Committed to quality practice learning

About NOPT

NOPT is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organisation for Practice Educators and other Practice Education professionals across the UK.


    • The aims are framed within the context of anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory social work practice.


    •  To promote anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice throughout all aspects of its  operation.
    •  To promote good standards and adequate resources for practice teaching in social work and  social services education and training.
    •  To identify and develop the components of practice teaching.
    •  To increase knowledge, skills and awareness of values relating to practice teaching.
    •  To collect, collate and disseminate information about practice teaching.
    •  To provide an information and advice service, particularly to statutory agencies and the  independent sector in relation to the provision and  co-ordination of good quality learning  opportunities.
    •  To collaborate with such other bodies as are working for the advancement of practice  teaching as above.
    •  To raise funds and to invite and receive contributions from any person or persons  whatsoever by way of subscriptions, donations and otherwise provided that the  organisation does not undertake  any permanent trading activities in raising funds.
    •  To do all such other lawful things as are necessary for the attainment of the objectives.

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The 2017 NOPT Conference will be 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: 

We look forward to seeing you on the 4th July