Social Pedagogy

Ref: C2339481

In the UK Social Pedagogy is an emerging professional discipline. It provides an ethical framework for holistic, strengths-based practice with adults across the age range. This one-day introductory course is an exciting opportunity for organisations and services working with adults in, for example, residential and domiciliary care, community based projects and statutory services. It is appropriate for managers, field workers, experienced volunteers and trainers.

Additional information about this course

Community building; holistic practice (Working with head, heart and hands and seeing others as similarly whole beings); wellbeing, learning and growth; critical reflection; relationship-based work; creativity; strengths and values led practice. Social Pedagogy learning and development can improve professional ability to work in an enabling way with people in their own social and cultural context. Placing creative, authentic practice at the centre of our work supports more finely tuned engagement with the challenges often encountered by the individuals and groups we work with.

Course aim

The course focuses on developing the worker as a whole person in a relationship with their beneficiaries as whole people, in the context of work with individuals and with groups, living within organisational or neighbourhood communities.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Have a basic familiarity with the core concepts of Social Pedagogy.
  • Exploration of where SP philosophy and practices support and give voice to your current practice, where they extend it, where they challenge it
  • A strengthened professional identity in an important and developing area of practice, including: a sense of cohesion and ‘shared movement’ with other practice areas / services.
  • Participants leaving the day with reflections on the resourcefulness of older age.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Social Pedagogy


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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