SPPA endorses our Social Pedagogy Practice learning programme

We’re excited to share that the Social Pedagogy Professional Association has formally endorsed our new Social Pedagogy Practice learning programme. Combining our online course on Developing Relationship-Centred Practice and our MOOC on Social Pedagogy across Europe with team development training and ongoing peer learning, the new learning programme is designed to embed social pedagogy within frontline practice and throughout organisations. It is aligned with the SPPA Social Pedagogy Charter and Standards, meaning that graduates will gain the title of Social Pedagogy Practitioner.

We have developed the Social Pedagogy Practice learning programme with the National House Project, a brilliant charity that provides support and expertise to local authorities across the UK to set up and manage Local House Projects so that young people leave care in a planned and supported way. This learning programme will create a recognisable bespoke CPD programme for house project staff that is carefully integrated into their practice to ensure that all learning is genuinely relevant and directly benefits the care experienced young people they support. The programme will deepen learners’ understanding of how social pedagogy can provide a shared ethical purpose, unleash their creative potential and further strengthen the amazing practice across house projects.

By combining a range of learning elements that offer many different complementary learning experiences – both online and face-to-face, both individually and in groups, both house project specific and across various practice contexts – the learning programme aims to create enjoyable, meaningful and rewarding learning experiences that help people grow not just as practitioners but as human beings.

We’ll share more insights about the learning programme as this unfolds and are happy to explore opportunities to develop a similar approach with other organisations. Just contact us at dialogue@thempra.org.uk for a conversation.

Making Co-Production Meaningful – new dates for our experiential online course

Learn how to co-create and co-produce positive change with the people and communities you serve

This course is for you if ...

Designed for anyone working in public service, such as social workers, educators, health professionals, community workers, managers, and leaders, our course will introduce you to the key principles of social pedagogy and Human Learning Systems, and how you can use these approaches to co-create change with the people you support. With a strong emphasis on learning transfer and peer learning, the course enables you to connect your learning straight to your unique practice context and critically reflect within an inspiring peer group on how your co-production practices can have the greatest positive impact. Here are some of the benefits of taking this course:

  • You will gain a deeper understanding of the key principles of co-production, collaboration, and participation.
  • You will learn how to apply these principles in your own practice.
  • You will develop the skills and confidence to co-create meaningful change with the people you support.
  • You will connect with a community of practitioners who are also committed to co-production.

Our next cohort starts in February 2024

Session 1: 27 Feb, 2024 – 9.30-12.30
Session 2: 5 Mar, 2024 – 9.30-12.30
Session 3: 12 Mar, 2024 – 9.30-12.30
Session 4: 19 Mar, 2024 – 9.30-12.30
Session 5: 30 Apr, 2024 – 9.30-12.30

Find out more here or click the button to book your place on our next cohort.


Further questions?

Please get in touch with us via email if you would like to know more about this course or any of our other learning activities.

Developing Relationship-Centred Practice – online course

How the Diamond Model can help you place relationships at the heart of your practice

This course is for you if ...

Do you want to build meaningful and authentic relationships that foster well-being, learning, empowerment, and social inclusion? Our course will help you learn and apply the Diamond Model, a powerful concept in social pedagogy that visualises the potential and richness of every human being.

In this course, you will learn:

  • How to express your values and ethics in your interactions with others
  • How to develop authentic relationships that support social inclusion and meaningful belonging
  • How to support people’s well-being and happiness through holistic and strength-based practice
  • How to facilitate learning opportunities that enhance resilience and empowerment
  • How to create positive experiences in the everyday that enable independence and inter-dependence

Our next cohort starts in January 2024

Session 1: 26 Jan, 2024 – 9.30-12.30  
Session 2: 02 Feb, 2024 – 9.30-12.30
Session 3: 09 Feb, 2024 – 9.30-12.30  
Session 4: 01 Mar, 2024 – 9.30-12.30  
Session 5: 08 Mar, 2024– 9.30-12.30  
Session 6: 15 Mar, 2024 – 9.30-12.30 


Find out more below or click the button to book your place on our next cohort.



Further questions:

Please get in touch with us via email if you would like to know more about this course or any of our other learning activities.

Social Pedagogy Development Network

What happened at the in-person mini-SPDN events on 8 June, 2023

“It’s not the things that we know, it’s the things that we notice.
And the things that we notice are fleeting”

(Rick Rubin)

Last week, we co-hosted mini-events of the Social Pedagogy Development Network, bringing together around 200 people across 15 locations in Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, Greece, and Slovakia. A huge THANK-YOU to everyone who participated!

At the events we explored what makes the people we work with intrinsically rich and resourceful and how we can bring the notion of the rich child/young person/adult to life in our practice. Following on from these conversations, we’re getting together online on 19 June to share insights into our discussions and take these one step further: How can we create systems based on a more positive view of human nature? What can we practically do to make this happen within the systems we’re a part of?

