Stagecoach Performing Arts

Associate Diploma in Teaching Performing Arts (ADPA) - Autumn Cohort 2020

For performing arts professionals looking to develop skills in teaching children and young people

Tuesday October 27th 2020 – Friday April 9th 2021 – Doors open at 9:00am

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ADPA Full Supported Course - Autumn Cohort '20
October 2020 - 'April 2021: £400 Deposit (Price: £1600)

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Stagecoach Associate Diploma in Teaching Performing Arts (ADPA) 

For performing arts professionals looking to develop skills in teaching children and young people

6 - 12 months part-time accredited programme

It’s not unusual for a young person’s dedication for the performing arts to have grown out of one teacher’s influence. We have seen many inspirational teachers whose passion and energy have set their subject alight for their students in a life-changing way.

Children and young people deserve the best possible teaching we can give them in order to discover that learning is fun, that learning is great and that a passion for the performing arts can last a lifetime! This is why we have set up this unique teaching developmental programme specifically aimed at performing arts professionals.

ADPA Online Learning Development Programme: 

Be Unstoppable - designed for those who are passionate about sharing their gifts in singing, dance, drama or musical theatre and who are looking for recognition in their teaching practice.

Be Inspired - follow a core online programme in a virtual learning environment with specialist guest practitioners and experienced educationalists.

Be Supported - the Stagecoach Education Team will guide you throughout the programme and you’ll have your own personal mentor, a coaching group and regular cohort check-ins.

Enjoy Flexibility - a six month part-time programme with access to high quality Stagecoach professional development opportunities and resources. Study around work, family and personal commitments.

Become Accredited - the supported programme incorporates the RSL Level 4 Professional Diploma (Teacher Pathway) qualification.

Inspiration & Close Support

This engaging and highly interactive developmental teaching programme - spaced over the period of two terms -  is facilitated by the Stagecoach Performing Arts Education Team and invited specialist speakers for exclusive presentations and Q&As. 

We promise inspirational facilitation, a safe, inclusive environment, exciting relevant learning experiences, an individualised programme journey, collegiality within a supported coaching group, one-to-one mentoring and a great deal of fun! 

ADPA Programme Content:

-Understanding Learning

-Inclusive Learning: Case Study

-Planning, Facilitating & Evaluating Learning

-Safe Teaching: Case Study

Gain an Internationally Recognised Qualification

Completing our online learning programme will not only improve your classroom practice, it will earn you a Level 4 Professional Diploma in teaching. The qualification is awarded by Rockschool and is recognised in over 40 countries worldwide. The teaching diploma is regulated by Ofqual, benchmarked at undergraduate degree level in the UK, and has worldwide recognition.

The RSL Level 4 Professional Diploma (DipRSL) is gained through a reflective programme spanning a term with the flexibility and support to study around your job, family and commitments. We recognise that everyone develops at a different pace with varied starting points - we can support you whatever your level of experience in improving your practice and gaining an accredited qualification. 

Building Your Portfolio

Throughout the programme you will be supported in shaping and reflecting upon your teaching practice to compliment the learning taking place in your classroom. Programme participants build a digital portfolio which will be the basis of assessment for the Level 4 Professional Diploma. 

Your collection of evidence can take the form of video presentations, podcasts and written work (max of 1000 words per topic and the total audio/visual evidence must not exceed 10 minutes per topic except Section 2’s teaching video submission).

Specialist Guest Lead Practitioners and Experienced Educationalists

Richard Gerver, Dr Alison Daubney, Pran Patel, Ollie Tunmer, Bree Smith, Pearce Barron and John Pritchard will be joining us online to facilitate our unique performing arts teacher development programme!

Richard Gerver - Keynote

Richard draws upon the first-hand experiences and unique insights garnered from frontline education to explore the links between great leadership, human potential, change and innovation. All four of Richard’s books, including “Simple Thinking” and “Education - A Manifesto for Change”have been global best sellers. In this exclusive keynote for Stagecoach ADPA, Richard hopes to bring inspiration, positivity and top tips for mindset to be the best version of our teaching-self for children and young people. There will be an opportunity to converse with Richard in a Q&A and all delegates will receive a copy of the book Education: A Manifesto for Change signed and dedicated to them by Richard.

