Advice for schools on accessing high quality dance

Dance is included in the PE curriculum at KS1 – KS3 National Curriculum in England: Physical Education Programmes of Study. It is a popular and highly effective way of getting children active and offers a unique medium for creative expression. Professionals, other than school teachers, delivering dance with children are usually called dance practitioners.

Schools have been using their PE and Sport premium funding to support dance activity in different ways. See the Youth Dance England Delivering dance through the PE and Sports Premium funding document for examples

Here is advice on how to identify and select high quality dance artists/practitioners.

Here is a list of dance organisations that can help you find dance artists/practitioners in all areas of England.

Dance Studio Specifications

What you need to consider when looking when designing a dance space and their specifications.

In a number of educational establishments where dance studios have been built, the dance teacher has found her/himself without sufficient specific knowledge or support to explain to non-experts the optimum, or the minimum, requirements in order to achieve a satisfactory solution.

Whether you are building from the foundations or reconstructing an existing building, there are physical requirements, aesthetic requirements and those related to health and safety. And each situation has its own unique priorities.

This guide will give you some helpful tips on what you need to take into account:

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Dance Studio Survey

In 2009 the NDTA was asked to seek information from our members about dance studios in their schools to support discussions related to Building Schools for the Future (BSF).

A survey form was developed for this purpose and circulated to members with information about Building Schools for the Future and links to related documents. The full survey is available to download.

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Links Directory

Looking for more information? This helpful list of organisations, arts agencies, dance companies etc is a good reference tool.

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Safe Practice in Physical Education and School Sport

Our suggestions to a range of helpful and comprehensive guides to keeping you and your pupils protected from harm.

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Dance Training Accreditation Partnership

DTAP is the Dance Training Accreditation Partnership of leading national dance organisations working to increase professional recognition for those who work as dance teachers and leaders outside formal state education.

DTAP aims to make its work inclusive of, and applicable to, teachers, leaders and artists working in all styles of dance and in all settings focussed on dance-dedicated participatory practice (as opposed to activities that include aspects of dance but that are primarily exercise or fitness focused).

By establishing nationally recognised standards, DTAP aims to help those who provide employment know how to recognise and expect good practice, and to increase the range and amount of work available to dance leaders and teachers who demonstrate good practice.

Current DTAP initiatives include:

  • Creating The Dance Register - The UK Register of Dance Teachers, Leaders and Artists
  • Building capacity for and further developing the new Diploma in Dance Teaching & Learning (Children & Young People)
  • Further developing and disseminating the new National Occupational Standards in Dance Leadership, and using them as the foundation for a continuing professional development (CPD) framework for dance leadership
  • Rolling out a full communications plan to share knowledge, raise awareness and ensure that the work DTAP is undertaking is truly national and representative of the whole dance leadership workforce. The research team is currently working with the DTAP Consortium on finessing a suitable business model.

For more information visit DTAP’s website at

Improving participation of Muslim Girls in PE and Sport

The NDTA was one of the organisations consulted for Birmingham City Council’s guidance document on improving participation of Muslim Girls in PE and Sport.

In offering support to improve the inclusion of Muslim girls in physical education, the intention of the guidance is to be sensitive to the needs of the diverse Muslim population, and to the realities of resourcing and practice in schools.

Local resolutions are required because the needs, resources and feasible solutions are unique to each school. While Health and Safety legislation and the Education Act is fixed, in most instances negotiation can determine a more satisfactory outcome than a mandatory framework.

This downloadable document contains clarifications and recommendations that have grown out of city-wide research including multiple contributors from schools (headteachers, parents and pupils), community practitioners, providers and related national associations.

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What insurance do dance teachers need?

Arranging dance teacher insurance can be a minefield. Almost all dance teachers need liability insurance in order to hire a premises or to cover them in case something goes wrong during a session, but getting your head around the different types of cover available isn't easy. 

For the vast majority of dance teachers, there are two insurance covers in particular which should be considered – professional indemnity insurance and public liability insurance. Which one do you need? 

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