A Headteacher’s perspective: Dance in primary education


Birmingham headteacher Caz Brasenell tells One Dance UK why dance will always be a priority at for students at Ark Kings Academy, Birmingham.

“Dance is an integral part of our curriculum offer at Kings Academy. 

Firstly, and foremost, it’s part of our PE curriculum from EYFS through to KS4. But maybe more importantly, Performing Arts is a strong thread in our curriculum intent and forms a strong link in our integrated curriculum. Every child has the opportunity to have high quality dance, music and drama which allows them to acquire skills, knowledge and confidence to perform and present.

 Our school mission is ‘to give every pupil the skills and knowledge necessary to be able to go to university or pursue a career of their choice.’ Undoubtedly, Dance is integral to this. Dance strengthens pupils physically, develops resilience, develops creativity, promotes wellbeing and mindfulness, gives challenge to tackle a wide variety of worldwide topics through dance, allows pupils to express emotions and develops the skills of pupils being able present themselves in their best light when it matters; exams, interviews and the workplace.

 With the advent of the new Ofsted framework September 2019, pilot schools report that by including performing arts in their curriculum, then their grading in the new category of ‘Quality of Education’ has been strengthened. Dance brings joy to our school, it creates our ‘pupil buy-in’ and is highly rated in both pupil and parent views. Parents love coming to watch their children perform in their children’s curriculum showcases- of which dance is an integral part.

 At Kings, dance will always be a priority with every pupil given the opportunity to explore different genres, develop individual skills as well as developing team skills and choreography.”

Ms Caz Brasenell – Headteacher at Ark Kings Academy, Birmingham