Our shared starting point

One of the most foundational tenets of social pedagogy is that every single person is intrinsically rich and resourceful. As human beings we are so much more than the sum of our needs. We can all draw on a huge variety of insights, skills and other qualities. We’re inherently filled with potential and possibilities. And given the right environment, we can further unfold our potential, discover hidden talents and develop new strengths.

This belief in human richness is much more than simple idealism or naivety. It’s a conscious decision to put our attention on helping people thrive – because where our attention goes, the energy flows.

As the first theoretical contribution, we shared this inspiring video with Rutger Bregman talking about humankind and why we have good reason for a more positive view of human nature.

Robyn Kemp from the Social Pedagogy Professional Association followed this up by contextualising how a social pedagogical perspective can help us to bring these ideas to life in practice:

If you’d like to watch the whole hybrid part as it happened, then check out this Zoom recording.

Menti contributions:

We asked all participants across the 15 locations to share key parts of their discussions via Menti. This created 3 beautiful word clouds on 1) one quality that makes us rich, 2) the qualities that make the people we support rich (e.g. school children, young people in care, adults with disabilities, refugees), and 3) how the people we support are viewed by wider society. You can click on the images below to open them.

Art contributions:

Here are a few of the creative contributions from mini-SPDN groups. We’d asked them to fill the outline of a human being with all the qualities that make people rich. Around that, we’d asked them to write down the ways that society views them. In some cases, explorations focussed on a particular group of people, e.g. children in care, people with disabilities, disadvantaged families, refugees, ethnic minorities within the local community, etc. The creative explorations sparked lots of fascinating conversations about how we can help people see the diamond inside themselves and others, how we can apply this very same lens to how we see colleagues and other professionals, and how we can enable wider society to recognise the inner richness of the people we support. Click on the image below to open the photo album.

Want to join us next time?

Please feel welcome to join the Social Pedagogy Development Network’s email list, so that we can keep you up-to-date with future learning events on social pedagogy – all free and for as short or as long as you want.

The Social Pedagogy Development Network is back!

Have you been missing the excitement and networking opportunities of our Social Pedagogy Development Network events in the pre-pandemic past? Then we’ve got exciting news!

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been working on a plan to return to in-person events very soon. We’re delighted to share this with you below and hope you like it!

Keeping the SPDN free and affordable

As you might be aware, all of the SPDN events in the past have only been possible, because we’ve had brilliant host organisations who have kindly provided the space for us to get together. And as organisers, we’ve been happy to co-ordinate the SPDN, because we know that change happens when people come together to share insight, inspiration and ideas.

Like everyone, we’re acutely aware that we’re in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis. This means we’re determined to keep participation free of charge and were looking for a solution that doesn’t incur huge travel costs for those of you who want to take part. We were also very mindful that it makes it all the harder for any organisation to just find the funds to host an in-person event for 100+ people. So here’s what we thought would work:

Small is beautiful: simultaneous mini-events in different locations

Instead of one large central event, we’re hoping to hold several small events, all happening at the same time and in various locations, all inter-connected via video link and social media. This, we hope, will mean that you’ll be able to join an in-person event near you – or put one on yourself, with our virtual support!

What will happen at the mini-events?

One of the most foundational tenets of social pedagogy is that every single person is intrinsically rich and resourceful. Everbody, no matter their age, has the potential to thrive if we can create enabling conditions. However, many of us work within organisational and societal contexts that restrict these enabling conditions. So how can we bring the notion of the rich child/young person/adult to life in our practice? Exploring responses to this question will be the main focus of an engaging, fun and creative session!

When will it happen?

We’ve not yet decided on a date but plan to do this in June, across 4 or more locations on the same morning (10am-12.30pm). We’re also planning to hold an online-only follow-up session a week or so later to share insights and learning across the events. We’ll set the date together with whoever would be happy to host a mini-event, which is where we need your help!

Help us make it happen!

To realise this idea we’re hoping to find a small number of convenors who will each host an in-person event for 10 to 20 people. Could you be one of them?

All mini-events will follow the same format, which we will co-design together with the convenors, so you’ll know exactly what to do and can bring in any ideas of your own if you want. To connect all different events with each other, we’ll provide an introductory input via Zoom, gather the outputs from each local event and share these at an online-only session shortly after the in-person event.

All registrations will be made centrally, so that these are accessible to anyone in the SPDN and beyond, and will remain free of charge. Local catering arrangements will be at the discretion of each host and could range from everyone bringing their own lunch, or something to share or paying a small catering contribution.

Let us know if you’d like to convene a mini-event

If you’d be happy to be actively involved and have access to a meeting room or any other space that can comfortably accommodate between 10 and 20 people, then please let us know by 24 March at the latest! You can find out more here or just click here to drop us an email.