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Creating the wow factor for KS3 dance

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This new part-practical course will explore how you can create a buzz for Dance throughout KS3 for all boys and girls in your school. You will leave with a wide range of ideas, methods and approaches on how to work with your students on all ways to maximise their potential. The course is designed to give fresh ideas to Dance teachers and also to PE teachers teaching KS3 Dance working in schools where Dance is already embedded. Finally, the course will also share ways in which the knowledge, understanding and skills required for GCSE Dance can be effectively builtinto KS3 planning and structuring to gain healthy numbers for recruitment into GCSE Dance


  • Routines and Rituals-take away important tips on establishing high level learning from the moment students enter the studio.
  • Find out ways to put the Wow Factor into your dance lessons and dance clubs
  • Explore contemporary, street and musical theatre and leave ready to teach with confidence in these styles.
  • Take away a range of different and fresh approaches to teaching performance, choreography and appreciation to students using a variety of themes and professional works and musical theatre
  • Engaging and raising attainment of middle to lower achieving student


KS3 Dance Teaching – the Challenges and Opportunities

10.00 – 10.40am
  •  Understanding the key challenges and considering how and what you can be doing to ensure these don’t stand in the way of effective dance teaching
  • Considering issues space, constraints of timetable issues and how to effectively work around these
  • Student motivation, attendance
  • Creating a culture: boys dance too

Discussion and coffee break

10.40– 11.00am

Putting the Wow Factor into your Dance Lessons to create advance 11.00 – 12.30pm culture, relationships and rapport

11.00 – 12.30pm
  • Key essentials: the importance of creating the right relationships, rapport and atmosphere for students to succeed
  • What is the ‘Wow’ factor? And how best, with effective practical approaches to put this into your Dance lessons
  • Approaches to including diversity in your dance KS3/KS4 lessons
  • How we can help students get the dopamine download required to engage fully and take creative risks in their work

Lunch and informal discussion

12.30 – 1.30pm

Studio – Practical Session: How to teach brilliant dance

1.30 – 3.00pm
  • Practical ideas and takeaways – warm-ups and short phrases
  • Building Choreographic skills – introducing students to choreography, building u p and developing skills and the confidence to work on their own and in groups.
  • Picking the stimulus – tips on which professional works you should choose for the needs of your students.
  • Ways to motivate and engage boys
  • Music as a motivator – how to select music to create an appropriate environment in the studio
  • l Differentiation- how to meet the needs of all of your learners
  • How to meet the needs of all of your students to stretch and challenge as well as adapt for specific students

Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.05pm

Getting Assessment at KS3 right

3.05 – 3.45pm
  • Ensuring rigorous assessment at KS3 to make for rapid progress and excellent student learning
  • Building in excellent feedback into your assessment processes – what counts as excellent feedback in KS3 Dance
  • Best practice methods to tracking, monitoring and measuring progress at KS3
  • What are the barriers to KS3 dance learning and methods to overcome them



London | Monday 15 January 2024

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This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


Claire Noonan has been a Head of Dance in a mixed state comprehensive school and has been dedicated to dance in education for over twenty years. In addition, Claire is a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) and has taken on consultancy roles at both primary and secondary level, within a variety of demographics. Claire has improved the quality of dance provision within a number of schools, she has a wealth of experience in working with a range of professionals, a diverse set of students and how to work effectively within time and budgetary restraints.


  • All GCSE Dance Teachers
  • Heads of Dance
  • Head of Performing Arts
  • Heads of PE
  • Teachers with responsibility for extra curricular activities

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