Projects In Schools

Step It Up

Step It Up is a two-year primary education programme focusing specifically on teacher development across three areas in Scotland: Dundee, West Dunbartonshire and Glasgow.  The project aims to look at the different ways in which teachers can use dance and kinaesthetic learning to support and challenge pupils to achieve their potential.

Thanks to £150,000 of funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Teacher Development Fund, Step It Up aims to work with teachers to develop their skills and knowledge to teach dance using integrated curricular lesson delivery. Through practical sessions and blended CLPL, 18 teachers from six schools and two Dance Artists in Education will take part in an experiential journey led by pedagogy, sharing, reflection and evaluation. 

YDance will work with teachers and school leaders, the drivers of educational change in school, to improve attainment and overcome barriers to learning. The project will use learning from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded four-year project Shake It Up as a starting point. The Shake It Up programme was designed to enable children to learn a range of curriculum subjects through dance.

Project Aims

Step It Up aims to work with teachers to:

  • Develop their knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of dance
  • Develop the key skills involved in teaching a subject through dance
  • Create, develop and implement dance in education lessons as part of the curriculum for excellence
  • Develop a shared practice by networking and sharing learning with the community of Step It Up schools


Step It Up is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Illustration by Little White Desk.

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