Is the Council for Dance Education and Training a Government-run organisation?
No, the Council for Dance Education and Training is an independent charitable organisation and works closely with, but independent of Government.
Why has the Council introduced the Awards?
To ensure students, parents and all concerned with pre-vocational dance and musical theatre education are able to make a clear and informed distinction between schools and teachers which follow the Councilís Requirements of sound professional practice and those which do not.
What happens if a school or teacher fails in its adherence to any of the Requirements?
A student or parent may approach the school or teacher via its customer service policy with concerns based on the written commitment the school or teacher has given.
Complaints regarding Recognised Schools and teachers must be addressed to the school or teacher in question and the Council will not be responsible for dealing with complaints. Where a complaint is not resolved to the satisfaction of the complainant he or she may wish to notify the Council which shall be entitled to take the complaint into account at the next application for renewal of the Recognised Award.
Does the award only apply to dance schools and teachers who deliver disciplines such as ballet, tap or modern dance?
No, the Recognised Awards can be held by any dance school or teacher offering any dance-related discipline.
If I am a member of one of the Councilís member dance teaching societies, why do I need to be Recognised?
All dance teaching societies have different membership requirements. The Recognised Awards are a national standard available across the sector and open to members of all dance awarding bodies and teaching societies. A school or teacher holding a Recognised Award will be seen to confirm the quality of its resources irrespective of the teaching society to which it belongs.
I am a teacher within a Recognised School. Why is it in my interests to apply for a Recognised award?
If you teach within a Recognised School, it is the organisation which holds the recognition award and not you as an individual. If you wish to promote the standards you uphold and be listed on our online database of dance teachers, you may wish to consider becoming a Recognised Qualified Teacher or Registered Instructor, both of which awards you can take with you should you leave your current place of employment.
What does my Recognised Award application fee pay for?
The Council for Dance Education and Training is a charitable organisation. The annual application and renewal fees for the Recognised Awards is reinvested directly back into the administration and development of the Recognised Awards.
I am undertaking a teaching qualification which I will complete next year. For which Award should I apply?
At the moment, you would be eligible to apply for the Registered Instructor (RI) Award. However, once you have received your teaching qualification, you would then be eligible to become a Recognised Qualified Teacher (QTS) if you have achieved a QTS qualification, or a CDET Approved Teacher if you have achieved a recognised teaching qualification which is not QTS. At this point, you would simply need to send a photocopy of your teaching qualification certificate to us and CDET will transfer your Award. We would then send you an updated membership pack to reflect your new status. You would not need to resubmit an application or pay any additional membership costs.
I am a Recognised School. Do the teaching staff automatically become CDET Approved Teachers, Recognised Qualified Teachers (QTS) or Registered Instructors?
No, the Recognised School Award is awarded to the organisation for their declaration to uphold safe and professional standards. Individual teaching staff must apply for their own award if they seek to gain individual recognition.
Who is eligible to apply for the award?
Any qualifying dance or musical theatre school or dance, drama, singing or musical theatre teacher catering for pre-vocational or non-vocational dance or musical theatre students.
I am a freelance teacher working in several different venues. Can I apply for a Recognised Award?
Yes, absolutely. The CDET Approved Teacher, Recognised Qualified Teacher (QTS) or Registered Instructor Award would be ideal for you.
I am not sure which Award to apply for. I am keen for the whole school to be recognised, but I also teach several classes independently outside of the dance school
Many applicants in this situation decide to gain both the Recognised School and the CDET Approved Teacher Award. This way the whole school gains recognition, but equally when you deliver classes outside of the school environment, you can do so with the individual recognition of the CDET Approved Teacher or Recognised Qualified Teacher (QTS) Award.
I have my own Health and Safety Policy and Equal Opportunities Policy. Do I need to use CDETís guidelines to make new Policies or can I continue to follow my own?
This Requirement is in place to ensure you have and adhere to written professional practices. CDET can provide guidelines as to what should be included in these policies, however it is the responsibility of the Principal or individual to produce and take ownership of these policies and therefore you may continue to use your own policies.
My child is attending classes a dance school or with a teacher that isnít Recognised, should I be worried?
If a dance school or teacher does not hold a Recognised award, it does not necessarily cause for concern. You may wish to investigate the professional status of the dance school or teacher by asking what qualifications the dance teachers hold, whether they have adequate insurance, whether all their staff hold enhanced CRB/ DBS disclosures and whether they adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct. You should be able to gauge the professionalism of the school by asking for this information.
There are no Recognised Schools or Teachers in my area, what do I do?
If there are no Recognised Schools or Teachers in your area, we suggest you ask your local dance school to apply for a Recognised award.
How do I know if my child is attending a Recognised School or being taught by a Recognised Teacher?
All Recognised Awarded schools, teachers and instructors are listed on the Councilís online directory. Find a Recognised School or teacher.
If my child attends a Recognised School or is being taught by a Recognised Teacher, are you guaranteeing their safety?
No-one, including CDET can guarantee your childís safety. By choosing a CDET Recognised School or Teacher you are making an informed choice to minimize the risk of your child being taught in an unprofessional or unsafe environment.