RAD services update

For RAD Members we are updating the Members’ Area regularly and have plans to create more online content and resources for you.

We have added information on how to approach online classes, music licences and other considerations as well as useful information about business and financial support available. For those who live in an area where in-person teaching is permitted to start again, we have also issued guidelines about how you can re-open safely.

Examinations

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting travel restrictions, international examiner travel has been suspended for the time being – we will keep this suspension under review.

With lockdown and containment measures still in place, and with timescales unknown in many areas, we are working with local offices to identify when examinations can resume. Due to reduced working hours and furlough, your local office will be in touch should there be an examinations service in your area before September.

If you have questions please contact exams@rad.org.uk or your local office. You can also view our Frequently Asked Questions page. We will continue to communicate with you regularly throughout this global pandemic.

CPD

All UK based face-to-face CPD activities are currently postponed with the view to offer these activities as soon as reasonably possible in the next CPD year. International CPD activity is subject to the current government guidance of that country, please email your National Office for further information.

Declarations 2019/2020: Many of you may have already completed your CPD requirement. However, we recognise that the current exceptional circumstances mean that some of you may face difficulties in fulfilling the required CPD hours. If this is the case, when it is time to declare your CPD please indicate that you are Eligible for Exemption. Declarations are now open in the Members’ Area.

If you have questions please contact cpd@rad.org.uk or your local office. We will continue to offer a number of online activities, including live webinars and courses.

Events & Centenary Programme

Centenary

Whilst it is important to mark the Academy’s centenary it is clear that our priority must be to support our members through this difficult and challenging time and to secure the future of your membership organisation. Therefore, the Trustees have taken the decision to cancel all remaining centenary events and initiatives with some exceptions and to draw a line under the centenary in 2020, with a view to reprising a more modest centenary programme in 2021. As the actual birthday is 31 December 2020, 2021 is just as fitting a year to mark the occasion.

The exception to this is On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100. The V&A remains committed to staging the display and we are hopeful that it will open in the last quarter of this year. We are also committed to the Dance Teacher Awards, as now more than ever we want to acknowledge your achievements. Finally, having delivered two guest-edited editions of Dance Gazette, we are pressing ahead with plans for the next issue; however, we have taken the decision to deliver them in a digital format only, with an option to produce a small print-run for souvenir purposes at the end of the year.

Step into Dance

Step into Dance classes in schools, Step Company rehearsals and Ambassador scheme sessions will be suspended as of Friday 20 March until further notice.

Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education is accepting applications for all our programmes that commence from September 2021 onwards, but we have moved our application, audition and interview process online. If you are looking to apply you must email your application and reference to faculty@rad.org.uk. Read more on how to apply.

We’ve been working hard on-site to prepare for the start of term in September so that we are ready to welcome our colleagues and new and returning students. We plan to offer a flexible model of delivery that combines onsite activities, complemented by online delivery and are introducing a host of new measures to ensure we all stay safe and COVID-19 secure. We will be following government and industry-specific safe practice recommendations and we will continue to monitor the situation and review the guidelines we offer students throughout the term. If you have any specific concerns, please email faculty@rad.org.uk.

Library & Archive

Library & Archive services have now resumed but access to the collections onsite is currently restricted to RAD Staff, Dance Studies and Faculty of Education students.

We hope to be able to offer appointments for other visitors later in the year but in the meantime, our remote enquiry service is operating as usual and copies of documents may be provided through photography/scanning where appropriate. Further information about services and our contact details.