At Stagecoach Performing Arts, we have developed a unique Educational Framework for each stage of learning. The ages of children in each stage may vary across the country, depending upon the children attending, but our talented and experienced teachers have the flexibility to adapt their class content to the interests, talents and ages of their students.

There will be variances in the delivery of the Educational Framework from school to school as each Principal and their teachers choose the exciting, creative content that is appropriate for their school to personalise students learning. 

Our framework helps every student develop and reach their full potential.

Early Stages



Learn how to

  • Pitch match to another singing voice

  • Sing with a confident sound

  • Use posture to support a good sound

  • Sing with expression

Dancing / Movement

Learn how to

  • Use basic dance steps and moves (e.g. heel/toe, skipping) in corner work and group dance

  • Link a series of steps together to produce a dance sequence

  • Maintain a steady pulse when dancing to a sound track

  • Create own movement to given stimuli

Drama / Acting

Learn how to

  • Follow direction in story telling

  • Experiment with story and character through role play

  • Improvise and have fun with acting and using the voice

Life Skills

Students will develop

  • Turn taking

  • Team working

  • Listening to others

  • Speaking confidently to others

  • Empathising with others



Main Stages 1



Learn how to

  • Accurately pitch match to another singing voice

  • Develop good breath control and posture to support the singing voice and to produce a good tone

  • Sing in an appropriate style for different repertoire

  • Sing simple harmonies

  • Experiment with creating own melody lines

Dancing / Movement

Learn how to

  • Show greater accuracy in dance steps

  • Control coordination when moving to regular pulse and when linking dance steps together in a dance sequence

  • Show awareness of other dancers in ensemble work

  • Create own choreographed movements

Drama / Acting

Learn how to

  • Engage creatively in story telling with others

  • Speak clearly and show awareness of characterisation

  • Improvise solo and in a group

  • Use the space on the stage effectively when acting and working with other cast members

  • Work with scripts

Life Skills

Students will develop

  • Building relationships

  • Making group decisions based on environmental situations

  • Confidently contribute ideas and opinions that support development of a group piece



Main Stages 2



Learn how to

  • Accurately pitch match to a range of musical stimuli

  • Apply breath control to support extended pitch range

  • Sing group and solo songs with a confident sound and accuracy in pitch and rhythm

  • Sing more complex harmonies

  • Experiment with composing melody and lyrics

Dancing / Movement

Learn how to

  • Apply learned technique to a wider range of dance styles and performance

  • Control body alignment to support balance

  • Respond to, and show awareness of changes in dance style and tempo

  • Develop body strength to support more challenging repertoire

  • Work creatively in group choreography and performance

Drama / Acting

Learn how to

  • Maintain a character role in a storyline and bring a character to life

  • Speak with clear articulation, vocal projection and dynamic control (loud, quiet etc.)

  • Improvise as part of a performance with increased awareness of audience

  • Use gesture to illustrate feelings and emotion

  • Work with others to devise a story

  • Experiment with ‘hot-seating’ to explore ideas

Life Skills

Students will develop

  • Knowing when it is best to speak and best to listen

  • Develop reflective thinking skills

  • Offer peer support and seek peer support

  • Receive and value the opinions of others



Main Stages 3



Learn how to

  • Accurately pitch match to another music al sound and to changes in key

  • Control breath to support an even tone when moving from  head  to chest voice

  • Experiment with more challenging solo and ensemble repertoire

  • Apply a range of vocal technique to support singing in different styles and genres and in own composition

  • Balance vocal sound when singing solo and in an ensemble to give a polished performance

Dancing / Movement

Learn how to

  • Apply technique and gesture to perform more complex dance styles and moves

  • Control balance and body alignment to support solo, pair and group performance

  • Use dance space effectively in solo and ensemble performance

  • Devise own choreographed repertoire and deliver a polished and convincing performance

Drama / Acting

Learn how to

  • Explore and develop character

  • Speak confidently in solo and ensemble/group performances

  • Respond creatively to bring the text/script alive

  • Apply a range of performance techniques to tell a story; e.g. mime, comedic, monologue, physical theatre

  • Support others in rehearsal and performance

  • Have fun with devising and structuring a piece of theatre

Life Skills

Students will develop

  • Develop independent learning skills such as making informed choices and knowing where to seek more information

  • Knowing and respecting team inclusion

  • Actively volunteering for extra responsibility in group work



Further Stages



Learn how to

  • Sing with confidence and accuracy in a range of styles and performance environments

  • Balance vocal projection and tone in different performance spaces

  • Develop good microphone technique

  • Employ facial and body gesture to support a high quality performance

  • Deliver and effective performance through balance and control when using vibrato

  • Compose own melodic and harmony parts for solo and group performance

  • Support other singers on stage and in rehearsal

  • Take the lead when required

  • Reflect upon own and group performance

Dancing / Movement

Learn how to

  • Dance with accuracy and attention to detail to deliver a polished performance; e.g. refined movement/gesture of arms, hands, fingers

  • Develop core strength to support challenging and complex repertoire

  • Recognise and respond to changing tempo

  • Devise own dance choreography for solo and ensemble performance

  • Use improvisation effectively  and respond creatively when working with other dance practitioners

  • Reflect upon own and group performance to make improvements

Drama / Acting

Learn how to

  • Adapt character, performance and vocal delivery for different media/text; e.g. film, theatre, TV, radio

  • Deliver lines with awareness of accuracy in timing, and expression in voice & body gesture

  • Take constructive direction from others and offer feedback/direction to others

  • Take on other roles in theatre arts; e.g. directing, staging, costume, technical support, sound & lighting

  • Use performance space creatively and effectively in solo and ensemble roles

  • Experiment through rehearsal

  • Reflect upon own and group performance

Life Skills

Students will develop

  • Preparing for auditions and/or interviews

  • Awareness of talent, strengths and potential for development

  • Identifying opportunities to gain greater exposure to Performing Arts industry and professional standards