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Community Learning and Development

Community Learning and Development (CLD)

The Community Learning and Development (CLD) team within Education Scotland delivers a range of policies on behalf of the Scottish Government.

CLD supports primarily disadvantaged or vulnerable groups and individuals of all ages to engage in learning, with a focus on bringing about change in their lives and communities. The term covers a wide range of activity such as youth work, family and adult learning, including adult literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), community development and community capacity building.

CLD activity has a strong focus on early intervention, prevention and tackling inequalities.  It plays a major role in raising attainment for all and supporting community empowerment among other key agendas.


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Community development and capacity building
Community development and capacity building can help make communities stronger, more resilient, influential and inclusive. Community development policy is part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to community empowerment.

Community Learning and Development (Scotland) Regulations 2013
This legislation places requirements on every local authority in Scotland to work with partners and communities to secure a CLD plan.

Strategic Guidance for Community Planning Partnerships
Community Planning Partnerships should ensure CLD has a core role in delivering identified outcomes for communities.

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Adult Learning in Scotland, a Statement of Ambition (2014)
Adult learning is essential to enable and encourage adults in Scotland to acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to be active and productive individuals and contribute to society.

Adult Literacies in Scotland (ALIS 2020)
By 2020 Scotland's society and economy will be stronger because more of its adults are able to read, write and use numbers effectively.

Scotland's ESOL Strategy 2015-2020
English language skills is key to enabling full participation in Scottish life, supporting integration, and giving people a democratic voice.

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Youth Work Strategy
Youth work engages with young people within their communities, acknowledging the wider networks of peers, community and culture. It helps young people learn about themselves, others and society through informal educational activities which combine enjoyment, challenge and learning.