20 March 2023 9am – 4pm

Syllabus Strategies: Focus on Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate (Edinburgh, UK)

A one-day practical course in which participating teachers will gain an understanding of how to teach the Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate syllabi. 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 Syllabus Strategies course is designed to:

  • Look in depth at the philosophy of the work,
  • Offer a chance to improve understanding of specific areas within the syllabus, 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 variations,
  • Provide a platform to discuss, explore and develop strategies to strengthen areas of the work,
  • Support the creation of development exercises for Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate students by defining the requisite skills and knowledge to do so, and
  • Participants will be better able to understand the ‘how’ of teaching the syllabus, increase knowledge of the assessment criteria and gain insight into how the candidates are generally coping in the examinations.

Learning Outcomes

You will be able to:

  • demonstrate, physically and/or through explanation, an understanding of the technique/s at each level, and
  • discuss the relevance and interpretation of the assessment criteria in selected exercises and variations.

You will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • approaches to help your learners develop the necessary strength and understanding to achieve the requirements of the assessment criteria in the examination.


Morningside Dance Academy, Edinburgh EH9 1UQ

Recommended Preparation

Participants should have knowledge of the exercises and variations of the RAD Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate syllabi.


Lorna Scott BA Hons PDTD (distinction) RTS

Lorna performed as a soloist with Scottish Ballet for 14 years before re-training with the RAD to gain her Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma and BA (Hons) Dance Education qualifications. She worked at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts before moving back to Scotland where she now works as Senior Teacher at Danscentre in Aberdeen.

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
9am – 4pm Member Fee: £107/€124/$129
Non-Member Fee: £150/€174/$181