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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. 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 2015, Thursday 9th July

University of Salford, Mary Seacole Building, Frederick Road Campus

Salford M6 6PU

Keynote speakers:

  • Gurnam Singh, Principal Lecturer, Coventry University                                                                             The Direction of Social Work Education
  • Siobhan Maclean, Researcher, Trainer, Consultant and Managing Director, Kirwin Maclean     Assessing students on placement: All the Cs?

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

Workshops will include:

1. University of East London – Social Work Student facilitated workshop on student experiences of being assessed and being on placement

2. Tom Woods – Practice Learning Co- ordinator, Warrington Borough Council – Practice educators’ experiences of facilitating and assessing ethics and values learning 

3. Nigel Kelleher, Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work, Edge Hill University – Does ASYE Work? Reporting and reflecting on the experience of some newly qualified social workers in the North West

4. Liz Bord – Peer assessment of practice educators under PEPS

5. Joanne Westwood, Senior Lecturer in Social Work,  University of Stirling – Social media and its uses in social work education and assessment

6. Ian Brodie, Senior Lecturer, Glasgow Caledonian University – Student supervision

7. Hellmuth Weich, Senior Lecturer, De Montfort University – Assessing values and ethics: the impact of personal and cultural beliefs 

8. Siobhan Maclean, Researcher, Trainer, Consultant and Managing Director, Kirwin Maclean Associates  – Workshop 1 - Using specific social work models as learning and assessment tools; Workshop 2 – Developing creative approaches to supporting students with theory and practice

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

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

Day Delegate Fee:  £50.00 (including lunch and refreshments).

If you wish to attend the 2015 NOPT Conference, please access further details and book your delegate place using the following link

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