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.

The Social Pedagogy Professional Association (SPPA) was launched in February 2017 to hold the Standards of Occupational Proficiency, and Standards of Education and Training in Social Pedagogy. We represent members in all four countries of the UK. Our overall aim is to improve the support of children, young people and adults, many of whom live in disadvantaged circumstances or are vulnerable.

As part of our role, SPPA endorses and supports qualifications in social pedagogy. We currently endorse two Diploma in Social Pedagogy at Levels 3 and 5, and an MA in Social Pedagogy at the University of Salford.


12/12 Dreaming of New Horizons: Unaccompanied Children and the Common Third
By Jameel Hadi   Every child is an explorer, blessed with the urge to wanderlust. Show the child various ways of navigation, weather-sense, boat-building [...] read more
27/06 UCLan BA Social Pedagogy, Advocacy and Participation trip to Berlin
As the saying goes ‘travel broadens the mind’ and the opportunity for students to go on overseas trips is a good way of helping [...] read more
26/06 An introduction to social pedagogy for those working with older people in Leicester
Maggie Kuhn, leader of the Grey Panthers in the US in the 1980s, suggested the young and the old had much in common. Both [...] read more
16/05 SPPA update – March 2018
Every month, we want to provide you with an update of our activities. They will complement our bi-monthly newsletters and will arrive in your inbox [...] read more

Watch our highlights from last year’s SPPA conference – ‘Social pedagogy as education in its broadest sense’