Developing Together Social Work  Teaching Partnership

Practice Education Resources

Practice Educators from our Partnership talking about their role

Professional Standards 


Practice Educator Professional Standards for Social Work

PEPS Refresh (2022)

The latest edition of the PEPS has been published by BASW and can be found here:


Useful external links/resources


National Organisation for Practice Teaching


NOPT is a voluntary organisation with membership from individuals interested in practice learning and social work education. NOPT organises an annual conference to bring practice educators together to consider the latest social work practice and policy issues and to share good practice. Membership is free.


National Association of Educators in Practice


NAEP aims to have a health and social care workforce in which individual practitioners fully understand the value of education for learners, patients, carers and other healthcare practitioners.  Membership is free.


Social Care Institute for Excellence 


Practice Teaching Resources & Services


Community Care


Practice Education

‘Top tips for practice educators on assessment, supervision and anti-oppressive practice’

‘Top tips for Practice Educators working with a struggling student’


Research in Practice





Skills for Care


Learning and Development


Other reading


Social Work England

Making Research Count

What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care

British Journal of Social Work


Suggested reading list

The Partnership Practice Education team recommends the following reading and resources for trainee and qualified Practice Educators and other roles involved in the support of students on placement:

  • Supporting Struggling Students on Placement – A practical guide (2017) – by Jo Finch
  • Bridget Caffrey and Siobhan Maclean: Developing a Practice Learning Curriculum: A Guide for Practice Educator
  • Siobhan Maclean, Jo Finch, Prospera Tedam (2018): Share: A New Model for Social Work
  • Prospera Tedam (2020) Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice (Transforming Social Work Practice Series)
  • Innovations in Practice Learning – Critical Skills for Social Work (2018) – edited by Sue Taplin
  • Social Work Theory – A straightforward guide for Practice Educators and Placement Supervisors (2015 – 2nd Ed) – by Siobhan Maclean and Rob Harrison
  • Reflective Practice Cards – Prompt cards for Social Workers (2016) – by Siobhan Maclean
  • Social Work Theory Cards (2017 – 2nd Ed) – by Siobhan Maclean


We take a partnership approach towards Practice Education training and supporting organisations and teams to develop the skills and knowledge to effectively supervise and teach students.

There are a number of roles involved in supporting student placements and developing Practice Educators.

Read our guide to learn more about the different roles and the training and support available to placement providers:

Kingston University offers a Stage 1 (PE1) and Stage 2 (PE2) Practice Educator course at Level 7.  This is delivered at various points throughout the year.  It will equip you with the knowledge, skills and values necessary to best support undergraduate and postgraduate social work students.

For more information on the course and the application process, please see:

A poem and link to resources around seeking meaningful feedback, especially from service users and carers, which were presented at our 2019 PE Conference

A poem by Julienne Nicholls 

Useful Links for Seeking Meaningful Service User and Carer Feedback

You can also download our latest resource: “A Guide to being a Practice Educator in a ‘Blended’ Placement” and find out more here.