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SPPA conference 2018 - 'Growing up, growing old, and staying well: a social pedagogical approach'

We are delighted to announce the second annual SPPA conference. We will have speakers and workshops on a variety of topics, exploring our conference theme ‘Growing up, growing old. Staying well: a social pedagogical approach’.

Current public policy reform in all four countries of the UK envisages new ways of practicing in care, education and health services for individuals, families and communities. But delivery often falls short of being transformational. Social pedagogy has a life course perspective and foregrounds everyday living contexts. Social pedagogy is a relational and ethical practice that gives practitioners a values framework, alongside theories and tools with concrete applicability to everyday practice. Social pedagogy holds the possibility to support current policy direction and to enhance the quality of service provided.

This conference, hosted by the Social Pedagogy Professional Association (SPPA), will be an invigorating, refreshing, creative, and quirky reframing of public policy and the way we practice. There will be an opportunity to hear from leading voices in public policy and to participate in workshops about changing practice on the ground to enhance the quality of life and outcomes in the many settings where social pedagogy is active.

Our keynote will be delivered by Professor James Mitchell from the School of Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. Prof. Mitchell will be talking about the ambitions of public policy that resonate with social pedagogy, such as community engagement and collaborative learning, and why these are hard to translate into practice on the ground.

There will be workshops hosted on a variety of themes, from building trusting, sustainable relationships with young people, adopting a social pedagogic approach to working with adults with learning disabilities and more from across the life course. Workshop titles and speakers will be confirmed ASAP.

*Not yet a member? Joining as a SPPA member only costs £70 and you can then avail of the SPPA member early-bird fee of £60 until 6 July 2018 (and if you are a student/non-wage earner you can join for £25 and avail of the £25 conference fee). The total cost of SPPA membership and the early-bird fee is the same as attending the conference as a non-member, plus you get one year access to SPPA membership benefits.

To book: 

  1. Sign in or register to use the SPPA website.
  2. Click 'Book Event' on the top-right of the page.
  3. You'll be automatically redirected to the UCL Online Store for payment. 
  4. Click 'Book Event' again.
  5. If you're new to the UCL Online Store register as a 'New Customer', otherwise log-in with your UCL Online Store details (these are not the same as your SPPA log-in details). 
  6. Choose your package and follow the form.
  7. Click 'Add to Basket' and proceed to payment.

Who is this conference for?
Session descriptions


Amaka Williams
Andrew Plant
Cecile Remy
Cyndy Humphreys
Dan Johnson
Joerg Schlueter
Kay Redknap
Laurence Alfred
Laverne Cole
Lucy Wright
Martin Alfred
Mathias Loureiro-Prati
Patricia Walls
Prof Pat Petrie
Robert Koglek
Sandra Sabiston
Sue Jones
Thure Johansen

Event Details


09:30 - 16:30

Surgeons’ Hall,
Nicolson Street,

SPPA member standard fee – £80
Non-member standard fee – £150
SPPA member concessions fee – £25
Non-SPPA member concessions fee - £50

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