Placing creativity at the heart of education.

What is Artsmark?

Artsmark is the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings, accredited by Arts Council England. It supports settings to develop and celebrate their commitment to arts and cultural education.

Who is Artsmark for?

Artsmark is available to Primary , secondary and special schools, pupil referral units, youth offending teams and sixth form colleges.

Why Artsmark?

Artsmark  gives  a clear framework to plan, develop and evaluate arts and cultural provision. It provides evidence for Ofsted on how you meet its spiritual, moral, social and cultural requirements, supporting the wellbeing of pupils.

The process is light on paperwork and flexible to each individual setting. Teachers and educators receive professional support, advice and resources to help strengthen their arts provision, motivating and inspiring teaching staff. Schools and settings also gain access to the Artsmark Partnership Programme – a network of the country’s most treasured cultural organisation (see Artsmark Partners Database below).

How to apply

  1. Register your school on the Artsmark website
  2. Attend a Development Training in your region
  3. Submit your Statement of Commitment
  4. Deliver- you will have two years to deliver your activity
  5. Submit an evaluative Statement of Impact
  6. Level- once your Statement of Impact is reviewed, Artsmark will determine your level: Silver, Gold or Platinum
  7. Celebrate! Festival Bridge hosts annual celebration event
Artsmark also supports Arts Award which recognises the creative development of individual young people.

Any school can apply. Our area already has 21% of schools signed up to Artsmark and this continues to grow.

To discuss your schools’ Artsmark journey please contact one of our Education Managers by email or call us: 01603 878285.

Read national case studies on the Artsmark Website

Read local Artsmark Stories (Festival Bridge region covers Norfolk, Suffolk, Peterborough and Cambridgeshire)

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