Practical Teaching Placements
Several of our programmes have one or more practical teaching placements. For some programmes, we arrange the placement for you, and for others, you are asked to find a placement, usually with a mentor, in an appropriate dance school yourself.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Dance Teaching with Qualified Teacher Status (PGCE:DT with QTS) contains two different School Experience and Teaching placements. The placements take place at our Partnership Schools and Colleges in and around London and are arranged by the Faculty of Education in collaboration with our Partnership Schools and Colleges. The placements will primarily be set up to meet the UK government requirements for you to teach at different Key Stages and at different types of schools.
You will need to be prepared to move or commute to where the placement school is. Ahead of the PGCE:DT with QTS programme start, we will ask you for information on any areas that are easily accessible to you, perhaps because you could live with family or friends for the duration of a placement or because you drive a car, which allows you to get to and from a placement school. We will take your information into consideration when we match trainee teacher to placement school but please be aware that the suitability of the school for your studies will always take priority over your preference for one or other location. You also need to be prepared that the placement school may change right up to the start of the placement. We do everything we can to plan well in advance, however, sometimes events at schools and colleges prevent them from taking on a trainee teacher despite an earlier agreement.
The BA (Hons) Ballet Education (BABE) has several practical teaching modules at Level 5 and 6 where students travel to placement schools to teach under the supervision of a mentor. We arrange the placements on behalf of our students but will try to match your availability in the evening and weekends with the timetables of our placement schools. You will need to be prepared to travel to and from the school and are expected to make use of your student Oyster card for journeys within Zones 1 to 6 of London public transport. For travel outside Zone 6, the Faculty of Education has a small fund and you can apply to the fund for financial assistance with your placement travel cost. For further information, please contact registry.
The Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies* (CBTS) has practical teaching placements where you suggest a suitable mentor and placement school to us. The mentor has to have a ballet teaching qualification. The school should give you access to the required number of teaching hours and offer ballet classes at different levels with at least four pupils in each class. If you are not already teaching or assisting in a dance school when you apply, you should have a potential placement school in place by the time the programme starts. Please ensure that you submit your mentor recommendation form to the Programme Officer on time. If you do not meet the deadline, you may not be able to undertake the placement and your studies may be put on hold.
Placements on the Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies* (DDTS) can be undertaken at your own school.
*The placements for CBTS and DDTS should not be paid. If you are already working for the school that you propose for your placement as a paid employee, you will need to ensure that the hours you teach for your placement module are not part of your employment contract and therefore are not paid.