Pro Dance Services Code of Professional Conduct and Practice for all Staff and Volunteers

(including student teachers)

All staff & volunteers should behave with integrity in all professional and business relationships (not just at Pro Dance Services).

They should be honesty but fair, courtesy and considerate. At all times they should uphold and enhance the good standard and reputation of Pro Dance Services and work in a collaborative and co-operative manner with other staff, volunteers, dance professionals and other organisations.

All staff & volunteers should strive for objectivity in all professional and business judgments. They should work in an open and co-operative manner with students and families and ensure that students are not discriminated against on the grounds of sex, race, colour, religion, age, disability, national or social origin or other status.

Staff & volunteers should not accept work or undertake work for which they are not competent or qualified to do so. They should acknowledge any limitations in their knowledge and competency and take steps to practice in a fully skilled manner. They should assist professional colleagues, in the context of their own knowledge, experience and sphere of responsibility, to develop their professional competence and should undertake continuing professional development to ensure knowledge and practice remains current as required by their individual awarding body and Pro Dance Services.

All staff & volunteers should carry out their professional work with due skill, care and proper regard for the technical and professional standards expected of them at Pro Dance Services. They should ensure that no action or omission on their part, or within their sphere of responsibility, is detrimental to the interests or safety of Pro Dance Services students.


Here at Pro Dance Services we expect all our staff and volunteers to act with courtesy and consideration. They should always act in such a manner as to promote and safeguard the interests and well-being of Pro Dance Services students and should justify Pro Dance Services' student trust and confidence.

All our staff and volunteers should insure that confidential information obtained in the course of their professional work should not be used for personal advantage or be disclosed without the consent of the pupil or parent, except where there is a legal right or duty to disclose. Pro Dance Services expect all staff and volunteers to be aware of and abide by current data protection legislation.

No staff member or volunteer should seek publicity for their own services out side of the company unless approved by Pro Dance Services.  They can advertise their Pro Dance Services, achievements but only in a way consistent with the dignity of the profession. Under no circumstances, can they promote their or the services of another teacher, in such a way, or to such an extent, that amounts to harassment of the prospective pupil or parent or  publish, or cause to be published, any notice, newspaper, advertisement or any other matter likely to damage the standing of Pro Dance Services or to damage or depreciate the reputation of any colleague or student.

All our staff and volunteers should comply with statutory requirements affecting health and safety at work. They should ensuring the provision of adequate public/products liability insurance and employer liability insurance before running any session. They must comply with all the statutory requirements affecting the running of Pro Dance Services, including registration of names, income tax, value added tax and any other matter required by law within their job roll at Pro Dance Services.

They must insure that they are in accordance with the law with regard to copyright, recording, public performance and other matters concerning printed matter and recorded music related to their

All our staff and volunteers must ensure that classes are of a size appropriate to the levels and techniques being taught and the space being used. Students in each class should be of compatible age and/or standard. They should be aware of developments in Child Protection legislation and undertake Criminal Records Bureau enhanced disclosure as required, and endure that teaching facilities are adequately maintained and provide suitable flooring appropriate to the technique taught, with a clean, safe surface; to minimise the risk of injury. That adequate heating levels and ventilation ae in place That suitable, secure and safe area for changing and abide by Health and Safety statutory legislation requirements; understand their responsibility in case of a medical emergency and keep records in the Pro Dance Services accident book as well as ensuring that all fire regulations are displayed and adhered to.

All our staff and volunteers should behave in accordance with sound data protection principles; currently these are the eight data protection principles of the Data Protection Act 1998. 

  1. Fairly and lawfully processed

  2.     Processed for limited purposes

  3.     Adequate, relevant and not excessive

  4.     Accurate

  5.     Not kept longer than necessary

  6.     Processed in accordance with data subjects’ rights

  7.     Secure

  8.     Not transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) without adequate protection

Notification In certain circumstances (but not all) dance teachers need to register with the Information Commission.

Standards of good practice for the relationship between teacher and student at Pro Dance Services.

