Committed to quality practice learning

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. 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.

NOPT organises an annual conference to bring practice educators together to consider the latest practice and policy issues and to share good practice. NOPT’s current activities include participation in The College of Social Work’s Learning and Development Reference Group.

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

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NOPT Conference 2016, Thursday 7th July

University of Wolverhampton

Mary Seacole Building (MH Building)

Nursery Street, City Campus North

Wolverhampton WV1 1AD

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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