Artsmark is the creative quality standard for education settings, accredited by Arts Council England. It is a powerful curriculum review and support tool, designed to help ensure that arts and creativity are at the heart of a broad and balanced learning experience for young people.

Artsmark – Bringing arts and culture into the heart of the curriculum

We believe every child should have the opportunity to create, compose, and perform, as well as to visit, experience, participate in and review extraordinary work.

Artsmark can help unlock the potential of children and young people, help to develop character and talent, and increase their knowledge and understanding as part of a broad and balanced education.

At a time when the importance of the quality of education is being stressed and the richness of young people’s learning experience promoted, Artsmark provides a powerful framework for education settings to both review and re-shape their curriculum offer.

Redesigned and relaunched in 2015 by Arts Council England, Artsmark helps schools deliver a high standard of arts and cultural learning. It provides an excellent way to evidence the quality of education, its intent, implementation and impact.

Across the country Artsmark is rewarding more and more schools for championing arts and culture. Any school, college or youth justice setting can apply. Artsmark schools gain access to exceptional resources as well as networks of the country’s most treasured cultural organisations, helping them develop and strengthen their arts provision.

The Artsmark journey really helped us focus on the arts and their value in our curriculum. It made us reassess what we were doing and why. It also helped us to re-focus on what is important to the children and their parents.

Richard Stead

Headteacher, Milverton Community Primary School

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Why Artsmark?

  • Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools and education settings, accredited by Arts Council England.
  • Culture and creativity increases pupils’ confidence, critical thinking, communication and literacy skills, improving attainment and bringing core subjects to life.
  • Artsmark provides a clear framework for teachers to plan, develop and evaluate arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum.
  • Schools are supported throughout their Artsmark journey by a network of local partners, providing training, advice, practical teaching resources and introductions to leading cultural organisations in your area.
  • Schools are awarded Silver, Gold or Platinum, based on their achievements. Any school setting can apply.
  • Artsmark provides evidence of how a school meets its quality of education and spiritual, moral, social and cultural requirements for Ofsted.

You can find out more about how Artsmark works here and register here. For more information email the RIO Artsmark team at artsmarkhelp@realideas.org. Artsmark supports Arts Award which recognises the creative development of individual young people.

How Artsmark Works?

Artsmark has a common sense application process that is light on paperwork and flexible to how each school is run. It costs £500 (£250 for schools with fewer than 100 pupils). The fee includes the Development Day induction training for two members of staff and ongoing support from us. Find out more about how Artsmark works.

Any educational setting can apply for Artsmark. Find out more about who can apply and which settings Artsmark is not applicable to.

Artsmark Partnership Programme

The Artsmark Partnership Programme is an Arts Council England endorsed network of arts and cultural organisations that can support education settings on their Artsmark journey to embed arts and culture across the curriculum.

Each Artsmark Partner will have their own offers for schools and education settings that may include Continued Professional Development opportunities for staff, digital resources or workshops linked to the curriculum for students, as well as visits to exhibitions and performances. Some of these offers may be one off, stand-alone sessions, others may be part of a longer-term project. Artsmark Partners will also be able to signpost settings to other arts and cultural organisations that could add value to their Artsmark journey.

Are you an arts and cultural organisation that can offer Artsmark Schools opportunities to enhance their provision? Joining is free! Click here to find out more about the programme and to see if there are any upcoming briefing sessions you can book onto. If not, just email us at artsmarkhelp@realideas.org and we will let you know when one is created.

We are very happy to help you work towards the Artsmark goals and objectives in your Statement of Commitment and develop and strengthen your arts provision. Christina Parker

Head of Learning, The Holburne Museum

“Experiencing and understanding culture is integral to education… Artsmark, which is supported by the government, recognises excellent arts provision in schools.” The Culture White Paper

Department of Culture, Media and Sport | March 2016

Templates & Documents

If you’re on your Artsmark journey and need to download a template, or just want to check if the template your using is up to date, you can grab the latest templates here:

Statement of Commitment
Case Study
Self-Assessment Framework

Digital Artsmark Booklet

Get in touch with our Artsmark team

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