We run a range of events for different sectors, including development days for Artsmark schools, CPD activities for artists and much more. Browse our calendar to see what’s happening and click into each event to find out more and register your interest.
The Artsmark Development day is a
The Artsmark Development day is a full day of CPD for two members of staff (one must be a member of your Senior Leadership Team). The purpose of the day is to explain your journey ahead, to support high level planning for the arts and culture in your school and to give you the opportunity to network and share ideas and planning with other schools in your area.
Overview of the Artsmark Process
Artsmark has a common sense application process that is light on paperwork and flexible to your school.
Each school follows these steps to gain an Artsmark award:
Register your school or education setting by completing the short form on our website.
- Undertake a Self-Assessment
Read the Self-Assessment document to find out about the criteria for each Artsmark level, Arts Council England’s Quality Principles and to gauge your schools current level of provision. (Bring this along to the Development Day)
- Attend a Development Day
You have now booked to attend a Development Day with us, your local delivery partner. Here you will start to write your Statement of Commitment.
- Write a Statement of Commitment
Use the Statement of Commitment template to tell us about your goals and objectives for Artsmark. Submit this to Arts Council England within one term of attending the Development Day.
- Deliver and develop your goals
When your Statement of Commitment is accepted you have up to two years to deliver and develop your goals and objectives and submit a Case Study.
- Get support from us, your local delivery partner
We offer support sessions on topics such as evidencing impact and writing your Case Study. These are two hour courses that you can book on to via our website www.artsconnect.co.uk
- Evidence and evaluate the impact
Look back at your Statement of Commitment, Self-Assessment, Quality Principles and the work you have done to evidence and evaluate the impact of Artsmark.
- Write a Case Study
Use the Case Study template to reflect on the journey you have been on since submitting your Statement of Commitment and submit this to Arts Council England.
There is a half termly submission deadline for Case Studies to go forward for Levelling, we will keep you updated of these dates via the Arts Connect newsletter
- Be awarded an Artsmark level
After the Case Study deadline passes you will hear the outcome of your submission by the end of the following academic term. You can be awarded Silver, Gold or Platinum Artsmark award which you hold for two years.
To maintain Artsmark status you should re-register before your award expires and start working towards your next award.
This workshop is for those
This workshop is for those who have submitted a Statement of Commitment, completed the majority of intended activity and are writing their Case Study.
The two hour session will help you to reflect on your Statement of Commitment, review the arts activities that you have implemented, get support in areas you are unsure about and hear from other schools at the same stage as you.
Arts Connect will provide support on drafting your case study through:
- Reviewing your action plan and any sections of your Case Study that you have completed
- Synthesising the evidence from your activities
- Reflecting on the Self-Assessment tool
- Making sure that you have correctly filled in the Case Study document
Participants should bring along a copy of their action plan, Statement of Commitment and any other evidence that they wish to refer to.
There will be opportunities to hear other schools’ stories and find out how they are approaching this part of the Artsmark journey.
If you have submitted your
If you have submitted your Statement of Commitment and are thinking about how to evidence your achievements in your Case Study, this is the session for you.
The purpose of this session is to:
- Plan how you will complete your Artsmark Case Study
- Gain a clear understanding of how to evaluate the impact of Artsmark and arts activity within your school
- Increase awareness of the Arts Council’s quality principles of arts education and how they apply to your work
- Create an action plan for your Artsmark journey with evaluation methods and key dates
- Ensure that you will meet the criteria to attain the Artsmark level you are aiming for
You should bring along a copy of your Statement of Commitment, School Improvement Plan, Self-assessment Tool, the Quality Principles document and any evaluation tools you already use.
There will be opportunities to hear other schools’ stories and discover how they are approaching this part of the Artsmark journey.
If you would like to go to an evaluating impact session, but cannot get to Birmingham, please contact email@example.com for further options.
SECONDARY DRAMA TEACHERS NETWORK A must
SECONDARY DRAMA TEACHERS NETWORK
A must attend FREE event for all West Midlands Secondary Drama Teachers. The Secondary Drama teachers network meets once a term for CPD, support and advice and the next meeting is on Wednesday 18 October 4.15 – 6.00pm at Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
We are delighted that Roxana Silbert, The REP’s Artistic Director, will lead a Directing Masterclass, this workshop will focus on DNA by Dennis Kelly. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with The REP’s Artistic Director on this set text which deals directly and powerfully with hard hitting issues, such as violence, guilt, unrequited love, tyranny and solidarity within a group of adolescents who have placed themselves at the edge of society.
The event is free but booking is essential.
4.15 – 4.30pm – Arrivals and refreshments / glass of wine
4.30 – 4.35pm – Introductions and welcomes
4.35 – 5.35pm – Directing Masterclass for Secondary Drama Teachers led by Roxana Silbert
5.35 – 5.50pm – Planning Network Priorities for 17/18 and setting date for next meeting.
5.50 – 6.00pm – Updates and Opportunities