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 (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….


Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of The National Organisation for Practice Teaching

The AGM will be held at 11am on Thursday 8th November 2018 at The University of Birmingham. 

Room SR03 (120) Strathcona Building, University of Birmingham Edgbaston Campus (Building R18 on this map).

Parking available in the North East Car park (Multi Story Pay and Display) or Pritchatts Road Car Park (also Pay and Display), both also on map.

  •  Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting held on Friday 13th October 2017 will also be available on the day.
  • Copies of the AGM Agenda will also be available on the day of the AGM.
  • Please ensure that you have the agreement of any person you are nominating for the NOPT committee.
  • Voting will be by a show of hands at the AGM.

Many thanks to all who attended the #NOPT18 conference on 26th June. We have had wonderful feedback and we certainly enjoyed ourselves! Special thanks to all our presenters and speakers, the staff at Worcester University (with a very special shout out to Joanne F who made our lives SO much easier!) and the staff at The Conference People who did so much to get you all booked on. Copies of the presentations are coming in and will b uploaded to our NOPT Conference Resources page as they arrive.


NOPT Conference

Tuesday 26th June 2018

University of Worcester

  Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Aidan Worsley, UCLAN

  • Becki Meakin, ‘Shaping Our Lives’

There will also be the opportunity to attend two workshops in the course of the day


Workshops will include:

  • Solution Focused Skills for Practice Education

  • Update on PEPS /PCF Reviews

  • Using the SHARE model in practice education

  • Supporting struggling students to “fail” better

  • Changing practice education roles in the Teaching Partnerships

  • How social work students develop professional judgement skills in placement.

  • Service user involvement in placement assessment

 Further workshops to be confirmed

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

Registration:         9.30am to 10.00am  in Main Reception, Edward Elgar Building, St Johns Campus, Worcester University

Conference Opens: 10.00am     Finishes: 4.00pm


Day Delegate Fee:     £80.00 (including lunch and refreshments).

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

We look forward to seeing you on 26th June 2018

The NOPT Committee

Downloadable flyer below.