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….


NOPT Constitution

The NOPT Constitution was amended at the 2020 AGM. A copy is available below to download.

Feedback and Complaints

An updated Policy on Learning from Feedback and Complaints was introduced at the 2020 AGM. A copy is available below to download.