About Artsmark

Artsmark is a school improvement framework and quality standard for teachers and school leaders to embed arts and cultural education across the whole curriculum. It supports a national community of education settings who champion arts and culture. Artsmark provides:

  • Professional support, advice and resources to strengthen your school's arts provision 
  • Training, guidance and introductions to other settings and leading cultural organisations within Essex, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and North Kent   
  • Evidence for Ofsted's cultural capital and SMSC requirements 
  • Access to practical teaching resources and our Artsmark Partners
The Artsmark Award

The Artsmark Award is the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings accredited by Arts Council England. Artsmark is awarded at three levels: Silver, Gold and Platinum.

Artsmark benefits 
  • Support the health and wellbeing of pupils with arts, culture and creativity 
  • Ensure every young person can be creative and access a diverse, high-quality cultural education 
  • Engage, motivate and upskill teaching staff using Artsmark’s CPD and whole school collaboration 
  • Access professional support, advice and resources to strengthen your arts provision 
How Artsmark works 

Artsmark is flexible to the needs of individual settings and can fit around your planning cycles. Settings take up to two years to complete their Artsmark journey.

Check if your school is eligible

Artsmark is open to all primary, secondary and special needs schools, pupil referral units, youth offending teams and sixth form colleges.

Artsmark is an Arts Council England programme, which means only settings in England (including BFPO schools) are eligible to register.

Artsmark cost

The Artsmark fee is £500 (£250 for small settings with under 100 pupils).

Resources pack

Registered to attend our next Development Day? Download our resources pack.

Find a local Artsmark partner

Download the full list of Artsmark Partners (.xlsx spreadsheet, 139 KB) last updated in April 2021. 

Apply for Artsmark

Follow the stages below with the help and support of our dedicated School Engagement Managers, who facilitate and deliver development training, one-to-one consultations and access to additional Artsmark resources to enable you to successfully achieve your Artsmark award.  

  1. Register for the Artsmark Award online and complete the Artsmark Self-Assessment, giving a general sense of your start point in terms of arts capacity and quality of provision 
  2. Two members of staff attend development training (including a member of SLT or a Governor) 
  3. Write and submit a Statement of Commitment (.docx, 75 KB). This will be your key arts planning document and will tie arts provision to overarching aims in the School's strategy.  
  4. Deliver, develop and evaluate your goals 
  5. Write and submit a Statement of Impact (.docx, 78 KB)
  6. Receive your Artsmark Award
  7. Re-register for your next Artsmark Award

Come and join our growing network of educational settings championing arts, culture and creativity.  

Get in contact with us today by emailing the Artsmark team and sign up to our Newsletter.

Find out more about Artsmark on the Artsmark website.

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