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The SPDN is a community of practice for nurturing change in education and social care through social pedagogy. Join our virtual gathering.

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We warmly invite you to join our next virtual Social Pedagogy Development Network event. The virtual gathering offers 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. For us it's about enabling a thousand flowers to bloom - so instead of the conformity of monocultures you'll get a flavour of the rich diversity in which social pedagogy is growing in different practice settings.

The virtual gathering offers an open space for you to talk about what matters most to you with people who share your interest and thus help shape the social pedagogy discourse. If you're interested in learning a lot more about social pedagogy, then join one of our experiential online courses, our webinar series and other learning events.

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Organiser ThemPra, SPPA, Jacaranda & Treehouse Associates

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The Social Pedagogy Development Network is co-ordinated by ThemPra in partnership with the Social Pedagogy Professional Association (SPPA), Jacaranda Development, Treehouse Associates and the Centre for Understanding Social Pedagogy at the UCL Institute of Education. We have been working together since 2008 to develop a stronger identity of social pedagogy in the UK and have 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 co-operating.

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