We are the professional home for social pedagogy in the UK

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.

A programme of cross-national research showing good results for children and young people in other European countries led to feasibility studies in the UK. These in turn led to training programmes, supported by employers and educational institutions, which introduce social pedagogic approaches to practitioners working with disadvantaged children and young people.

SPPA is supporting the development of qualifications including two diplomas in social pedagogy – at Level 3 and Level 5 in England (and equivalent Levels in other UK countries). These will be delivered by Jacaranda and ThemPra.


27/10 SPPA update – October 2017
Since its launch in February 2017, 125 people have become Founding Members of the Social Pedagogy Professional Association (SPPA). SPPA aims to be the [...] read more
26/06 SPPA Update – June 2017
The Social Pedagogy Professional Association was launched in February 2017 at the British Academy. Since then 65 people have become Founding Members. SPPA aims [...] read more
21/06 Social Pedagogy in Germany – Integration in the Community by Professor Claire Cameron
In Berlin, SOS Kinderdorf runs a service that is focused on the twin concepts of ‘integration’ and ‘meeting the communities’ needs’. The service is [...] read more
31/05 University of Salford: An inspiring social pedagogy learning event by Professor Pat Petrie
On 26 May 2017, Jameel Hadi, Lecturer at University of Salford, hosted an Introduction to Social Pedagogy learning event, an inspiring forerunner for their [...] read more

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