Training in social pedagogy supports and encourages the learning of professionals, including carers. Systemic support and consultancy ensure practice and organisational developments run in tandem and support the learning.
Each learning and development course is tailored to the needs and setting of the participants’ work and focuses on facilitating reflection. Through the use of social pedagogic methodology, participants gain further insight into their role and enhance their interactions with colleagues and others beyond, in the institution, community and society more widely.
One of the many benefits is that learners locate the theories that underpin tacit knowledge and their intuitive practice. And newly learned theories and concepts are applied to practice. Learners grow in confidence, apply theories to their practice and can discuss them with other professionals.
An Ofsted inspection for Derbyshire’s Children and Young Adults reported,
“For example, the social pedagogy model has resulted in reductions in the need for restraint and a reduction in the numbers of children missing education. It has also been effective in improving staff morale and reducing sickness levels.”
Learners find new ways of reaching joint goals with service users. Methods and concepts enhance their existing professional toolkit and social pedagogical thought informs how these are used. There is an increased awareness of their potential as facilitators of development and positive change.
In addition, values and beliefs become explicit and often shift during a social pedagogy learning and development course.
“Some things you tell me I have already done with my child. I can now make a conscious decision on when I suggest what, and what the purpose is. I never thought that something as simple as playing a ball game can be so powerful and educational until I reflected on all the things this can trigger in a person.”
Foster Carer – Head, Heart, Hands programme