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.


25/12 Merry Christmas everybody!!
We wish all our members and friends a lovely Christmas!!!
25/12 Would you like to get to know LEYF our newest Gold member?
We are the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) the largest charitable childcare social enterprise in the UK and provide outstanding care and education for [...] read more
12/12 SPDN Blackpool
On 26 November the Social Pedagogy Development Network had their 19th networking event in Blackpool. This year SPDN  was hosted by  Empowerment and SPDN [...] read more
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

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