Practice Education in Social Work

Practice educators play an important role in the education of new social workers, offering guidance and assessing students’ first-hand experiences of becoming a social worker.

Our training courses

We run two related training courses for registered social workers with at least two years’ postqualifying experience who wish to gain the necessary qualification to work as practice educators:

While you are training, a fully qualified (PE2) practice educator needs to be involved to support you, to ensure the quality of the placement and to contribute to the assessment of the student. With these arrangements in place, you can take responsibility during your training for a student social worker in a placement. If you are taking Stage 1 and work with a final placement student, the qualified practice educator will have greater involvement in the student’s assessment.

Application and contacts

We welcome applications from the entire Yorkshire and Humberside region and beyond. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Julie Harriss: spsw-practice-education@york.ac.uk.