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.


27/04 Social Pedagogy in the world today: a round up of some developments
USA Danish pedagogue Mette Christiansen leading on the Bachelor degree in Human Services at City University, New York reports successfully expanding the social pedagogic [...] read more
12/04 We were at the SPDN on 6th and 7th April 2017
The SPPA Team attended the Social Pedagogy Development Network (SPDN) on 6th and 7th April 2017 at West Kent College in Tonbridge, Kent. The main [...] read more
02/03 SPPA launch at British Academy in London
  We were delighted to officially launch SPPA on 21st February 2017 at the British Academy in London. Prof Becky Francies, Director of UCL [...] read more
05/10 We asked, you responded: SPPA topics for programme of activities
Last week we asked you via the Social Pedagogy Professional Network (SPDN), facebook and twitter to let us know what topics you are most [...] read more

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