Level 3 Diploma in Social Pedagogy
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 practitioner with an understanding of social pedagogy 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.
Jacaranda and ThemPra have recently developed a Level 3 Diploma in Social Pedagogy in partnership with SPPA. We envisage that this will be available from early 2017 in all four UK nations. We will provide support for accreditation of our previous courses, as well as new social pedagogy courses with accreditation.
The Diploma in Social Pedagogy will enable you to meet the new SPPA standards of proficiency in social pedagogy and to use the title of Social Pedagogy Practitioner.
Who is it for?
This new qualification provides an excellent development opportunity for people working in care and education across the age range. Settings include:
• 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 and community services
• Advocacy and participation services
• Person-centred care
• Mental health support
• Day care and supported living for adults
• Arts-based support projects
What does it include?
The Diploma in Social Pedagogy is built on our longstanding experience in delivering unique social pedagogy courses. Delivered over 8 days, the Diploma draws on experiential, active and reflective learning methods to:
• Develop your practice by integrating social pedagogical theories and principles
• Practice with greater self-confidence, intention and creativity
• Develop important interpersonal strengths such as communication, relational and reflective skills
In addition to the face-to-face course, you will be supported in your learning journey and working towards your assessment. Assessment will be through a portfolio and will involve a variety of tasks including some written work, observation, self-reflective journal, presentation and other holistic assessment methods.
What professional development and career opportunities does this offer?
Level 3 covers the foundational knowledge of the principles and practice of social pedagogy and has been designed as an entry level qualification for residential care and for working without direct supervision in educational and care settings across the life course. Successful graduates of the qualification may carry the title Social Pedagogy Practitioners and can register with SPPA. The qualification is also a passport to further study and development and offers progression to the SPPA endorsed Level 5 Diploma in Social Pedagogy, which is envisaged to be available from 2018.
The level 3 and level 5 qualifications may be recognised by employers for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in Children’s and Adults’ Services.
Who delivers the Diploma?
Jacaranda and ThemPra, UK pioneers in social pedagogy learning and development, are approved to deliver the Diploma. Other centres are invited to apply.