Local authorities name London Met ‘preferred provider’ for Social Work

Partnership of five London councils selects London Met to train Practice Educators.
Date: 30 May 2017

London Metropolitan University’s status as a leading place to study social work has been given another boost by being named the ‘preferred provider’ by five local authorities.

The North East London (NEL) commissioning panel, which represents the Social Work Development Partnership, stated that London Met’s social work courses ‘best meet our needs for 2017’.

The partnership will now commission London Met to provide their ‘Practice Educators’ training programmes.

It’s a major coup for London Met’s social work department, which shows how the curriculum is at the forefront of industry thinking. The preferred status was previously held by Royal Holloway University, and London Met beat several other institutions to win the accolade.

Dr Allister Butler, Head of Social Work at London Met, said: “I am delighted that London Met has been announced as the provider of choice. This reflects the hard work and the excellence of teaching that our lecturers provide for our students.

“This also demonstrates London Met’s commitment to developing and supporting the next cohort of Practice Educators. They play a critical part of our practice-led social work provision and we are delighted at being given the opportunity to support the NEL partnership in training PEPs qualified professionals.”

The NEL panel stated: “The Partnership agreed that the programme offered by London Met would best meet our needs for 2017, and will therefore be commissioning London Met to deliver our Practice Educators programmes (PEPs).

“We were particularly impressed by London Met’s innovative approach and also their willingness to meet our needs as employers.”

The Social Work department will be responsible for training Practice Educators across the NEL Partnership, including Redbridge, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Havering, and Barking and Dagenham councils.

Suzanne Burley, Head of the School of Social Professions, said: “This really fits with the School of Social Profession’s vision of becoming the provider of choice for courses which have professional accreditation attached to them.”

Find out more about studying Social Work at London Metropolitan University.