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Leading Outstanding Dance in Your School

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This NEW leadership course is designed for all current Heads of Dance, Heads of PE, Heads of Performing Arts and those teachers aspiring to become Head of Dance who are looking for a  stimulating, up to the minute leadership course – which addresses specifically the current key priorities for Heads of Dance – to refresh their outlook on the exciting, wide ranging and important role of leading dance in school. It will examine ways to create the right culture and environment to establish and maintain a position for dance within a school, provide strategies for successful recruitment of students for curriculum dance and for optimizing teaching and learning, offer active, effective guidance and advice and for managing experienced and inexperienced dance teachers. The course will conclude with an overview of what the working year of a Head of Dance involves, and of the opportunities and challenges the job presents at various stages in its life cycle.


  • Gain strategies for establishing and maintaining a position for dance in your school
  • Consider what makes a department excellent, and the role of the Head of Dance in achieving excellence
  • Look at a range of strategies for improving and maintaining recruitment of students
  • Look at ways in which a Head of Dance can develop and improve teaching and learning within the Dance department
  •  Enhance their ability to lead, support and nurture teachers in the department
  • Reflect on strategies for dealing with the challenges and making the most of the opportunities presented by a Head of Dance position


What is a successful Dance Department?

10.00 – 10.30am
  • Creating the right culture and environment to maximise the position of Dance within a school
  • The importance of student recruitment
  • The quality of teaching and learning
  • Expectations and outcomes: senior leadership, the intellectual environment, public exams and progression to higher education
  • How to evaluate your dance effectively and use this as a tool for improvement

Student Recruitment For GCSE Dance

10.30 – 11.30am
  • Ensuring your Key Stage 3 Dance curriculum is attractive and builds the skills and understanding to promote engaged interest and take-up at GCSE
  • Stretch and challenge without intimidation
  • Promoting and advertising Dance
  • Beyond the classroom and the curriculum: educational visits and trips


Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 11.45am

Teaching and Learning

11.45 – 12.45pm
  • Ensuring your assessment and data processes are effective in monitoring and tracking student progress in dance at KS3, 4 and 5
  • Ensuring high quality learning and teaching across the curriculum, including stretch and challenge for all students
  • Developing curricula and schemes of work for KS3, 4 and 5 – how expert is the planning and programming?
  • Selecting appropriate pathways for your dancers; recognising exceptional ability and balancing the needs of all students


Lunch and informal discussion

12.45 – 1.45pm

Managing others and being managed by others

1.45 – 2.30pm
  • Strategies for managing experienced, less experienced and NQT teachers in dance
  • How to make observation and appraisal processes as effective as possible
  • How to involve others in dance decision-making, planning and delivery
  • Senior Leaders– working with your senior leaders to promote the best of dance and what it can give to the overall curricula and to the whole school
  • Dealing with senior leadership: compliance, challenge and picking one’s battles


Discussion: Afternoon tea

2.30 – 2.45pm

How it works: the Head of Dance

2.45 – 3.40pm
  • Managing one’s time and workload: variables and the work-life balance
  • Planning ahead and finding time to do so
  • Preparing for Inspections
  • The life cycle of the HoD
  • Department evaluation – driving up improvements to enhance performance
  • Maintaining freshness and enthusiasm: professional and intellectual development
  • Peaks, troughs and the long run: responding to success and failure





London | Monday 29 January 2024

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Monday 29 January 2024

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 is an experienced Head of Dance, and a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) who has improved the quality of dance provision in a number of schools. She also has a wealth of experience in working with a range of professionals to ensure her students feel inspired for dance theory and prepared for their future dance training. She has been teaching GCSE and A-Level Dance for over twenty years. GCSE Results for 2022 for her students were 39% grades 8 – 9, 50% grades 7 – 9 and 100% grades 5 – 9. Progress 8 score 1.45. At A Level her students attained 35% A*, 64% A*/A grades and 100 A* – C grades. She continually receives outstanding grade 1s on lesson observations.


  • Heads of Dance
  • Aspiring Heads of Dance Departments
  • Heads of Performing Arts Faculties
  • Heads of PE
  • Senior Leaders responsible for Dance


  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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