CDMT, Council for Dance Drama and Musical Theatre, Recognised Awards Scheme logoA Recognised School is a pre or non-vocational dance, drama or musical theatre school that is committed to putting the safety of its pupils first and meets the following nine requirements of good professional practice.


All CDMT Recognised Schools:

  • Have and adhere to appropriate Professional Policies and Procedures in respect of the following: health and safety (including safe dance practice), safeguarding, equal opportunities and customer service (including feedback and complaints)
  • Ensure valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificates are in place for all members of staff including teachers, administrators and all ancillary staff
  • Hold appropriate and adequate Insurance
  • Adhere to the CDMT Code of Professional Conduct and Practice or recognised equivalent
  • Make the Nine Requirements for Recognised Schools document publicly available, together with the following Key Information: contact details, timetables and venues for examinations and all performance events
  • Ensure that the majority of teaching is delivered by teachers with appropriate Teaching Qualifications i.e. hold a CDMT, Ofqual or other government recognised teaching qualification at QCF Level 3 or above. Teachers not holding (or working towards) such a teaching qualification should be in the minority but  will still demonstrate Professional Experience to the satisfaction of CDMT
  • Employ or engage all teachers on appropriate Teaching Contracts
  • Conduct annual Staff Appraisals and offer relevant Continuing Professional Development within the organisation
  • Keep formal Financial Accounts which are independently inspected or audited where required by law 

 All CDMT Recognised Schools benefit from:

  • Complementary inclusion in CDMT's national online searchable database of schools and teachers
  • Display of the CDMT Recognised Award certificate
  • Display of the CDMT Recognised School logo on marketing and promotional materials
  • Access to bespoke insurance packages with performing arts specialist insurers Hencilla Canworth
  • Discounted subscriptions from partner and supporting organisations – eg. IDS, The Stage, Dancing Times
  • Discounted purchases from partner and supporting organisations – eg. IDS
  • Discounts on Educare’s easy to use Duty of Care & Safeguarding e-learning courses
  • Discounted offers on DanceBiz management software, an efficiency tool used by hundreds of dance schools
  • Discounts on personally customisable, promotional materials from Consider This UK multi-media marketing solutions
  • Unlimited supplies of CDMT Recognised Awards promotional leaflets and posters


To find your nearest Recognised School search the online database.

To apply online for the Recognised School award click here