Artsmark - why apply?

If you are delivering fun, creative activities in your school, you could already be well on your way towards an Artsmark Award.

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Artsmark is the nationally recognised mark of excellence for schools delivering quality arts and cultural provision.

The Artsmark programme is a supported journey for schools to develop their practice and celebrate their achievements.

The new award provides a framework to build your profile as a school leading in arts education: to audit current strengths, identify priorities, articulate and align arts and cultural provision against whole school improvement.

Ofsted requirements around spiritual, moral, social, and cultural education can be evidenced through your Artsmark journey, and the process can support the development of leadership skills and link to students’ learning objectives.

Applying for ArtsMark has ensured that we continue our policy of having an Arts Driver to shape our curriculum. All children benefit and not just a few. It enabled us to think about other ways to involve the community and to share what we do.
(James Dixon Primary School)

Sign-up and submission

A £500 one-off joining fee at the start of your Artsmark journey, includes:

  • A one-day CPD / Professional Development Course for two members of staff (including one SLT member)
  • Ongoing support, expert guidance and advice from local ‘bridge’ organisation, A New Direction (London’s flagship creative and cultural education agency)
  • Peer learning events and networking
  • 1:1 support in developing your offer and shaping your submission to Arts Council England.

After registering, schools have up to two years to make their submission to Arts Council England, and the resulting Artsmark Award is valid for two years after being issued.

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

Artsmark enables your school to:

Celebrate – share your success and inspire others to get involved

Share – bring everyone in your school together with a common sense of purpose and extended opportunities.

Advocate – help protect the status of the arts and culture in schools, acknowledge the equal value of the arts in a broad and balanced curriculum and highlight the importance of creative career pathways

Connect – build new relationships with schools and cultural organisations through dedicated Artsmark workshops and events.

It was valuable spending time at the Development Day with a school colleague, away from the pressures of school life and a full-on teaching day, reflecting on the present ‘state of the arts’ in our school. Enjoyed talking, discussing, sharing ideas, with colleagues from other schools who are in the same situation (and have the same everyday pressures) as us.
(Wickham Common, Primary)
Artsmark is a fantastic way of focusing on what you already do well as a school and highlighting what you could yet still strive to do. We have identified skills within our own staff we didn't know existed (and shared these skills with others!) and pupil voice has been at the fore of our work. The process is straight forward and there are lots of resources available to help you get started.
(Hurlingham School)

What next?

Book onto a free information session now

Register to start your Artsmark journey now