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Social Pedagogy Development Network

We warmly invite you to the next virtual Social Pedagogy Development Network event. As we’re nowhere nearer to holding face-to-face events and given the success of the virtual SPDN event in July, we’ll continue to run this via Zoom. Click here to register for your free place at the SPDN on 27 November, 2020.

The event will broadly follow a similar format to our previous face-to-face events, focusing focus on participatory methods that foster connection, dialogue and shared meaning-making. We’ll be adapting this even more to an online environment and share further details with you after registration.

About the SPDN

The SPDN is a grassroots movement for nurturing change in education and social care through social pedagogy. It's a forum for practitioners, students, service managers and academics alike to find out how organisations are developing social pedagogy within their services, to share ideas and to connect with other professionals who have a similar passion for their practice. We hold two free events each year, which aim to increase our collective understandings of social pedagogy in ways that are inspiring, practice-relevant and reflective of social pedagogical principles and values. We aim to stimulate reflection on how you can further develop your practice and thus make an even greater difference to the individuals, groups or communities you engage with.

Thanks to the diversity of participants, the SPDN offers you a real flavour of what social pedagogical practice looks like in children’s homes, fostering services, family support services, communities for adults with disabilities, residential schools and many other settings.

Who can come? If you're curious about social pedagogy, interested in making connections or eager to improve your practice, then this is the right place for you. Most SPDN participants work with children, young people, families or other adult groups in a care, health or educational setting, but we're not limited to these practice fields. Anybody is welcome to join us, and we generally have a broad mix of practitioners, senior managers, policy-makers, students, researchers and academics with a variety of backgrounds participating in the SPDN.

Please note that, for purposes of managing registrations and communications, we will transfer your registration details to the SPDN distribution list. You will only receive relevant updates on the SPDN and social pedagogy, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

The Social Pedagogy Development Network is coordinated by ThemPra in partnership with Jacaranda Development, Treehouse Associates, the Centre for Understanding Social Pedagogy at the UCL Institute of Education and the Social Pedagogy Professional Association (SPPA). We have been working together since 2008 on developing a stronger identity of social pedagogy in the UK and collaborated on various pilot projects, including the Head, Heart, Hands programme led by the Fostering Network. We have also been working together on developing standards in social pedagogy and setting up SPPA. We aim to work collaboratively where possible as we share a vision for social pedagogy in the UK and want to demonstrate the synergies and strength that come from working together.

 Register for the SPDN here 


Event Details


10:00 - 13:00

(Register using the zoom link provided)