Stepping Up is the third episode of the fourth season of The Dumping Ground. It was first broadcast on 5th February 2016 at 5:00pm on CBBC and CBBC HD.


Jody, Carmen and Tee enter a Street Dance contest, but can Jody overcome her nerves? Elsewhere, various shelves and doors of the Ashdene Ridge start falling apart. Has Mike failed at DIY, or is there a saboteur in the house?


  • First episode to be aired at 5pm since season 1's Esme.
  • This the second time the handle from the toilet door has been removed, after Endurance
  • This is the second time someone has vandalised the house to make repairs to it, after Cash Cows.
  • This is the second time Harry has been falsely accused of something, after Firestarter.
  • A stunt double was used for Jody's breakdancing. This is why Jody wears a cap for most of the episode, to obscure the stunt double's face.
  • Carmen's positive affirmation CDs from Stuck with You and Fake it to Make it make a return in this episode.
  • Footage from this episode is seen on the laptop in The Dumping Ground Island


  • Carmen and Tee suddenly become best friends again, even though after the events caused by Ryan in the episode "Who Are You?" in series 3, they were no longer friends for the rest of the series. But we never saw them resolve things and it was never cleared up if Carmen, Tyler and Bailey found out or knew that the tampared recordings of Tee saying bad stuff about them were true or not.
  • Early on, the subtitles call Jody "Jodie".
  • Jody grows taller during the breakdancing scenes as her stunt double is taller than Kia Pegg (Jody's actress).

The Dumping Ground episodes

Series 1: Home AloneLiberty in the DGBabyS.O.S.What Would Gus Want?The Real Faith DavisThe Truth Is Out ThereDreamlandA Day in the PastOh, Mo!Seriously FunnyEsmeScary Beasts

Series 2: Kick OffQuittersExperienceThe BarbecueFinding FrankHolding OnEnduranceI Have a DreamSticks and StonesG.I. JohnnyBe My GirlHopeFace the Music

Series 3: Party GamesGrand Theft DGStuck with YouMischiefNow You See MeIt's Not About the MoneyFake it to Make itBreaking InThe Long Way HomeDragon SlayerThree DaysFree to Good HomeBetter Than YouWho Are You?Where is Love?The Goodbye GirlSomething BorrowedWhat Matters?Coming RoundRefuge

Series 4: Lost and FoundBear-Faced LiarStepping UpThey Walk Among UsHold The Front PageGrowing PainsSubmarineFirst Past The PostSurvivorsThe End of It AllPerfect MatchDorisRisky BusinessTrollIt Takes TwoGetting to Know YouTwo CampsHow to Be PerfectOne For SorrowTwo For Joy

Series 5: Miscreants, Robots and BulliesBack in the GameOne Giant LeapThe Fairytale PrincessSittin' in a TreeFaking ItSasha Bellman P.I.BeliefVox PopuliFreeThe WardrobeFarvelChoose Your Own AdventureMaking WavesThe Phantom of Ashdene RidgeThe SwitchMission Totally PossibleSickRough JusticeWhere You Belong♯SaveTheDGWhat Lies Beneath

Series 6: Jody on the RopesSaved by the BellGive & TakeHeroesSorryNotSorryCat's in the CradleChallenging TimesTwo Sides to Every StoryUtopiaThe LurgyRyanManHolding Out For a HeroStuckThe SecretBird's SongHomeFakerMe, Myself and IJay and Bird's Day OffWastersJoyless DivisionNo EscapingTo Have and Not to HoldMissing Presumed Single

Series 7: RageFive DoorsThe Lone RangerFace Your FearRun the RiskCandi-Rose?The Return of the Freaky Twins

Specials: Jody in WonderlandLiam's StoryFloss the FoundlingDumping Ground IslandSasha's Contact MeetingThe Joseph & Taz Files