Areas of work

Programme development

I am currently developing a new postgraduate programme that explores social pedagogy and prepares participants for membership of the Social Pedagogy Professional Association. It builds on people’s existing knowledge and experience as teachers, social workers or youth and community workers.

Another element of my current work is working as part of a team building a new level 3 Children, young people and families programme that also leads into to an recognized Access to Higher Education qualification.

Learning materials

Over the last few months, I have undertaken a major rework of two second year 20 credit modules for the YMCA George Williams College/Coventry University Children, young people and families BA Hons programme. I am now working on a completely new module – working with systems and networks.

These materials are available in different formats – print, screen, phone and an A4 Open Dyslexic version. We can also make them available as kindle files.

Virtual learning environments

I have done a lot of work on Moodle environments. Much of my experience has been with the development of ymoodle for the YMCA George Williams College.

ymoodle provides the platform for programmes running from levels 2-7. Students can access learning resources, submit work, get feedback and join forums. Managers and supervisors can also access support via the system.

One of the key aspects of ymoodle is a concern to make using it more of a web experience than is usual with virtual learning environments.

I founded and  continue to edit – a website that specializing in the theory and practice of informal education, social pedagogy, lifelong learning, social action, and community learning and development. It is used by millions of people across the world.


I am currently working on a new book that explores working with young people in difficult times.

Talks and activities

I speak about informal education, social pedagogy and work with children, young people, families and communities. One of the novel ways I have of doing this is leading walks in central London that explore informal education and social action.

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