Current members Education Scotland

Education Scotland





Education Scotland is a Scottish Government executive agency charged with supporting quality and improvement in Scottish education and thereby securing the delivery of better learning experiences and outcomes for Scottish learners of all ages.


Our status as an executive agency means that we operate independently and impartially, whilst remaining directly accountable to Scottish Government ministers for the standards of our work.

This status safeguards the independence of inspection, review and reporting within the overall context of the National Performance Framework.

Education Scotland‘s chief executive is responsible to Scottish ministers, within the terms of the framework document, for its management, performance, and future development.

Supporting Community Learning and Development

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

Education Scotland delivers a number of functions in relation to community learning and development (CLD) such as providing support to the sector to build capacity and embed policy in practice through guidance, training and grant funding.

As of August 2018, the Scottish Government has policy lead responsibility for CLD, youth work, adult learning, English for speakers of other languages, and adult literacies, providing advice to Scottish Government Ministers and working with stakeholders to develop and implement policy for CLD.