Community Learning and Development (CLD): Independent Review

The review will make recommendations on where changes may be required to deliver those outcomes through CLD practice in the context of wider education reform, whilst ensuring sector readiness to meet future known or unknown challenges, whilst being mindful of current challenges around public finances.

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Community Learning and Development (CLD) is a professional practice within education with delivery stretching across all stages of lifelong learning.

The purpose of CLD is to provide early intervention and prevention to those experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, inequality of opportunity within the education and skills system.

This independent review began in December 2023 and was commissioned by Graeme Dey MSP, Minister for Higher and Further Education; and Veterans.

It will offer independent advice and recommendations on the delivery of CLD services in the context of a reformed education and skills system. It will align to the ambition set out by the Skills Delivery Landscape Independent Review.

Scope of review

The review aims to reach the most marginalised people in Scotland who face barriers to learning and work.

In doing this, the review will:

This will involve:

Have your say by 3 March 2024!

The independent reviewer, Kate Still, wants to hear from people who take part in CLD or might want to in the future. And also from those that work in this area.

Kate wants to hear your thoughts or experiences of community learning. If you are a learner or someone who wants to learn, help the review by completing 12 questions in a survey. The easiest way to do this is to answer the questions online at Citizen Space.

Kate also wants to hear from others with an interest in CLD. This includes CLD workers and volunteers, third sector organisations, local government decision-makers or budget-holders, or other service providers such as employability support, benefits or money advice, educator, mental health support worker or GP. You can help the review by completing the CLD practitioners/stakeholders survey on Citizen Space. It’s the easiest way to feedback.

Remember to complete and return your response by 3 March 2024. 

If you cannot access the survey on Citizen Space there’s a template you can complete. Please email:

Timescale – The review will report in June 2024.

Download our guides to support your submission to the CLD Review.