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 are currently being delivered by Jacaranda and ThemPra.

Why learn about social pedagogy?

Social pedagogy connects care and education through relationship-centered 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. Social pedagogues and social pedagogy practitioners are able to form warm and authentic professional relationships that make a genuine difference to the lives of the people they work with and address social inequality through educational means.

What social pedagogy qualifications are available?

Through the Scaling up Social Pedagogy Project (SUSP) at UCL SPPA Standards for Education and Training are now available to define and quality assure what we expect of all learning programmes in social pedagogy.

At present, the following qualifications are endorsed by SPPA as meeting these standards:

Other learning providers including universities and colleges are in the process of seeking SPPA endorsement or may do so in the future. Please see relevant webpages of social pedagogy course providers, such as:

We welcome applications from other education providers who want to have their learning programmes endorsed. Please contact sppa@ucl.ac.uk for further details.

*Please note that Crossfields Institute’s Level 3 and Level 5 Diploma in Social Pedagogy qualifications are not affiliated with UCL. For further information on this qualification, please read Jacaranda and ThemPra’s Terms and Conditions. 

See what other courses are available below:

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) – Social Pedagogy across Europe

ThemPra and UCLan have partnered with six organisations across Europe to develop a Massive Open Online Course in social pedagogy, which is currently being piloted with 250 learners. The MOOC will officially launch in early 2019. To join the fire starter event at UCLan on 6th September and sign up for any news please visit www.thempra.org.uk.

“Heart – I am left feeling so excited and energised about the connections that are arising from the course. The back of my neck feels alive, I notice a sense of ‘up’ within my torso and a forward direction within me. I feel eager, interested and curious.

Head – Another layer of information. A ‘home base’ for me and my practice. Theory to underpin practice – providing frameworks/a language to help me talk about what is important to me in what I do and to be able to communicate with others about it. Definitions of participatory practice. 

Hands – I am keen and motivated to continue with the course. I will find time to read ALL the articles.”

Quote from one of ThemPra’s pilot learners

Diamond Course

ThemPra’s Diamond Model outlines the overarching aims and aspirations of social pedagogy and illustrates the role of social pedagogical practitioners to help children and young people discover their innate potential and resources. As an introductory course aiming to raise awareness and create further interest in social pedagogy, the 3-day Diamond course enables participants to experientially engage with core social pedagogical concepts and to explore the relevance of social pedagogy for their practice. Following our Diamond Model, the course explores how practitioners can enhance children and adult’s well-being and happiness, create holistic learning opportunities and further strengthen their relationships in ways that empower children and adults.

Next course likely to start in autumn 2018. Visit www.thempra.org.uk for future dates.

A Social Pedagogical Perspective on Supporting Children with Trauma

ThemPra have recently developed a new 4-day course, which specifically aims to enable practitioners to understand the impact of adverse childhood experiences on children’s development and how social pedagogy can make a difference. Emphasising the power of positive relationships, the course provides practice-relevant insights into how professionals can recognise and nurture everyday interactions as positive experiences that enrich children’s inner worlds and support both healing and well-being. We successfully piloted this course as part of a European project led by Children in Scotland and are currently offering this to organisations.

Here’s a quote from a course participant:

“This course has to be made mandatory learning. It has made me reflect on why I entered the care sector and has given me renewed hope that social pedagogy *IS A WAY OF LIFE* for everyone.”

Visit www.thempra.org.uk for more information.

Social Pedagogical Leadership Course

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. ThemPra’s social pedagogical leadership course provides an opportunity for existing and potential leaders to explore in dialogue social pedagogical leadership, what this means for individuals, teams, and most importantly the impact leadership has on the staff and clients at the heart of services. The 4-day course now forms the introductory module of the MA in Social Pedagogy Leadership at UCLan, giving course participants the option to gain accreditation and progress onto this exciting Master’s programme.

Here’s a quote from a previous course participant:

“The course had such a positive effect on my practice and myself in general. It made a great difference to how I work in our team, made me feel that I was on the right track and really made me reinforce my feelings.”

New course starting in autumn 2018. Visit www.thempra.org.uk for future dates.