Research and analysis

Dance project changing young people’s lives: Wessex Dance Academy

This Ofsted good practice example shows how Wessex Academy re-engages young people who are either not in education, employment or training.

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The Wessex Dance Academy - good practice example

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The Wessex Dance Academy (the Academy), run by Hampshire County Council, provides contemporary dance programmes for young people in Hampshire. It is primarily aimed at young people aged between 15 and 25 who are either not in education, employment or training (NEET) or who are in care or care leavers, offending or at risk of offending, excluded from school or school refusers.

The Academy delivers a 12-week course that consists of practical dance training ending in a dance performance in front of an audience, often at the Theatre Royal, Winchester. The young people who successfully complete the course receive an Open College Network qualification (OCN) level 1 or 2. More generally, the programme aims to re-engage students with education or work, divert them from offending, improve their health and reduce their need for support services.

Published 9 March 2015