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National Organisation for Practice Teaching


The National Organisation for Practice Teaching (NOPT) is a voluntary organisation with membership from individuals interested in practice learning and social work education. The organisation is managed and run by unpaid volunteers working in their own time. We are committed to promoting quality practice learning opportunities in social work settings for learners working across a continuum of training and education.

In over 30 years of existence NOPT has represented the interests of members through consultation with the major bodies involved in social work education. This has included participation in the Reform process and the development of the Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) in 2010-13. As change seems to be a constant factor in social work, the particular focus of our work has altered over time to reflect changing concerns and currently we are participating in the PEPS Review. Additionally individual members of the committee have contributed to the PCF Refresh.

NOPT organises an annual conference to bring practice educators and any other interested individuals together to consider the latest social work practice and policy issues and to share good practice.

NOPT attempts to disseminate ideas and information and canvas the views of practice educators across the country to contribute to this debate.

We welcome your views – get in touch….

Hold the Date!

The 2018 NOPT Conference will take place on Tuesday June 26th at The University of Worcester, St John’s Campus, WR2 6AJ.

Delegate fees have again been kept low at £80 per head.

More details coming soon! Watch this space.


BASW (June 2017) are currently undertaking a survey on Practice Educator Professional standards (PEPS) that everyone is welcome to fill in. You can access this survey directly on the BASW website or via the following web link

The link is ​


The 2017 NOPT Conference will be held at the

University of Huddersfield on Tuesday 4th July

University of Huddersfield 

Harold Wilson Building

Queensgate, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 3DH


Keynote speakers:  


  • Siobhan McLean. Author, Independent Trainer, Consultant and Practice Educator: “The Learning Journey”

  • Mark Baldwin, SWAN: “Social Work Practice & Social Work Education: crisis, what crisis?”

There will also be the opportunity to attend 2 workshops during the course of the day


Workshops will include:  


.         Direct work with students

·         Anti-racist practice in workplace education

·         Review of the PCF

·         Review of PEPS

·         The PE toolkit

·         Relationship based practice

·         Developing student recording skills in electronic systems

·         How social work students develop professional judgement skills whilst in placement.


Further workshops to be confirmed 


Stands: Kirwin MacLean, Critical Publishing, Sage and a range of other stands will be available on the day.


Registration: 9.30am to 10am


Start: 10am
Finish:  4pm

Day Delegate Fee:  £75.00 (including lunch and refreshments).

To book for the 2017 NOPT Conference, please follow the link below: 

We look forward to seeing you on the 4th July




NOPT Conference 2016, Thursday 7th July, University of Wolverhampton

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Ray Jones – Professor of Social Work at Kingston University and St. George’s, University of London. Reading the Tea Leaves: What’s Ahead for Social Work and Social Work Education.
  • Dr Michelle Lefevre – Senior Lecturer in Social Work & Care, University of Sussex.

There will also be the opportunity to attend 2 workshops during the course of the day

Workshops will include:

  • Collaborative approaches to direct observation – maximising learning through the assessment process – Sarah Williams , Senior Lecturer, Bournemouth University


  • Political activism and the social work placement – Gurnam Singh, Principal Lecturer in Social Work, Coventry University


  • Are we educating for the wrong profession? Findings from a field study on how shame and pride are being used to refashion social workers into a new type of professional – Matthew Gibson, Lecturer, University of Birmingham


  • Experiences of black students in practice placements – Salford University Practice Learning Team


  • Assessing values and ethics: the impact of personal and cultural beliefs - Hellmuth Weich, Senior Lecturer, University of Northumbria at Newcastle


  • Making time for CPD – a necessary evil or a welcome opportunity for growth? Sarah Williams - Senior Lecturer, Bournemouth University

Further workshops to be confirmed

Stands: Kirwin MacLean, Critical Publishing, Sage and a range of other stands will be available on the day.

Registration: 9.30am to 10am                 Start: 10am                 Finish:  4pm                             

Day Delegate Fee:  £75.00 (including lunch and refreshments). If you wish to attend the 2016 NOPT Conference, please access further details and book your delegate place using the following link:

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