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.


13/11 The annual SPPA Conference was a big success!
Last month, on the 3rd of October, we had our annual conference: Creativity and Social Pedagogy – Towards transformative practice.  The event took place [...] read more
09/08 Social Pedagogy Development Network (SPDN) event 8th July, Myle Cross Centre, Lincoln Host: Lincolnshire County Council
The SPDN event was hosted by Lincolnshire County Council, and held at their Myle Cross training complex in Lincoln. The programme format was similar [...] read more
07/08 Welcome to LEYF, our newest gold member!!
We are thrilled to Welcome London Early Years Foundation  as our newest Gold member!! If you are interested and want to find out more [...] read more
21/06 Kingston University course becomes SPPA endorsed
SPPA holds a register of learning programmes (courses, qualifications) which demonstrate that they offer high quality learning in social pedagogy. For this reason, SPPA [...] read more

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