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      PGCE Dance

      Leeds SCITT offers a Dance PGCE course with a difference: we aim to get you into the classroom quickly to learn with a ‘hands-on’ approach and to become an experienced practitioner. The course offers a unique opportunity to develop your experience in dynamic and supportive school environments, whilst allowing you to establish your own style of teaching.

      All the extra-curricular activities were a huge strength in the LSE experience. It ensured we got to meet more students and teach a variety of things that weren't curriculum driven.

      — Ross, Dance trainee, 2022

      I am very grateful of the time taken to be able to feedback after each lesson I taught.

      — Jodie, Dance trainee, 2022

      Why join Leeds SCITT for your PGCE in Teaching Dance?

      Leeds SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) is an exciting and innovative teacher training provider that offers the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) for aspiring educators.

      Our Postgraduate Teacher Training Courses help to provide the highest quality of teaching and learning, ensuring that successful candidates have the teaching skills and knowledge necessary to become outstanding educators and secure a successful career in the teaching profession.

      PGCE students will be working with a dedicated team of subject specialists who will provide them with the training and support necessary to develop into excellent teachers. In your Lead School Experience, you will be introduced to a range of practical, research-informed strategies to help you to understand how best to teach your subject.

      Professional Development through School-Based Training

      On this PGCE secondary Dance course you will be working with practising secondary school teachers and leaders, who will help you to progress and develop your skills. As you progress throughout the course, you will gain experience and begin to implement the practical ideas that you learn in your Subject Lead Tutor sessions in your classes. You will also learn how to adapt these to fit your specific school context, as well as to the needs of your learners. You will gradually be taking more ownership and initiative on your placements with practical sessions and classroom-based learning. This hands-on approach will benefit you greatly when applying for future teaching posts.

      How will I become confident to teach Dance?

      As a trainee in Dance at our placement schools, you will develop your subject knowledge and understanding of different examination specifications. We will train and equip you to be at the forefront of Dance teaching, providing you with the opportunity to teach across the curriculum and deliver a wide range of different topics, from Dancing Through the Decades and Musical Theatre to Cheerleading! Successful candidates will also gain invaluable experiences in assisting in facilitating extra-curricular opportunities on a local and national scale, as well as collaborative and cross-curricular work.

      With a smaller cohort than many other Dance ITT courses, Leeds SCITT offers you a very personal training experience where you are nurtured and equipped with the best tools to become a successful teacher. You will be supported to plan and differentiate effectively so that you can make a significant difference to pupils’ learning, allowing them to hone their talents and to progress. You will have the opportunity to teach in a state-of-the-art dance facility with professional working equipment and a sprung floor.

      From the Dance ITT School Lead Tutor

      If you are passionate about developing the next generation of young dancers and willing to adapt and show commitment to working with a team of experienced teachers, we would love to hear from you. You will be welcomed into our lively department where we take pride in the supportive Leeds SCITT course structure and will guide you to help pupils thrive with creativity and create quality pieces of performance and choreography work which they can be proud of sharing. The Dance Lead Tutor is an ex-Leeds SCITT student himself, so will be able to relate well to your training year.

      What does the Lead School Experience offer for your teaching career?

      Cockburn School, our Lead School for Dance, was rated Outstanding by OFSTED in 2022. Our Dance department is passionate about utilising a vocational approach to deliver key Dance skills. The curriculum is regularly reviewed to ensure it is kept up to date with the latest arts-related professional developments and teaching methods. Our pupils also have opportunities to engage with professional practitioners from a range of disciplines to establish a wider perspective of the performing arts profession.

      Cockburn School’s provision in the arts has been awarded Artsmark Platinum status in recognition of the school’s commitment to, and excellence in, arts education. Artsmark is Arts Council England’s award recognising excellence in cultural education. It celebrates schools’ commitment to embracing arts across the curriculum and bringing creative learning to life for children and young people.

      Cockburn School and the Leeds SCITT programme are committed to ensuring the very best for the future of Dance Education, by training innovative teachers who are driven and excited to join the profession.

      Additional Secondary School Placements

      In addition to your Lead School placement, you can be placed with other partnership schools to give you at least two contrasting secondary education placements. Having access to a wider range of partner schools helps teaching staff to develop a variety of skills and teaching strategies.

      What other opportunities are available in our Placement Schools?

      – Trips to see professional dance in dance studios and theatres
      – External trips to take part in dance and cheerleading competition
      – FRESH Competition – our students take part in this national youth dance platform
      – Strong links to the Northern School of Contemporary Dance
      – Workshops with Professional Practitioners
      – Performance opportunities
      – Two school shows each year

      Tuition Fees

      The course fees for Leeds SCITT PGCE course (including QTS and 60 masters credits) for the academic year 2023-24 is £9,250. Bursaries and Scholarships are available for some students

      Entry Requirements

      For this Postgraduate Certificate in Education Course you need to hold an undergraduate degree awarded by a higher education provider in England and Wales and GCSE grade C or 4 and above (or equivalent) in Maths and English. For further information go to

      Case Study

      Name: Alice W

      Course/Subject: Leeds SCITT PGCE & QTS in Dance

      Award: Leeds SCITT Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement

      Favourite moment whilst studying with Leeds SCITT?

      My favourite moment whilst studying with Leeds SCITT, was delivering one of my first outstanding lessons that ensured pupils of all backgrounds and dispositions were accounted for. Through my planning and differentiation, I felt that I was able to make a significant difference to pupils’ learning for them to progress further.

      Why would you recommend Leeds SCITT?

      I think the most important thing in teaching is reflecting and learning from mistakes. Leeds SCITT allows you to get inside the classroom straight away, allowing you to not only build in confidence but as a facilitator too. The support that you receive is superb and will allow you to grow into the teacher that you want to become.

      Advice to new Trainees?

      Don’t be afraid to ask questions, no matter how silly you may feel. A problem shared is always a problem halved!

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