Independent review of community learning and development: Call for evidence - Learner and Potential Learner

Closes 3 Mar 2024

Opened 22 Jan 2024


Community Learning and Development (CLD) is learning that takes place in a community setting. This means that it might take place in a community centre, college, library, or other community facility.

Some CLD might also take place in a school building such as a community wing, or in booked rooms or spaces.

Examples of CLD learning opportunities might include classes to improve reading and writing, using numbers, or a computer; or participate in Youth Work activities, including youth awards like the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

CLD includes special ways of working with different groups of people like Youth Work, Community-based Adult Learning, Family Learning, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and numeracy and literacy classes.

The Scottish Government is reviewing CLD in Scotland, to find out what people think is working well, and what could be done better. We have asked an Independent Reviewer, Kate Still, to look into this in more detail.

As someone who has taken part in CLD learning in the past, or might want to in the future, we would really like to hear your views.

The information you provide will be confidential and will not be used to identify you.

There is some more information on the Review below.

Useful information about responding to this consultation

As you complete your response, each page will provide the option to 'Save and come back later' at the bottom. This means you can save your progress and return to the consultation at any time before it closes. If you don't use this feature and leave the consultation midway through, your response will be lost.

Once you have submitted your response, you can enter your email address to get a pdf copy of your answers sent to you.

On the 'About You' page at the end of this consultation, organisations will have the opportunity to tell us more about their work and/or how their response was informed.

After the consultation has closed there will be a few months delay before any responses are published. This is because we must check any responses to be published abide by our Terms of Use.

A analysis report will usually be published some months after the consultation has closed. This report will summarise the findings based on all responses submitted. It will be published on the Scottish Government website and you may be notified about it if you choose to share your email address with us. You can also join our consulation mailing list where we regularly list newly published analysis reports (as well as new consultations).


Why your views matter

Listening to Learners

Hearing what learners and people who might want to learn in future is really important for this review. We want to hear your thoughts and experiences on the community learning you have done or may want to do in the future.

Please help us with our review by taking some time to complete 12 questions.

We have translated these questions into a range of languages, these can be accessed at the bottom of this page. 

Or, if it’s better for you, please email and we can provide a copy of the questions for you. 

Give us your views


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