HM Chief Inspector of Education, Dr Bill Maxwell, has released a report on Scottish education, from early years through to adult learning, based on evidence gathered by HM Inspectors over the past four years. Quality and improvement in Scottish education 2012-2016 sets out key areas of strength in Scottish education and also highlights areas where there is a need for more focused effort to achieve further improvements.
The section on Community Learning and Development reports that “In almost all learning communities, inspectors identified that a common strength was the way in which community-led organisations engaged effectively with their local community. We highlighted that in the most effective examples, local people were empowered to influence decision-making in their local communities. Local people increasingly secured new services and created employment opportunities in disadvantaged areas, for example through the creation of development trusts. There is scope for providers to involve local people and community groups more in decision-making processes, including Community Planning Partnerships”