidence – Session 3/3: Understanding & Managing Stress, Zoom,  https://bit.ly/2WYSHga

Saturday 29th August: 11 – 12pm, LEAD Scotland: Online Safety, Zoom, https://bit.ly/2BWHrtG

Monday 31st August: 4 – 5pm, Education Scotland: End of the Day DYW Blether: Personal learning and Achievement, https://bit.ly/3kiSrTn

Tuesday 1st September: 10 – 1pm, Youth Scotland: Child Protection Awareness, Zoom, https://bit.ly/2CTw465

Wednesday 2nd September: 10.30 – 12.30pm, Young Scot: #YSHive System Changers Unleashed : Empowering young people in Scotland, Zoom, https://bit.ly/304W72X

Wednesday 2nd September: 11am – 12pm, Education Scotland: CLD Adult Learning webinar, Google Meet, TBC

Thursday 3rd September: 2 – 3pm, Fast Forward: Young People & Gambling Harms CPD, Youth Employability Services, https://bit.ly/2ZHCcXL

Tuesday 8th/Wednesday 9th September: 10.30am – 3.30pm, YouthLink Scotland: Digital Youth Work Summit, Save the date for now  online booking will be available soon!

Thursday 10th September: 9.30am – 2pm, CORRA Foundation: CYPFEIF & ALEC Online conference; Building Resilience, https://bit.ly/3gkn3kJ

Wednesday 30th September: 11am – 12pm, Education Scotland: CLD Adult Literacy webinar, Google Meet, TBC

Thursday 29th October: 4 – 5pm, Education Scotland: End of the Day DYW Blether: Personal learning and Achievement, https://bit.ly/3kiSrTn

Monday 14th December: 4 – 5pm, Education Scotland: End of the Day DYW Blether: Personal learning and Achievement, https://bit.ly/3kiSrTn

Monday 8th February: 4 – 5pm, Education Scotland: End of the Day DYW Blether: Personal learning and Achievement, https://bit.ly/3kiSrTn

Also check out https://bit.ly/3fN7Fgi and https://bit.ly/2V4g5Iw for a range of pre-recorded webinars from the Education Scotland Digital Skills team. These were created for formal education setting, but the content will be a just as relevant to CLD practitioners. For example, learn how to use Microsoft Forms for quizzes and surveys or watch the session on online gaming and gambling.

Please contact Susan.Epsworth@educationscotland.gov.scot if you would like us to promote something on your behalf

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.