Here you will find various recording from  social pedagogy events and webinars. The recordings of SPPA events from October 2023 onward (including the webinar series and the annual conference) will only be available for full and organisational members via our membership area. Previous recordings will remain available to everyone here and via our YouTube channel.

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07/06/2021 Behaviour management or behaviour support? Exploring the threshold concepts The notion that reward and punishment are the best ways of bringing up and educating children denies the vast array of strong evidence to the contrary and concerns us greatly at SPPA. The English Education Minister, Gavin Williamson, has been calling for greater control and discipline of children and young people returning to the classroom, despite there being no evidence that the pandemic has brought on more unruly behaviour than usual, and masses of evidence that children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing needs more attention now than before.<br /> <br /> This webinar presents stimulating contributions from Dr Laura Steckley, University of Strathclyde on threshold concepts, Simon Johr, Coventry Social Services on transforming behaviour support guidance and practice in the fostering service, and Joe Gibb, Compass CFS Scotland on supporting children’s pro-social behaviour in residential childcare. Open file
11/03/2021 Social Pedagogy & Global Crisis As part of the regular lockdown social pedagogy gatherings 2020, Ali Gardner and Lowis Charfe talked about Social Pedagogy in the global crisis. This webinar is a mix of lectures followed by an interactive discussion in which concepts, theory and practice are addressed in an interactive way. This webinar adds to SPPA's aim of collecting and sharing experiences and evidence of how our profession can ultimately contribute to a more inclusive and empowered society.<br /> <br /> Support SPPA: https://sppa-uk.org/make-a-donation/ Members only
11/03/2021 Ken Robinson’s Legacy On Friday the 18th of September, we had an amazing and fun webinar about Sir. Ken Robinson’s legacy. This event was hosted by Robyn Kemp, chair of SPPA trustees, Thure Johansen from Treehouse Associates and Gabriel Eichsteller from Thempra. Members only
10/03/2021 Social Justice & Social Pedagogy While social pedagogy is undoubtedly concerned with what happens in everyday practice, it is equally concerned with how societal and institutional structures and systems contribute to or cause inequalities. As social pedagogues/social pedagogy practitioners and educators we have a responsibility to make ourselves aware of and actively challenge political powers in the fight for social justice and equality. Members only
10/03/2021 Accelerated childhoods and the case for slow pedagogies In this webinar, Dr Alison Clark presents the initial findings of a two year study: ‘Slow knowledge and the unhurried child’.<br /> <br /> The study, funded by the Froebel Trust, explores the contemporary context of early childhood education and alternative approaches to the discourse of measurement. It also explores where ‘slow practices’ are happening now and in the past.<br /> <br /> The research focuses on key interviews with early childhood and primary researchers, practitioners and advisors across 11 countries: England, Scotland, Wales, Norway, Japan, Denmark, Portugal, Israel, USA, Canada and Australia. <br /> <br /> In this talk, Dr Clark explores definitions of slow knowledge and slow pedagogies. She will raise questions about the possibilities and challenges of placing time, as well as the spatial dimensions of early learning, centre stage. Members only
14/04/2020 Social Pedagogy and Spatial Approaches in Germany and England: Concepts and Practice This webinar explores social pedagogy concepts and practices from Germany and England. The emphasis is on spatial approaches and its links to social pedagogy. There is a Keynote lecture by Prof. Christian Spatscheck from the University of Bremen, followed by an interactive discussion in which experts from the field architects and participants had the opportunity to reflect about their own practice and explore the links and divergences of social pedagogy. Open file
21/02/2018 Going back to a new way of doing On 21st February 2018, Lowis Charfe and Ali Gardner from the University of Central Lancashire's School of Social Work, Care and Community delivered a webinar entitled 'Going back to a new way of doing'. The webinar explored the ways social pedagogy links into to social work practice and the practical benefits of applying. It explored practice across the life-course including the adult sector in relation to the Care Act 2014. The speakers talked about how students on the social work degree at University of Central Lancashire used social pedagogy as part of their practice in their final third year placement. SPPA would like to apologise for technical experience during the recording which means from 10:25 to 45:25 viewers will experience an occasional pop-up on screen. Members only
24/01/2018 Writing for the International Journal of Social Pedagogy The International Journal of Social Pedagogy (IJSP) was set up in October 2012 to further the discourse about social pedagogy. The journal welcomes articles that demonstrate innovative contributions which can show the dynamics and the potential of social pedagogy. We therefore accept contributions from researchers, scholars, educators, policy-makers, and practitioners in social pedagogy and related fields. In this webinar, Ian Caswell from the IJSP shares advice and guidance on how you can contribute to the journal. There was a Q&A for those interested in submitting to the journal, led by SPPA Trustee Robyn Kemp. Open-to-all, this webinar will advise you on making a contribution to the IJSP, whether through a thought piece, conversation transcript or practice paper. Open file
22/11/2017 A social pedagogy approach to organisational change Social pedagogy is developing in the UK as a relationship-based approach to working with children and young people, and increasingly other groups of people. We hear stories of how relationships are transformed, outcomes are improved and staff are motivated to give of their best. But we also hear how the organisations in which we work are not aligned to social pedagogy approaches, how they focus on risk rather than opportunity, process rather than people, and planning rather than transformational change. This webinar considers ways of thinking about organisations, their routines such as business planning, strategic planning and organisational restructuring, that go with the grain of social pedagogy, and help to create the conditions in which relationship based approaches can thrive. Members only
17/10/2017 Participation and Association In this webinar, Jameel Hadi looks at how involvements in leisure activities promote the strengths and collaboration of young people. This contrasts with partial and targeted approaches to participation that prioritise issues of voice over activity.  Social pedagogy can help validate many examples that exist within health, social care, children’s service and community sectors of using creative activities. In doing so it enables us to reconnect with the UK traditions based in association and social education. Members only
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