Dr Alison Daubney

Ally Daubney is an international performing arts educator and researcher and has worked extensively with universities of Cambridge and Sussex on a range of worldwide development projects and courses.  She is a qualified and experienced teacher, mentor and trainer. For the past ten years Ally has held external examiner positions at a variety of higher education institutions, including Trinity Laban Conservatoire, The Open University and the University of Plymouth. In partnership with Greg Daubney, Ally co-wrote Play - a Psychological Toolkit for Optimal Performance - published by the ISM Trust.

Pran Patel

Pran has over 16 years of teaching experience working most recently as an assistant principal. He has an interesting career in leadership; leading standards; behaviour management; professional development and curriculum. As a mental health and BAME advocate, he recently featured in a documentary ‘Why teaching is making me ill’, ‘Black teachers are leaving the profession due to racism’ and his paradigm-shifting TEDx talk and various other TV and media appearances. He is a self-professed ‘outward-facing leader’ and is in the process of writing a book with John Catt Publishers by the same title.

Ollie Tunmer

Ollie is the founder and Director of Beat Goes On. He is a former cast member of the hit show STOMP and its sister show, ‘The Lost & Found Orchestra’. Ollie delivers fun, engaging and memorable workshops which draw on participants’ own ideas, as well as developing skills and knowledge. He also promotes the use of music as a means of encouraging well-being, for both individuals and teaching communities.

Whatever your performing arts discipline, be ready to Be Inspired with Ollie for the very first session of your ADPA Journey!

Bree Smith

A triple threat musical theatre performer, Gabrielle 'Bree' Smith’s stage credits include roles in Evita (Regents Park Open Air Theatre); Dick Whittington (Theatre Royal Stratford East); West Side Story (Royal Exchange Theatre); The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre); Scrooge the Musical (Leicester Curve Theatre); Wonderland (UK Tour); Eugenius! (London Palladium) and The Olivier Awards. Bree joins the ADPA to share her expertise in singing teaching.

Pearce Barron

Since graduating from ArtsEd with a First Class BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre Pearce has played Aladdin in Aladdin at New Victoria Theatre, Woking, and performed in The Pirate Queen at London Coliseum. Later this year he is due to play IQ in the West End production of Hairspray alongside Michael Ball and Paul Merton. A triple threat practitioner, Pearce joins the ADPA to share his expertise in dance teaching.

John Pritchard

John is a writer, artist and teacher and has been teaching at Stagecoach for 4 years. John’s writing has been performed at 2Fit in London, Paines Plough and The Trestle Theatre. Along with the wonderful members of his Stagecoach Drama Troupe, John has twice won the Lewis Davis prize at the Welwyn Theatre Festival for his plays ‘The Entire History of the World. Kinda’ and ‘Hiroshima’. When not working in Theatre, John can be found performing stand up comedy or painting fine art in his studio. He will be giving his top tips for Acting teaching on our ADPA programme.

Course Structure:

Part 1

Day 1: 09:15 - 14:30 GMT  Tuesday 27 October 2020

Day 2: 09:15 - 14:30 GMT Wednesday 28 October 2020

Day 3: 09:15 - 14:30 GMT Thursday 29 October 2020

Ongoing support including two mentoring sessions linked to a Personal Development Plan and free access to Stagecoach Education Teacher Development workshops and career coaching.

Part 2

Day 4: 09:15 - 14:30 BST Wednesday 7 April 2021

Day 5: 09:15 - 14:30 BST Thursday 8 April 2021

Day 6: 09:15 - 14:30 BST Friday 9 April 2021

Delegates may choose to extend their development and complete the programme at a later date. Deadline: October 2021. 

The ADPA Programme welcomes delegates from countries other than the UK. Please note that the facilitation and accompanying guidance is in English.  

ADPA Online Learning Programme - Full Price £1600 (Deposit £400)

Please contact to find out about discounted and subsidised rates for Stagecoach Teachers, Stagecoach Alumni, members of ABCD and ISM and performers whose employment has been affected by the pandemic. 

To guarantee your place, pay £400 deposit. 

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Starts: Tuesday, October 27th 2020 at 9:30am
Doors open: 9:00am
Ends: Friday, April 9th 2021 at 5:00pm

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Bookings close: October 23rd 2020


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