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How and why do Practice Educators play a vital role in the Quality Assurance of Practice Learning?

Delivered by: Amanda Fitchett

This workshop aims to look at the QAPL process through the lens of the following groups: Universities Employers Practice Educators/on-site supervisors Students Service users The workshop's objective is to encourage full engagement in the QAPL process.


Amanda is an Assistant Professor in Social Work at Coventry University. She is a registered social worker with Social Work England who qualified in 1994 where her practice was focused on working with disabled children and child protection. Amanda moved into academia in 1997 at the University of Leicester where she was initially the Practice Co-ordinator and later, the Course Director. After the closure of the School of Social Work at Leicester she took up the position of the Course Director for the PG Cert Practice Education at Coventry University.


Amanda’s key interest is Practice Education and the promotion of social work education both locally and nationally. She is Chair of the West Midlands Regional Social Work Network, Vice- chair of the Joint Universities Council Social Work Education Committee (JUCSWEC), Co-Chair of the JUCSWEC Teaching and Learning Committee, Chair of the West Midlands ASYE Regional Moderation Panel and an active member of the West Midlands Teaching Partnership.


Amanda has been a Practice Educator since 1996 and has been involved in evaluating placements from the perspectives of a PE, a practice learning assessment panel member, and a chair of practice assessment panels. She has completed rather too many QAPL forms or similar over her 25 years as an academic and a Practice Educator but strongly believes in the necessity of ensuring excellent quality Practice Education and placements as a route to best quality in SW practice.


Watch the free webinar delivered at our Practice Education conference in 2022 below.



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