Case Studies

Working with local arts organisations helps schools to inspire their pupils with memorable cultural experiences

One primary school explains how it used the arts to engage pupils in LGBT issues and get them talking about diversity

One director of STEAM explains how the introduction of a STEAM-based curriculum has built creative and connected learning experiences

Schools are cutting back on the arts to focus on EBacc subjects, but the benefits for employability are significant

Take an artful approach to engaging students (sponsored)

Putting creativity at the heart of a school is challenging - here one trust explains how it successfully embedded the arts

This Artsmark Celebration Week, Dame Reena Keeble tells us why arts and culture are essential parts of a child’s education

Two schools explain why Artsmark is not an end in itself, but a long-term commitment, a spur to further action and just the start of their arts journey

Emma Marshall, Deputy Principal of Havelock Academy, explains why they are in it for the long run!

One primary teacher and former cultural education consultant shares her tips on raising funds for school arts activities

A deputy head explains how incorporating drama techniques into a drive to boost reading has inspired teachers and contributed to raised attainment

By placing creativity and cultural experience at the heart of learning, one head explains how his failing school achieved outstanding outcomes in just a few years

One of Portsmouth’s youngest school governors, aged just 21, talks about why he became a school governor and the important role arts and culture play in children’s education

Promoting the arts in school benefits the whole curriculum – pupils grow in confidence and perform better across the board, writes the principal of an Artsmark Platinum Award school

If schools put arts at the heart of their curriculum, they don't need to be near towns and cities to offer amazing cultural enrichment, writes the head of an Artsmark Silver Award school

Putting our students with SEND at the forefront of collaborative arts projects has had a huge impact on their learning

Arts Council England's Artsmark scheme is enabling schools to embrace the arts as a means of helping pupils to express themselves and interact more closely with their peers

In 2017, Strike Lane Primary in Preston embarked on its Artsmark journey and began working with Lancashire Music Hub to enhance cultural opportunities for its pupils. Clare Scott and Rachel Harding, both key stage music leaders at at the school, explain how their local hub supported them

Arts education doesn't have to be confined to only art, music and drama, says this arts director – there's room for it across the whole curriculum

A journey to become Artsmark accredited led this PRU to offer more arts-based education, resulting in a broader education for its students


Cultural education gives children and young people the opportunity to develop their creativity, both individually and collectively, and that's why our goal is for every child and young person to have the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts.

Darren Henley
Chief Executive
Arts Council England

It's vital that children have the opportunity to learn and enjoy arts and culture from an early age. It develops their creativity, inspires future careers and enriches their childhood.

Artsmark Award does brilliant work in schools and education to ensure young people access a broad and balanced curriculum that includes high-quality arts and culture.

Michael Ellis MP
Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism
Department of Culture, Media and Sport