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 upcoming programme:

  • 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.

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?

New online course – Social Pedagogical Leadership

We’re excited to announce that our social pedagogical leadership course – the introductory module of the MA in Social Pedagogy Leadership – is now available online.

 

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 September.

 

Dates:

The 6 sessions will take place over 2 blocks with 3 consecutive afternoons each to provide an in-depth learning experience: 1:30pm – 4:30pm on October 12, 13, 14 and November 9, 10, 11.

 

Registration:

To register, please complete our booking form here. 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.

New degree programme: BA (Hons) Early Childhood in Society (Graduate Practitioner)

It’s great to see a new degree programme launch with a strong social pedagogical foundation, as the School of Education at the University of Worcester is starting its new, innovative BA (Hons) Early Childhood in Society (Graduate Practitioner) in September 2020. 

For many young children life is magical; their early years are carefree and full of wonder. For a significant minority of children, however, life is not so great. These children and their families need professionals who use their personal warmth to help children develop self-efficacy skills; the ability to make positive changes within their own lives. This may be an informed teacher, an understanding practitioner, a committed family support worker, a visionary charity worker, a skilled play worker/therapist, an effective welfare officer, a reflective SEND teacher, an ethical business owner or a courageous NGO/aid worker.

 

About the course

The course is structured to enable students to follow their own pathway. Mandatory modules focus on key skills and knowledge, enhancing understanding of how children learn, develop and think and the range of factors that can influence these. The choice of optional modules provides opportunity for further specialisation.

Students will spend 210 hours per year in practice to help prepare them for graduate employment. The Graduate Practitioner pathway of the degree is recognised by the Department for Education as being “Full and Relevant” which means students can be counted in ratios in early years settings (provided they have passed GCSE maths and English (or equivalent) and the practice modules). Practice is assessed through the meeting of Graduate Level Competencies underpinned by the Early Years Educator and QAA benchmarks; or if students choose to select the Early Childhood in Society pathway practice is assessed against the requirements of the Social Pedagogy Standards.

 

Where is the course taught?

The BA (Hons) Early Childhood in Society is taught face to face and is delivered over three years, full-time study.  

You will also have the opportunity to undertake a placement abroad.

 

What award will the course lead to?

The BA (Hons) Early Childhood in Society (ECIS) degree will lead to one of the following awards:

  • ECIS (Graduate Practitioner) (assessed practice in an Ofsted registered in years one and two leading to “full and relevant” status. Practice in any regulated setting in year three)
  • ECIS (assessed practice in an Ofsted registered setting in year one, then in any regulated setting in years two and three)

 

For further information please visit the university’s website. Alternatively, contact Nicola Stobbs at: n.stobbs@worc.ac.uk or Sue Baylis at: s.baylis@worc.ac.uk

New online course – Developing Relationship-Centred Practice

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve teamed up with Ali Gardner, co-author of Social Pedagogy and Social Work, to develop an exciting new online course on developing relationship-centred practice. This follows our popular online seminar on this theme, extending this to 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 September. Please note that VAT is not applicable.

 

Dates:

The 6 sessions will take place on the following Tuesday or Friday mornings from 9.30am -12.30pm:

Cohort 1: 29th September, 6th October, 13th October, 3rd November, 10th November and 17th November

Cohort 2: 2nd October, 9th October, 16th October, 6th November, 13th November and 20th November

 

Registration:

To register, please complete our booking form here. 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 Social Peda-Blogs

For anyone interested in learning more about social pedagogy in practice, check out the following blogs that have been published over the last few weeks:

 

Spatial social work, social pedagogy and the arrival of COVID-19 in practice: Prospects for new ways of working in uncertain times

By Bianka Lang

Bianka Lang’s practice paper, published in the International Journal of Social Pedagogy, discusses how working with young people in creative ways, can support social workers in understanding how they view and give meaning to the social spaces around them. Further opening up a conversation on how social pedagogical practitioners might practice post Covid-19.

Young people in care: how lockdown provides a haven of security and belonging

By Claire Cameron

In her latest IOE Blog, Prof. Claire Cameron shares examples of how social pedagogical practice is benefitting young people in care amidst the Covid-19 crisis. A reduction of external stressors, a simpler life and closer relationships with carers during lockdown are proving more than just a silver lining.

 

The art of diamond polishing

By Ed Greenhalgh

In this SPPA blog, Ed Greenhalgh shares his social pedagogy journey, which has taken him to Denmark as part of our EU Leonardo Mobility projects and further to undertaking the BA in Social Pedagogy, Advocacy and Participation and the MA in Social Pedagogy Leadership at UCLan. He outlines how social pedagogy provides a framework for discovering the diamond in every person and helping to make it shine.

 

The Haltung Hulk

By Dan Arrowsmith

This SPPA blog by Dan Arrowsmith reflects on the deeper meaning of why social workers should be treasured and the core beliefs of why they choose the career in the first place. He poses the key question of how we can create an environment where social workers can harvest their haltung, nourish it, and avoid the outbursts of hulk frustrations.

 

If you’re interested in writing a blog or a practice paper, please get in touch with SPPA and the International Journal of Social Pedagogy.