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How to Become a Tutor

Our Tutor training scheme is designed as an essential resource for teachers who wish to develop their teaching skills and understanding the required practicalities of tutoring.

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Whether you are a new to tutoring or you wish to refresh your knowledge, there is a course option to suit you. We offer tutor training days and online courses for which allows you the freedom to complete the training at a time that suits your existing commitments and busy schedule. Tutor Training is essential for tutors within Approved Dance Centres and Distance Learning Tutors who wish to become approved in order to tutor the specific units of the Diploma in Dance Education (DDE).

Overview

The Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) can only be delivered by the Approved Dance Centres (ADC). Only registered and trained Approved Tutors may teach the DDE Course; Approved Tutors are required complete the mandatory online tutor training course before they may start to teach and enter DDE learners.

Approved Dance Centres must ensure all their Approved Tutors undergo regular continuous professional development (CPD). Furthermore, the Society strongly recommends that all Approved Tutors hold clear enhanced DBS disclosures, or the equivalent for countries outside the UK (although this is not a legal requirement). It is recommended that these are re-checked every three years.

Requirements

To be eligible to apply to become an Approved Tutor, you must be linked to an ADC and hold either:

  • Be qualified to Licentiate level or above, or equivalent, in the relevant genre or
  • Be qualified to Level 6, Diploma in Dance Pedagogy – for delivery of contextual units only.

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  • Demonstrate adequate evidence of professional competence in teaching teachers or be prepared to work under the supervision of an experienced Approved Tutor for a specified timescale.

To Apply

Approved Tutor Applications must be submitted by the Approved Dance Centre. The application should include the following:

  • Approved Tutor Application Form
  • Tutor’s Curriculum Vitae
  • Copies of relevant Certificates
  • Changes of Approval Information Form, signed and dated by the ADC Principal

All applications must be sent to pqmanager@istd.org

There is no application fee. Approval confirmation may take between 7 to 10 working days.  

What happens next?

The Society’s Quality Assurance Department will review and confirm the outcome to the ADC in writing. Tutors are initially approved to train to tutor the DDE Course in specified genre(s) and units. New tutors are required to work under supervision of an experienced Approved Tutor for duration of 2 years or longer.

Once approved, new tutors may enrol for the mandatory online tutor training course.   Approved Tutors will not be given access to the online learning management platform (Totara) until after completion of the mandatory tutor training course. Upon completion of tutor training, Approved Tutors will be notified that they may now start to teach and enter learners under supervision if applicable and will be issued with an Approved Tutor Number which must be used when entering learners.

FAQ's

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I want to teach on the DDE programme. How can I do that?

As part of the ADC scheme, we deliver a scheme for Approved Tutors; teachers who are suitably qualified, experienced and trained to deliver the DDE programme. All Approved Tutors are linked to one or several ADCs and deliver the qualifications at ADC approved venues. To be eligible to apply to become an Approved Tutor, you must be linked to an ADC and hold either:

  • at the very minimum, the Licentiate or the Fellowship qualification in the genre(s) you wish to tutor; 
  • The Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy (for delivery of contextual units only)
  • Or equivalent qualification.

You will also need to demonstrate adequate evidence of professional competence in teaching teachers or be prepared to work under the supervision of an experienced Approved Tutor for a specified timescale.

If you do not have any of the listed qualifications, but feel your qualifications and experience are suitable, simply contact us to discuss the specifics of your situation. On confirmation of your pending approval as an Approved Tutor, you will be required to attend mandatory Tutor Training course organised by the Education & Training Department before you can begin tutoring any students. 

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