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SPPA Online Forum

SPPA Online Forum: A catalyst for change? Opportunities to transgress everyday practice internationally

We are looking forward to you on 18th April for this exciting and unique online forum!

Time TBC 

The SPPA annual online forum is open to members and non-members. This will be a space for dialogue, open discussion and learning where we will gather to reflect, learn and propose different ways of transgressing together!

We invite practitioners, students, pedagogues, artists, academics, policymakers and everyone interested in and/or passionate about social pedagogy from everywhere in the world and across various disciplines to attend this online forum. 

We have amazing workshops,  lightning talks and creative exhibitions.

We have amazing workshops, lightning talks and creative exhibitions: 


1. Disturbing practice: Facilitating teacher change within professional learning communities

By Alan Ovens, New Zealand & Aspasia Dania, Greece

2. Socio-pedagogical approaches in community development: Pathways for systematization and reconfiguration

By Filipe Couto, Portugal 

3. Communicate and resonate to transgress: Case studies from Iraq, Rwanda and Myanmar

By Zoe Matthews, UK

4. Difficulty of Transgression in South Korea

By Seongjong Lee, South Korea 

5. What do Children Learn When They Teach a Dog to Read?

By Terri and Copper Hlava, United States

Lighting talk

A children's home or a home for children?

by Leoni Hagemann and Matilda Simpson, Germany-UK

Creative exhibitions

Organic Solutions

Isabella Wesoly, UK

About the topic for this year

What does it mean to transgress?

How can social pedagogy practitioners support each other, be brave enough and develop their internal sense of power to make steps towards developing a professional practice that is feminist and anti-racist, that supports others to also connect with their internal power? How can social pedagogy practitioners support each other to take risks and face uncertainty, against the status-quo?

At the face-to-face conference in August, we heard how researchers from Denmark, Brazil, Scotland and England used bell hooks’ ideas around transgression to understand how social pedagogues work in their different national contexts. For the online forum, we want to reflect on their thinking and look at how this could benefit us as practitioners through creative and inclusive approaches. We’d love you to join us in doing this and bring your unique thoughts and experiences to the table.

Who is this online forum for?

All those interested in a social pedagogic approach to delivering care, education and health services, ranging from practitioners to policy makers, students, academics, artists, poets, musicians and other creatives.

You might be working in early childhood education and care, family support, youth work, foster care, social work, in day care services for older people, mental health services or residential childcare. 

There is a place in social pedagogy for all of you! There is a place for transgression in all these areas, so we welcome your ideas!



If you have any questions, please contact us at

Looking forward to hearing from you!


Tickets are available via TicketTailor here 


Take advantage of our EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT extended until 10th March!

  • SPPA full individual members and organisational members:  reduced from £25 to £20

NOTE: To access the special member's discount please click the Do you have an access code? link and input the code you normally use for webinars, which is available via the Membership Account page of our website. You will then see an option that says Early Bird SPPA Members £20.00. Simply choose the quantity and proceed to payment. If you need assistance finding the code or accessing the discount please contact us at, we will be more than happy to help. 

  • Non-members: reduced from £35 to £28
  • Concessionary rate (for students, foster carers and unwaged): reduced from £20 to £16

Event Details


10:00 - 14:00


From £16, tickets available on Ticket Taylor