Next Qualification Open Course Starting in April 2019!
We’re pleased to announce that our new Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Social Pedagogy is now running. This is an excellent personal and professional development opportunity for anyone interested in social pedagogy.
“Having spent nearly 4 years embedding social pedagogy into a local authority through the fostering service, with foster carers and looked after children, I can see the considerable benefits that social pedagogic learning has had in stabilising looked after children’s lives in foster care.”
Alison Benjamin, Service Manager, Fostering Surrey County Council
This exciting new qualification offers an excellent professional development opportunity to anyone interested in social pedagogy. It is divided into 7 units:
The qualification consists of our 8-day, face-to-face course, which draws on experiential, active and reflective learning methods to:
- Develop practice by integrating social pedagogical theories and principles
- Practice with greater confidence, intention and creativity
- Enhance important interpersonal skills such as communication, relational and reflective skills
In addition to the 8-day course, the qualification includes virtual learning in our Moodle, self-guided learning and practice application as well as holistic assessment through four assignments: a social pedagogy handbook, a case study, a group presentation, and a creative scrapbook.
The qualification is regulated by Ofqual, with Crossfields Institute as the Awarding Organisation. Its 47 credits mean that the total qualification time is 470 hours. Further details are available in the qualification specification.
It is also approved by the Social Pedagogy Professional Association as meeting its Standards of Proficiency in Social Pedagogy. As a graduate you may carry the title of Social Pedagogy Practitioner. The qualification is also accepted as an entry requirement by the University of Central Lancashire for their BA in Social Pedagogy, Advocacy and Participation.
Why learn about social pedagogy?
Social pedagogy connects care and education through relationship-centred practice. Its central idea is that each person has inherent potential, is valuable, resourceful and can make a meaningful contribution to their wider community if we find ways of including them. The objective in social pedagogical practice is to create the conditions in which people can thrive and unfold their unique potential. As a social pedagogy practitioner you are able to form warm and authentic professional relationships that make a genuine difference to the lives of the people you work with and address social inequality through educational means.
Social pedagogy is highly relevant for inter-professional practice in educational and care settings across the life course. Successful graduates of the qualification meet the new SPPA Standards of Proficiency in social pedagogy and may carry the title Social Pedagogy Practitioner. The qualification offers progression to further study and development, including our SPPA endorsed Level 5 Diploma in Social Pedagogy.
This new qualification provides an excellent professional development opportunity for people working across the age range in the following settings:
- Residential and foster care
- Services for care leavers
- Adoption support
- Early childhood education and care
- Education services, including schools, virtual schools, residential schools, Pupil Referral Units
- Youth justice
- Early Help and family support
- Field social work
- Independent reviewing
- Youth, play and community services
- Advocacy and participation services
- Person-centred care
- Mental health support
- Day care and supported living for adults
- Arts-based support projects
Who delivers the Diploma?
We are one of two centres approved to deliver the Diploma, which we have developed in partnership with Jacaranda, the Social Pedagogy Professional Association, and the Crossfields Institute. The qualification is built on our collective longstanding experience in facilitating unique social pedagogy courses.
When and where does it start?
If you’re an individual learner wishing to undertake the qualification, you can do so by joining our open course. ThemPra’s next open courses will take place in Preston from April 2018 (see further details here), and Jacaranda’s course in Woking starts in February 2018 (see here). If neither dates or locations suit you, please get in touch and we’d be happy to discuss possible alternatives.
Courses can also be commissioned by single organisations and regional clusters of organisations (see here for relevant information), so it’s worth checking out with your employer and colleagues if they are interested. We are very happy to support you in outlining the organisational benefits of investing in social pedagogy.
Recognition of prior learning
If you have previously participated in a social pedagogy course, we may be able to recognise your prior learning. Please contact us for further details, so that we can discuss what level of support you will require to refresh or deepen your learning and undertake the qualification.
The introductory fee for the Full Qualification through ThemPra is £2,400 per learner. As a social enterprise, all of our vocational courses are exempt of VAT.
If you have completed a social pedagogy course of six or more days with us, the fee is £1,100 (no VAT) per learner for 2 days of top-up learning and development, access to our Virtual Learning Environment and assessment (limited to first 50 learners).
If you are interested in this qualification, please find all relevant documents in the left column or register with your details to receive the application pack.