The UK government has announced that from 8th March 2021 new guidance will be in place to aid music, dance and drama teaching to resume in school settings, including extra-curricular activity, and out of schools settings.

At RSL Awards, we are aware of the different approaches being taken across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and that you will be working out what the latest guidance means for you, your colleagues, parents and students.

Exam Venues:

As our exams lead to a regulated qualification, venues are able to host exam sessions for RSL PAA Exams and our PAA Exam Guidance can be found here...

COVID–19: PAA Exam Centre Guidance

Teaching Venues:

From 29th March 2021, private venues are able to deliver provision towards exams leading to regulated qualifications subject to meeting all appropriate protocols for safe delivery.

However, we are also aware that there are a number of factors affecting the ability of private organisations and teachers to offer face to face provision in a safe environment and, as online teaching continues, we have established a number of exam options for Street Dance, Jazz Dance, Musical Theatre and Acting.

PAA Video Exams

Recorded Video Exams

Recorded Video Exams can be submitted by schools or venues from Premiere – Grade 8 in Music Theatre. Individuals, schools, venues or exam centres can submit Recorded Video Exams for all grades in Acting, Premiere to Grade 3 in Jazz Dance and Grades 1-3 in Street Dance.

Live Video Exams

Live Video Exams can be conducted by schools and venues as an alternative to a live examiner visit to your venue.

More information about all of our video exams available for PAA can be found here...

PAA Face-to-Face Exams

Where it is safe to do so, we can send an examiner to your venue to assess your students. Our exam centre guidance can be found here.

COVID–19: PAA Exam Centre Guidance


If you have any queries and would like to get in touch with a member of the RSL Awards team, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us! Please contact paa@rslawards.com

Please note: guidance and documentation will be revised or updated as necessary in light of Government and Public Health England guidelines.