Placing creativity at the heart of education.

As well as recognising schools that are making the arts come alive, the Artsmark award is a valuable tool for enriching a school’s arts provision, whatever the starting point.

Artsmark enables schools and education settings to celebrate and advocate for the value of cultural education, and gives schools and education settings 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 Day in your region
  3. Submit your Statement of Commitment
  4. Deliver- you will have two years to deliver your activity
  5. Submit an evaluative Case Study
  6. Level- once your Case Study 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 here or call us on 01603 878285.

Visit the Artsmark website

Download the Artsmark Booklet

Cultural Education Map

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