16 June 2024 10am – 5pm

Syllabus Strategies: Focus on Grades 6, 7 and 8 (Male and Female) CPD Course (Edinburgh, UK)

A one-day practical course in which participating teachers will gain an understanding of how to teach the Grade 6, 7 and 8 syllabi, focusing on the male and female work. Learning activities will focus on creating appropriate development exercises to encourage an accurate interpretation of the criteria used in the mark scheme of the examination.


The aim of this one-day practical course is to boost participants’ confidence in teaching of the RAD’s Grades 6, 7 and 8 syllabi through enhancing their knowledge and understanding of the criteria used in the mark scheme of the examinations.

It will:

  • Look in depth at the philosophy of Grades 6, 7 and 8,
  • Offer a chance to improve understanding of specific areas within the syllabi, particularly in regards to technical, musical and performance aspects of the work, as identified by examiners during examinations,
  • Reflect on the relevance and interpretation of the assessment criteria in selected exercises and dances,
  • Provide a platform to discuss, explore and develop strategies to strengthen areas of the work,
  • Support the creation of development exercises for students by defining the requisite skills and knowledge to do so, and
  • Participants at the course will be better able to understand the ‘how’ of teaching the syllabi, increase knowledge of the assessment criteria and gain insight into how the candidates are generally coping in the examinations.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the activity, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate, physically and/or through explanation, an understanding of the technique/s at each level,
  • discuss the relevance and interpretation of the assessment criteria in selected exercises and dances, and
  • help your learners develop the necessary strength and understanding to achieve the requirements of the assessment criteria in the examination.


The Manor School of Ballet, Edinburgh, EH12 5JD

Recommended Preparation

Participants should have knowledge of the exercises and dances of the RAD Grades 6, 7 and 8 syllabi.


Emily Anne Koschyk RAD Teaching Dip Dip LCDD ISTD DDE

Emily trained at London College of Dance and Drama in Bedford and graduated with Distinction in Teaching Studies.

In 1988, she moved to Germany and danced in national television and theatre productions. She taught in various schools around the country before opening her own school in 1998.

During this period, she also led a full-time 3-year teacher-training programme, from which many young aspiring teachers successfully graduated.

In 2020, Emily relocated back to the south of England and now teaches on a freelance basis. She conducts workshops and teaches at various summer schools in Europe.

Since its inception in 2004 Emily has been a tutor for a number of modules of the Royal Academy of Dance’s CBTS and tutors on the PDPTC Programme based in Berlin. She is an examiner and has been invited to be a CPD tutor for all levels from Pre-Primary to Advanced 2 and travels extensively in these roles.

CPD Hours

8 hours Time-Valued CPD


Members of the Royal Academy of Dance receive discounts on all CPD activities.

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Key Information

Time Fee
10am – 5pm Member Fee: £109 / €127 / $139
Non-Member Fee: £153 / €178 / $195