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National Organisation for Practice Teaching

WELCOME. THIS IS THE WEBSITE FOR THE NATIONAL ORGANISATION FOR PRACTICE TEACHING (ENGLAND).

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….

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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.
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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.

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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:

https://regonline.com/noptevent2018

We look forward to seeing you on 26th June 2018

The NOPT Committee

Downloadable flyer below.

2018 NOPT Conference Flyer

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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 ​ https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BC9VFV8

 

The 2017 NOPT Conference was 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:

https://www.regonline.com/noptconference2017 

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:   http://www.regonline.com/noptconference2016

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