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It has been a year since SPPA launched in 2017
On 21st February 2017, SPPA launched at the British Academy with an insightful interview with British Poet Lemn Sissay MBE and Professor Becky Francis of UCL Institute of Education, on 'social disadvantage and the power of education to change it'. 

Since then, SPPA has made great strides in recruiting Founding Members, supporting the launch of the Level 3 & 5 Diplomas in Social Pedagogy, appointing new Trustees and hosting our first AGM event and SPPA Conference in London. With your help and support in achieving this, we hope to replicate this success in 2018 and continue to make an impact across the UK.

We are pleased to confirm that this year's AGM and SPPA Conference will be held in Edinburgh on Friday 28th September 2018 at The Royal College of Surgeons, Playfair Building, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DW

If you had missed the SPPA Launch in 2017 or would like a recap of the interview between Lemn Sissay MBE and Professor Becky Francis, click 'Read more' below. 
Social Pedagogy Information Day
Jacaranda and Kingston University are offering a free-to-attend Social Pedagogy Information Day on 25th April 2018.
The day will provide an overview of social pedagogy, the impact of development projects and a chance to experience social pedagogy in action. The event is for practitioners and leaders alike, in all sectors working with children, families and adults.
To register your interest and find out more, please contact Abby Ladbrooke at
MOOC - Social Pedagogy across Europe
ThemPra and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) have partnered with six organisations across Europe to develop a Massive Open Online Course or MOOC, in social pedagogy, which is currently being piloted by 250 learners.

The MOOC will officially launch in early 2019. To join the fire starter event at UCLAN on 6th September 2018 and to sign up for any news updates, please visit
We're proud to announce our 2018 conference theme:
The theme for this year's SPPA conference has been announced: 'Growing up, growing old, staying well - A social pedagogic approach'. 

Our conference is taking place in Edinburgh on Friday 28th September 2018. More information on how and when to book will be available soon. 

We have now opened our call-for-workshops. If you are interested in running a workshop at the conference around this theme, click below to find out more and to download a submission form. 
Crossfield Institute's Level 3 Diploma in Social Pedagogy
Relevant for practitioners across care, education and health settings, this qualification puts relationships, creativity and learning at the heart of practice. The 47-credit qualification consists of an 8-day face-to-face course, virtual and self-guided learning, practice application and holistic assessment. ThemPra and Jacaranda are starting the first series of open courses for this new qualification. Find details here for ThemPra’s course in Preston, which starts in April 2018. Jacaranda are no longer accepting applications for February 2018 Level 3 Open Session, but another Open Session will be taking place in September 2018 in Greater or Central London.
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Crossfield Institute's Level 5 Diploma in Social Pedagogy
This new qualification provides an excellent professional development opportunity for ambitious practitioners, including leaders, managers and advanced practitioners across care, education and health settings. ThemPra are running an RPL course for participants from previous social pedagogy courses in Scotland from June 2018, with further courses by both centres likely to follow in the autumn and winter.
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IOE Blog Spotlight: Professor Claire Cameron
Professor Claire Cameron (SPPA CEO) has written a blog post for Social Sciences and Social Policy, Institute of Education, on 'Supporting young people in care: Teaching the next generation of professionals ways to think creatively at the point of crisis'. The blog post features case studies from learners of the Level 3 Diploma in Social Pedagogy and is available to read in full by following the link below.
We are proud to offer new individual and organisational membership types for 2018! 
Read here about our flexible packages, tailored to your needs. 

SPPA Membership Renewal
Many SPPA members will find their memberships expiring soon. You can renew your membership in a few steps:
  1. Visit the UCL Online Store from this link, and select the Full Member or Full Member (w/ Qualification) option. This won't affect your Founding Member status.
  2. Log-in with the information you used to access the UCL store last time, and complete payment for your package i.e. student/unwaged, group discount.
  3. The SPPA team will get an automatic notification of your renewal and will approve your Founding Membership renewal on our system.
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Qualifications Open Session in Social Pedagogy
Social Pedagogy is an emerging field in the UK but well established in continental Europe, where theory and practice is concerned with finding solutions to social problems through an educational lens.

“The UK is catching up fast to the power of social pedagogy. It is a cogent approach that allows practitioners to powerfully understand how change occurs and to bring together ‘thinking’ with direct practice between human beings in a range of social situations. It has powerful personal and social impact and deserves to be better understood and utilised.”
Dave Hill – Executive Director Social Care and Education Essex County Council, past President of ADCS

This free-to-attend 2 hour session will offer an overview of social pedagogy, some of the qualifications available and the impact learners’ developed practice has on outcomes, team work and organisational culture.
Social Pedagogy, Advocacy and Participation BA (Hons)
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) offers a full-time, 3 year undergraduate BA (Hons) degree; the first in the UK that brings together social pedagogy, advocacy and participation.

The course has a mixed mode of delivery including taught modules, residential trips and work experience placements. The course will help you prepare for a career working in community settings with people of all ages, background and ethnicities.

For more information, please contact Lowis Charfe on
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Social Pedagogy MA
In September 2018, the University of Salford will launch its first Social Pedagogy MA programme.

Available to study both full-time and part-time, the MA course promotes self-directed, experiential and group based learning. Learners will explore the contribution of positive activities including art and games, whilst gaining an integrated understanding of key themes and disciplines, including sociology, philosophy, social theories of learning and anthropology.

For more information, please contact Jameel Hadi on
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Social Pedagogy Leadership MA
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) is proud to launch the first programme in the UK to bring an innovative social pedagogical perspective to leadership. This MA course can be studied full-time or part-time and is based in Preston, England.

Co-developed and jointly taught with ThemPra, the course enables managers and senior practitioners in leadership roles to apply the principles, theories and philosophies of social pedagogy to develop a culture of care and support within organisations and communities.

For more information, please contact Lowis Charfe on
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SPPA now offers learning programme endorsement 
The Social Pedagogy Professional Association is the professional home and centre of excellence for social pedagogy, its theory and practice. We hold the Standards for Occupational Proficiency (SOPs), and Standards of Education and Training (SETs) in social pedagogy.

As part of this, we endorse, and maintain a register of learning programmes (short courses, NVQs, University degrees) which demonstrate that they offer high quality learning in social pedagogy.

Any organisation wishing to have their learning programme approved by SPPA will need to ensure that it meets our SETs, and in some cases, that it equips learners to meet the Standards of Proficiency in social pedagogy.

As a result of endorsement you can advertise your course as being endorsed by SPPA, with the opportunity to use our logo on your marketing materials. Find out more on our website, where you can download a self-assessment form for your learning programme.
Free event: Relationship-based practice and social pedagogy
SPPA recognises the importance of, and is committed to events with members and friends across the country and in the wider regions of the UK. 

We have planned two events for the North West of England, the first in Preston on Wednesday 18th April 2018, and the second in Salford on Tuesday 24th April 2018.

These events are free and open-to-all and will give attendees the opportunity to learn more about social pedagogy and relationship based practice. Find out more and book below. 
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Free webinar: Level 3 Diploma, a learner's perspective
Since its launch in February 2017, the Level 3 Diploma in Social Pedagogy has seen over 30 learners enroll. 

This webinar will be a chance to learn more about the qualification and what it can do for you, or your organisation. 

You'll be able to hear from 3 learners from Surrey County Council and find out how their learning has benefited their practice. 

It's free-to-attend, taking place on Wednesday 14th March 2018 from 12.30 - 1.30pm. Find out more and book below. 
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