Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS)

PEPs- Registration of Practice Educators 

Local authorities are required to maintain registers of Practice Educators with details relating to whether Practice Educators are up to date and currently able to provide practice teaching/assessment for student social workers.  We continue to audit Practice Educators and supervisors across the county.  

To maintain currency, all Practice Educators need to ensure that they hold the Practice Educator role in supporting at least 1 student or a NQSW every 2 years, and submit a prescribed portfolio of evidence to a PEPS (Practice Educator Professional Standards for Social Work) panel from the point of qualification.  

The Portfolio contents are: 

  • SWE registration (copy of certificate)  
  • Practice Educator qualification and date (copy of certificate)  
  • Number of students in previous 2 years  
  • Evidence of CPD (incl. certificates) and brief information about how this has been applied to learning (learning log)  
  • Direct Observation report by Peer Practice Educator, including reflective account from PE  
  • Copy of the student final report – copy of a maximum of 3 student reports (anonymised)  
  • Feedback from student – copy of a maximum of 3 student feedbacks e.g. evaluations from University, emails, thank you cards etc.  
  • Additional supporting evidence of Practice Educators work e.g. panel feedback from Uni’s, contribution to workshops for PE’s  
  • DBS (copy of document)  
  • Evidence of Safeguarding training update (certificates) 

Practice Educator Stage 1/ Stage 2: Development and Support Sessions 

In each of the LAs in the Teaching Partnership Groups are held regularly as a CPD offer to support Practice Educators and Workplace Supervisors and to meet SWE registration standards. 

The sessions are informal and will give you the opportunity to discuss any queries you may have about the registration process and provide an opportunity to share resources, good practice, ideas and challenges, discuss current issues and support each other.  

PELP Events 

Practice Educator Learning Partnership (PELP) has developed over the years and is now a formalised group which engages and facilitates Practice Education in the Teaching Partnership.  

PELP events were previously held three times a year as a free CPD and network opportunity. Since July 2020 events are now held Online in a Webinar style with the addition of an annual conference. 

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