Next Social Pedagogy Development Network event

Join us at our next virtual SPDN event

27 November, 2020, 10am-1pm (GMT)

We warmly invite you to join our next Social Pedagogy Development Network event. As we’re nowhere nearer to holding face-to-face events and given the success of the virtual SPDN event in July, we’ll continue to run this via Zoom. Click here to register for your free place at the SPDN on 27 November, 2020.

The event will broadly follow a similar format to our previous face-to-face events, focussing focus on participatory methods that foster connection, dialogue and shared meaning-making. We’ll be adapting this even more to an online environment and share further details with you after registration.

The SPDN is a grassroots movement for nurturing change in education and social care through social pedagogy. It’s a forum for practitioners, students, service managers and academics alike to find out how organisations are developing social pedagogy within their services, to share ideas and to connect with other professionals who have a similar passion for their practice. We hold two free events each year, which aim to increase our collective understandings of social pedagogy in ways that are inspiring, practice-relevant and reflective of social pedagogical principles and values. We aim to stimulate reflection on how you can further develop your practice and thus make an even greater difference to the individuals, groups or communities you engage with.

Thanks to the diversity of participants, the SPDN offers you a real flavour of what social pedagogical practice looks like in children’s homes, fostering services, family support services, communities for adults with disabilities, residential schools and many other settings.

Who can come? If you’re curious about social pedagogy, interested in making connections or eager to improve your practice, then this is the right place for you. Most SPDN participants work with children, young people, families or other adult groups in a care, health or educational setting, but we’re not limited to these practice fields. Anybody is welcome to join us, and we generally have a broad mix of practitioners, senior managers, policy-makers, students, researchers and academics with a variety of backgrounds participating in the SPDN.

Please note that, for purposes of managing registrations and communications, we will transfer your registration details to the SPDN distribution list. You will only receive relevant updates on the SPDN and social pedagogy, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

If you would like to join us at any future SPDN events, please sign up to our SPDN distribution list via this link. We will send you regular updates about the Social Pedagogy Development Network and relevant activities around social pedagogy, and you can unsubscribe anytime.

Join the Social Pedagogy Reading Club with Janet Grauberg

The wonderful Janet Grauberg has just launched the Social Pedagogy Reading Club, the latest amazing learning opportunity in the social pedagogy world.
Journal clubs are a regular cycle of meetings. In each session, the participants summarise the findings of an article, critically discuss them, work in pairs to plan how they will incorporate them into their practice, and choose the next article. The Social Pedagogy Reading Club meets virtually at 7pm on the first Monday of every month, and you’re invited to join us for as many sessions as you’d like. Register here to become part of the Reading Club!

New online course dates – Developing Relationship-Centred Practice 2021

We’re pleased to announce new course dates for our online course on developing relationship-centred practice, offered with Ali Gardner, co-author of Social Pedagogy and Social Work. This is a facilitated 18-hour online course for practitioners and managers working in the field of social care.

 

Course Outline:

Over the course sessions, participants will be introduced to a number of tools to develop relational approaches in their practice when working within complex and challenging environments. Drawing on Social Pedagogy theory and principles, this interactive course will focus on the central role of relationships within teams, organisations and working with individuals and families in the community. Our course will be highly relevant for individuals who seek to bring passion, compassion, integrity and creativity to strength-based practice.

We know that individuals accessing social care place the highest value on good relationships. The recent challenges of COVID-19 have reinforced the urgency of relationships and humanity in our work together and with the community. This timely course therefore seeks to build individual resilience and leadership through strengthening the role of relationships at a practice and organisational level as we move forward.

 

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the online course, participants will be able to:

  1. Apply relational approaches to support strength-based practice.
  2. Understand the role of learning in facilitating well-being, resilience and empowerment.
  3. Develop relational leadership skills supporting professional practice in complex environments.
  4. Adopt a range of reflective tools to enhance relational practice
  5. Look forward to future practice with a renewed focus on the values, key purpose and goals of their work.

 

Facilitators:

The course will be delivered by Ali Gardner (Head, Hearts, Hands in Practice) and Gabriel Eichsteller (ThemPra, a social enterprise leading social pedagogy developments in the UK). With their experience in social work practice, policy, education, training, publishing and international projects in the field of social pedagogy, Ali and Gabriel are well placed to support learning in this area, enabling participants to further strengthen their practice through greater theoretical insight and clear commitment to ethical action.

 

Video conferencing platform:

The six 3-hour sessions will be facilitated using Zoom to allow participants from a wide range of organisations to engage. We operate the upgraded Zoom package with end-to-end encryption and the highest security settings available for video conferencing. No confidential information will be shared as part of the course, and both hosts are ICO registered.

 

Costs:

The pricing is set at £295.00 per participant. 10% discount per place will be offered for the purchase of 5+ places and 15% discount per place will be offered for purchase of 10+ places. Payment can be made either by bank transfer or invoice and must be received by 15th January. Please note that VAT is not applicable.

 

Dates:

The 6 sessions will take place on the following Thursday mornings from 9.30am -12.30pm: 28th January, 4th February, 11th February, 25th February, 4th March, and 11th March, 2021

 

Registration:

To register, please complete our booking form below. Please note that places are limited to 20 participants.

Participants will receive a certificate for the CPD hours completed.

 

Further questions:

If you have any further questions please email Gabriel or Ali.

New online course – Social Pedagogical Leadership 2021

We’re excited to announce new dates for our social pedagogical leadership course – the introductory module of the MA in Social Pedagogy Leadership.

 

Why it’s important:

Leadership is seen as vital to realising aspirations, achieving high-performing teams and creating positive cultures of care. The challenge, however, lies in how we can practice leadership in ways that are authentic and draw out our own and others’ potential. Just as with geese flying in V formation, leadership isn’t just about the people in the top positions – it’s essential to develop each person’s leadership potential.

