cdet_recognised_schools“I feel it is important for parents to understand that their children are attending a fully qualified dance establishment, all teachers including myself have to pass the criteria that the C.D.E.T, expect.

All teacher’s are fully CRB checked, and qualified.

We deliver an excellent teaching programme in all dance/drama genre’s, to all ages, and we make sure that each person that attends the Academy is placed in an appropriate class to suit their needs and requirements.

It is important for parent’s to be made aware and understand that, wherever they send their child for dance and drama tuition that they need to ask to see their tutor’s qualifications and insurance.

I have been teaching for over 30 year’s and dance training is my life, I am extremely passionate about passing on the correct dance and drama educational skills for your child to learn and absorb, these are skills for life.”

Sonia Webb, 
Principal, Academy of Dance and Drama.


What is C.D.E.T Recognised School

A Recognised School (RS) is a pre-vocational or non-vocational dance or musical theatre school that has been awarded the Council for Dance Education and Training certificate of good professional practice.

A Recognised School is one which is committed to putting the safety of its pupils first and has demonstrated that it meets the following requirements of professional practice.


Nine Requirements of a CDET School
* Professional policies and procedures – have appropriate policies and adhere to strict procedures in respect of the following: health and safety (including safe dance practice), equal opportunities and customer service (including, without limitation, in respect of dealing with any complaints which the school receives)

* A Children and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy and Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure – where the school is responsible for teaching children or vulnerable adults, to hold and adhere to a Children and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy. As part of this policy, to ensure valid, enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure is in place for all members of staff including teachers, administrators and ancillary staff

* Insurance – hold appropriate and adequate insurance

* Code of Professional Conduct and Practice – adhere to the Code of Professional Conduct and Practice of the Council for Dance Education and Training or an equivalent code recognised by the Council

* Information disclosure – prominently display at all times, enable students to access or provide on request to all students a copy of the Nine Requirements for Recognised Schools, full routine and emergency contact details, timetables and details of venues and examinations, public performances, competitions and / or displays

* Teaching qualifications and experience – ensure the majority of teaching is delivered by teachers who hold a Council, Ofqual, TDA or other government recognised teaching qualification or level three or above on the Database of Accredited Qualifications (NDAQ); or are actively studying towards such a teaching qualification, where such a qualification exists. In this situation, teachers not holding or working towards such a teaching qualification will be in the minority but must still demonstrate professional teaching or training experience to the satisfaction of the Council

* Teaching Contracts – employ or engage all teachers working at the school on appropriate contracts

* Staff appraisal procedure and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)- operate an annual staff appraisal procedure and deliver a Continuing Professional Development policy for teaching staff within the organisation

* Accounts and Finance – keep formal accounts which should be independently inspected or audited where required by law