Pro Dance Services 

  • has a written, clearly defined aim and objective which sets out the broad goals to be achieved by the school.

  • has a written, clearly defined set of objectives which outline the benefits a pupil can expect to receive through the teaching staff’s conscientious implementation these objectives .

  • has a written, clearly defined health, injury and prevention and child protection policy.

  • employs teaching staff with experience and qualifications appropriate to the levels and techniques to be taught. Our student teachers are be trained and supervised to ensure and maintenance the school’s teaching standards.

  • conforms to sound business practice.

  • applies appropriate teaching aims and assessment procedures to students. 

  • ensures that students and families have ample opportunity to communicate with their teachers.

  • uses adequate and flexible teaching skills to create a productive learning environment.


Individual teachers at Pro Dance Services will:

  • Encourage communication between student and him/herself and other students.

  • Communicate a love of dance and encourage the art of dance.

  • Demonstrate professional attitudes, including punctuality reliability and responsible care of students.

  • Develop self-discipline and self motivation in the students.

  • Transmit general concepts of movement in addition to those of a particular dance style.

  • Develop in the students an appreciation of the characteristic style of each specific discipline taught.

  • Recognise and develop each student’s potential and offer appropriate guidance for further progress

  • Recognise physical differences and limitations and different learning styles, modifying the teaching and seeking advice where necessary. The teaching and choreography must be anatomically safe, and physical corrections must be attempted in a careful and sensitive manner

  •  Uphold the rules of their dance teaching society/organisation and Pro Dance Services.

Code of Practice for dealing with Under 18s

To be adopted as a condition of employment at Pro Dance Services whether paid or as a volunteer

Legislation to protect Children and Vulnerable Groups has been in force for some time. It affects everyone who deals with those under 18 years of age or those classed as vulnerable adults.


All those dealing with under 18’s must have DBS clearance. Some essential guidelines needed to be considered for all who fail into this category and no matter how long you have been teaching, we INSTRUCT you to adjust your procedures to accommodate this Act.

It is an obligation to keep proper records of all pupils, including date of birth, address etc. A contact telephone number must be obtained in case of an emergency. Provision must be made to record medical conditions ie:- asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and all allergies etc. Remember you are responsible whilst they are under your supervision. A register must be kept and produced in event of evacuation of the premises.




The local authorities usually recommend that one adult per 10 children (depending on the age of the children). Please check with your local authority as each area varies. You must avoid all inappropriate, unnecessary and physical contact with pupils and remember that VERBAL ABUSE is more likely to arise as a problem than any physical one. Refrain from making any personal remarks to the child, which may later be used in a different light than you intended. Previous actions that may have employed in the past must now cease. Any touching of pupils to illustrate body positions etc. or any remarks which use words not considered appropriate are to be avoided. You must ensure that you are never alone with a pupil at any time. This is especially appropriate to Private tuition and includes travel to and from classes.

This is for your protection as well as children and young people.

Concise arrangements must be made with parents and carers about the collection of children from classes. You must make parents aware that you be informed of any changes in these arrangements. You must never leave a child to wait alone outside a class or venue. Two adults should be waiting with them. This should operate on a rota basis with two parents staying behind after each session to accommodate this – with all parents and carers agreement.

Pupils must not be left alone with The Examiner. This applies to provisional members and professional examinations involving those under 18 years of age.

Listen to children and keep an open mind about complaints.

Ensure that parents and carers are aware of issues of safety and how to raise concerns. Make it clear to children, parents, carers, helpers and dance teachers what body contact is acceptable and how this should be managed.

It is your duty to ensure that bullying between pupils does not occur.

You need to observe this code of practice to also avoid the situation of false allegations.

Behaviour of Pupils

Although it is hoped that no teacher would have to restrain a pupil, the following could be acceptable reasons for such:-

  1.     When they injure themselves or others.

  2.     When damage is caused.

  3.     Action causing a breach of the peace.

  4.     Interfering with the discipline of the class.

  5.     Risk of assault.

If removal from the premises is necessary, you must call the parent, carer or police to do so. Removal without such action is a violation.