University of Chichester & PGCE Dance

© Jo Hodson-Prior

If you are reading this article, then you are probably already invested in the power of dance. It is both transformative, sparks curiosity and has the capacity to shape lives – for many students, it is the reason that they get out of bed and go into school in the morning. Yet, according to a recent BBC survey (2018) of 1,200 secondary schools, 90% (1,080) said they were ‘cutting back’ (Jeffreys, 2018) on either curriculum time, staffing or facilities in one creative subject. We have seen first hand the impact of cutting Arts in schools and are committed to ensuring that dance and the Arts are at the heart of every child’s education.

Despite the challenges of the current financial and political climate there has never been a better time to train to be a dance teacher, it is now more than ever that we need passionate individuals championing the Arts in schools. The University of Chichester offers a holistic approach to teacher training, embedding the delivery of theoretical content through practical work. PGCE dance students will have the opportunity to experience a range of workshops with local schools exploring SEND, boys dance and Gifted and Talented provision. Subject Study days begin with technique classes in a range of genres, equipping our students to be both inspiring and skilled practitioners. The PGCE dance course is part of a wider programme, which enables students to engage in cutting edge educational practice and work with colleagues in a variety of different subjects within Professional Studies. The programme offers the opportunity to engage in Masters level study, developing criticality and gaining Masters credits that can be put towards a future Masters in Education.

The University of Chichester has a long and distinguished record of training teachers dating back to 1839 and our teacher training courses have a strong national and international reputation. University of Chichester are committed to supporting the Department for Education in widening participation from those groups who are currently under-represented in the teaching profession. University of Chichester are proud that our partnership schools are committed to facilitating high quality dance teaching and their mentors are highly trained and respected practitioners, invested in the ethos of our programme. In a post-Brexit Britain it is difficult to foresee what the future holds for the Arts, but there is a need for inspiring and creative teachers to make a difference to young people’s lives.

Jo Hodson-Prior

If you think you have what it takes to be a dance teacher or for further information about The University of Chichester Dance courses, please contact Jo Hodson-Prior or Laure Jackson

Jeffreys, B. (2018). Creative Subjects being squeezed, schools tell BBC.
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