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.


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
21/06 Social pedagogy’s relevance for Scottish social welfare
Written by Mark Smith (University of Dundee) and Sebastian Monteaux (Abertay University and NHS Tayside) (June 2019), “Social Pedagogy’s relevance for Scottish welfare” explores [...] read more
03/06 SPPA is a registered charity
We are delighted to let you know that we are officially a registered charity!! This opens opportunities for us to apply for alternative funding [...] read more
21/05 The next Social Pedagogy International Conference will be taking place in 2020 in Cyprus
 The  Social Pedagogy Association / Asociación de Pedagogía Social in partnership with Thempra, UCLAN and the Arizona State University are introducing the Social Pedagogy [...] read more

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