Artsmark Award

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England.

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About Artsmark

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. It provides a clear framework for teachers to plan, develop and evaluate arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum and beyond.

London schools are supported throughout their Artsmark journey with expert guidance and advice from bridge organisation, A New Direction, London’s flagship creative and cultural education agency.

Artsmark can help you to:

  • further your practice, and build your profile as a school leading in arts and cultural education.
  • audit current strengths, identify priorities, articulate and align arts and cultural provision against whole school improvement.
  • provide evidence to support spiritual, moral, social and cultural requirements for Ofsted.
  • celebrate your achievements and gain an award.

Signing up gives you access to:

  • a one-day professional development course for two (one from your SLT)
  • 1:1 support in developing your offer and preparing to submit for your Award.
  • peer learning events and networking.
  • practical teaching resources and opportunities to connect with leading cultural organisations both on and offline.

All support is included within an initial £500 sign-up. Schools have up to two years to make a submission, and the resulting Artsmark Award (Silver, Gold or Platinum) is then valid for two years

Find out why schools are applying for Artsmark

The journey to achieving Artsmark status has allowed us to celebrate the many enriching activities that already happen at our school and has opened up our eyes to many more creative opportunities.
omber Grove Primary

Free information sessions

Want to find out more before you register? Come along to one of our free Discover Artsmark Sessions for all you need to know about what's involved.

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Ready to sign up?

You can register directly on the Artsmark website, it only takes a couple of minutes.

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Registration was really easy - I set aside a whole
hour to do it, but it only took a few minutes!
(Hayes School, Secondary)

CPD / Development Day

Once you have registered, you and a colleague will be invited to attend a Development Day to get you started.

Peer learning and support sessions

Already on your Artsmark journey? We are offering further support on developing your action plan, evaluating impact and completing paperwork, with these free sessions, the emphasis on sharing and collaboration.

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Cultural organisations can also offer support by becoming an Artsmark Partner. By joining the Artsmark Partnership Programme you will join a network of organisations who are devoted to bringing great arts and cultural opportunities to children and young people
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Artsmark supporting documents

We have compiled a list of supporting documents and resources to help you on your Artsmark journey.

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More supporting documents can be found on the Artsmark website.

Celebrating Artsmark schools

Find out more about schools that have received their Artsmark Award.