What is Artsmark?

Developed by Arts Council England, Artsmark is a national award that recognises schools’ achievements in the arts and the quality of its creative and cultural provision. It is awarded at three levels – Silver, Gold and Platinum.

Artsmark offers a rigorous process and high quality resources to support ambitious school improvement. An artsmark award provides strong evidence of how a school is meeting its social, moral, cultural and spiritual requirements.

3082 schools in England are on their Artsmark journey

If you would like to find out more about arts organisations in the region that may be interested in working with your school as part of your Artsmark journey, you can find the information here.

Why should my school apply for Artsmark?

Artsmark participation has many benefits for schools. The scheme was designed with schools to ensure it would work for them. Participation benefits include:

  • Enrichment, development and strengthening of a school’s arts and culture provision
  • Recognition for your school’s achievements in arts and culture
  • The production of evidence of how a school is meeting its social, moral, cultural and spiritual requirements for Ofsted
  • Students and pupils can build their confidence, resilience and drive through participation. Arts and culture can unlock potential in helping children and young people to develop character, talent, knowledge and understanding

Watch the film below to find out more about Artsmark and hear what teachers from Artsmark-awarded schools in the West Midlands have to say about their experience.

Why Artsmark?

How does Artsmark work?

Firstly, you should visit www.artsmark.org.uk  to find out more about Artsmark and how your school can benefit.

If you decide to apply for Artsmark, you can expect to go through these steps:

  1. Register your school at www.artsmark.org.uk
  2. Attend a Development Day with us at Arts Connect, we then have a range of support options that are free of charge and can be accessed once you have attended a Development Day.
  3. Submit a Statement of Commitment outlining your school’s focus for improvement
  4. Develop your arts provision
  5. When ready, submit a Case Study outlining the quality and impact of arts provision in your school
  6. Be awarded with Artsmark at Silver, Gold or Platinum level

Who can apply and how much does it cost?

Artsmark is open to all primary, secondary, independent and special schools in England, as well as pupil referral units. It is not currently open to schools outside of England (unless they are BFPO schools) or early year settings unless they are attached to a school with Key Stage 1 pupils.

The basic package fee is £500. Find out more here.

If you are thinking about signing your West Midlands-based school up for Artsmark, please contact Arts Connect’s Artsmark specialist, Helen Frost, for a friendly chat and advice or support around your application. Email Helen or call her on 0121 446 3204.

Are you already on your Artsmark journey and would like some support?

We have a range of support options that are free of charge and can be accessed once a school has attended a Development Day.

One to one Statement of Commitment support 

Have you completed writing your Statement of Commitment, and would like to receive feedback on it before you submit it? Then email it to us and one of our Artsmark experts will give you personalised feedback to get the most from your Artsmark application.

Statement of Commitment Refresher

Have you had a change of staff, or perhaps it has been a long time since you attended the Development Day, and you are feeling unsure about writing the Statement of Commitment? We recommend attending this two hour workshop which will refresh you on the process of Artsmark and answer any queries you have. Find upcoming Statement of Commitment refresher sessions here.

Evaluating Impact Session 

Have you submitted your Statement of Commitment recently, and are now thinking about how you will put your Artsmark plans into place? This two hour workshop designed to happen in the couple of months after submitting your SoC will look at the actions that you have identified. You will be asked to think about the impact and outcomes you are hoping to see from these interventions and given the resources to create an action plan and timeline to take you through to submission of your Case Study. Find upcoming Evaluating Impact sessions here. 

Case Study Support Session

Has it been a long time since you submitted your Statement of Commitment and you have lost your way with writing your Case Study? This two hour peer learning session will give you the opportunity to: speak with other schools about how their Artsmark journey has developed, explore areas you are unsure of in your Case Study draft and make sure you have illustrated how you have met the Quality Principles. Find upcoming Case Study Support sessions here.

One to one Case Study support

Have you completed writing your Case Study, and would like to receive feedback on it before you submit? Then email us and we will get one of our Artsmark experts to read over it and give you personalised feedback to get the most from your Artsmark application.

Find out who is on their journey near you:

Artsmark School List 2017

 

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Artsmark Partnership Programme 
The Artsmark Partnership Programme is an Arts Council England endorsed network of organisations, supporting Artsmark registered schools and other educational establishments on their journey to embed arts and culture across the curriculum. Become an Artsmark Partner by attending one of our Artsmark Partnership Programme briefings. 
FAQ
We have produced answers to some frequently asked questions about Artsmark.
Find out more 
Read more about our work regarding the Artsmark award here or, speak to us directly email Helen Frost
Read the Artsmark brochure here. 
Visit the Artsmark website