Teacher Training

As an ISTD Approved Dance Centre (ADC) The Weston School is authorised to offer training for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing teaching qualifications. The first level of teaching qualifications is the Diploma in Dance Education (DDE). The DDE is regulated by the Regulatory Bodies in England and Wales and is on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) at Level 4. It is awarded 120 QCF credits which means that, as well as standing alone as a respected dance teaching qualification that provides the opportunity to teach across a wide variety of dance genres, it can contribute to other higher level qualifications.

The DDE is an achievable and streamlined teaching qualification that provides learners with a clear and cohesive pathway to becoming an ISTD qualified teacher. The qualification allows learners the opportunity to engage with up to date research in best practice related to dance teaching and learning, providing an excellent introduction to a career in teaching dance. The contextual nature of assessment will also ensure that learners are able to focus on developing practical skills and knowledge that meet the requirements to enter the teaching profession and develop a sustainable career.

The qualification comprises five units:

Unit 1 Preparing for Safe Teaching 15 credits at Level 3
Unit 2 Observing, Assisting and Teaching Practice 30 credits at Level 4
Unit 3 Vocational Graded Examination in Dance: Intermediate 28 credits at Level 3
Unit 4 Dance Practice 30 credits at Level 4
Unit 5 Child Development 17 credits at Level 4


Units 1, 2 and 5 are generic and need to be studied only once, regardless of the number of genres in which the qualification is sought. Units 3 and 4 are genre specific and must be taken in each genre.

Units 2, 3 and 4 are offered in-house. Times of classes will be discussed with the student in an effort to fit in with already busy schedules. Much of the delivery of the remaining units is on-line with support from our distance learning tutor.

Transfer of previous DDI/DDE Learners
Previous DDI and DDE learners (who did not complete DDE before the end of August 2018) may be eligible to be transferred onto the new DDE, dependant upon the moderation of their portfolio to date, thus exempting them from units already completed. Other previous learning and/or qualifications may also be able to taken into consideration. Therefore, when applying for registration with this Centre, please provide a full CV of training and experience.

For information regarding study for the Licentiate and Fellowship qualifications please contact Miss Swan at the School office.