With its strong emphasis on more equal relationships, learning processes, a shared life-space and ethics as first practice, social pedagogy has important implications for leadership at every level of an organisation. For the development of a social pedagogical culture within your service, it is vital that you and other leaders (such as senior managers, team leaders and other key people) know how to encourage teams to navigate complexity and are able to make situated judgments.

This course provides an excellent opportunity for you as a leader to explore how key principles in social pedagogy translate into leadership, what this means for you, your team, the wider organisation and, most importantly, how social pedagogical leadership can benefit the individuals, families or groups supported by your organisation.

In facilitating the course we will draw on a variety of learning methods that make social pedagogical leadership come to life – through experiential learning activities, group discussions, theoretical inputs, reflection and action planning on how you can develop your own leadership.

This course is endorsed by the Social Pedagogy Professional Association and forms the introductory module of the MA in Social Pedagogy Leadership at the University of Central Lancashire. You therefore have the option to gain accreditation and join the MA programme, usually delivered as a combination of block modules and distance learning modules either full- or part-time.

 

Learning Aims:

By connecting social pedagogical concepts and principles to practice, we aim to:

  1. provide you with an enduring understanding of:
    • Social pedagogy as an ethical orientation based on recognition that human beings are intrinsically rich, have unique value and potential
    • How to convey this belief in everyday interactions and relationships through your social pedagogical leadership
    • How you can create and develop social pedagogical teams and organisations within a positive culture of care

     

  2. ensure you know and are able to apply:
    • Relevant social pedagogical theories and principles for everyday leadership practice
    • How you can initiate and sustain change within a complex practice environment

     

  3. make you further familiar with:
    • The role of communication and empathic listening in social pedagogical leadership
    • Ideas and activities for future team development, supervision and your personal leadership style development

 

Themes:

  • Core concepts in social pedagogy and their implications for leadership
  • Introduction to and perspectives on social pedagogical leadership
  • Leadership as pedagogy
  • The notion of Haltung and ethics as foundational for social pedagogical practice
  • The pedagogy of listening and recognition for leaders
  • Nurturing motivation
  • Creating, developing and sustaining a social pedagogical culture of care
  • Myths and mechanisms of scaling and diffusion

 

Course Facilitators:

The course will be facilitated by Alexandra Priver and Charlotte Firing. We’re both internationally experienced practitioners in social pedagogical settings and have longstanding facilitation and leadership expertise. We’ve led on a number of ThemPra’s pioneering projects in England and Scotland, including Head, Heart, Hands, Dundee Early Intervention Team, St Christopher’s Fellowship, and our EU Leonardo Mobility funded projects exploring social pedagogy in Danish care settings. We’re also co-delivering the MA in Social Pedagogy Leadership in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire.

 

Video conferencing platform:

The six 3-hour sessions will be facilitated using Zoom to allow participants from a wide range of organisations to engage. We operate the upgraded Zoom package with end-to-end encryption and the highest security settings available for video conferencing. No confidential information will be shared as part of the course, and both hosts are ICO registered.

 

Costs:

The pricing is set at £295.00 (ex. VAT) per participant. 10% discount per place will be offered for the purchase of 5+ places and 15% discount per place will be offered for purchase of 10+ places. Payment can be made either by bank transfer or invoice and must be received by 15th January.

 

Dates:

The 6 sessions will take place over 2 blocks with 3 consecutive mornings each to provide an in-depth learning experience: 9:30am – 12:30pm on 25-27 January, 2021 and 22-24 February, 2021.

 

Registration:

To register, please complete our booking form below. Please note that places are limited to 20 participants.

Participants will receive a certificate for the CPD hours completed.

Further questions:

If you have any further questions please email Gabriel.

Webinar series exploring social pedagogy concepts at turbulent times

Our webinar series ‘Exploring Social Pedagogy Concepts at Turbulent Times’ offers a forum for dialogue and ideas. Register now for free!

Our new webinar series exploring social pedagogy concepts during turbulent times launched on 17th June as part of the International Online Conference with a webinar on the Common Third. (If you missed it, you can watch a recording here.) Run in partnership with both the Social Pedagogy Association (US) and the Social Pedagogy Professional Association (UK), each webinar is free to attend and we’re keen for you to share any reflections, ideas and examples you have to offer. Please do get in touch with us if you’d like to be actively involved!

Here’s the full programme for 2020:

  • Diamond Model 26/08 – 10-11am: The Diamond Model serves as a reminder that every person is inherently rich and that we all benefit when we look for the best in people. Register here to join.
  • 3 Ps 28/09 – 10-11am: How can we be professional AND personal whilst leaving the private self out of practice? And how has lockdown changed this balance? We’re curious to hear your reflections. Register here to join.
  • Relational Universe 26/10 – 10-11am: At times like this it’s crucial that people feel connected. We’re all interdependent, and the Relational Universe expands our professional understanding of what relationship-centred practice is all about. Share your thoughts and insights! Register here to join.
  • Learning Zone Model 23/11 – 10-11am: Uncertainty and upheaval make it challenging to be in the learning zone when the panic zone feels just around the corner and the comfort zone feels like the only safe place. So how can the Learning Zone Model help us? Register here to join.
  • Critical Reflection 14/12 – 10-11am: Critical reflection is never more needed than when things are turbulent, chaotic and messy. By using a structured process to examine more deeply what’s happening, how this is affecting us and others, what influences there are, how we can critically analyse the situation to learn and act, we’re ensuring that we feel better equipped to deal with uncertainty and complexity. Register here to join us.

Please get in touch with us if you’d like to actively contribute to any of these webinars. More Social Pedagogy concepts will follow in due course. Which ones would you like us to explore?