Coronavirus update

Last updated: Tuesday 16 June 2020

Arts and creativity have been a lifeline in lockdown. Artsmark can support you to maintain and build your school’s commitment to creativity, which is needed now more than ever.

We’ve seen how you’ve used arts and creativity to support your pupils’ wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic, which is why, as you begin to navigate returning to school, we’re re-opening registrations. We hope that all settings can use Artsmark’s flexible framework to embed arts and creativity across the curriculum, allowing you to continue to put children and young people’s wellbeing at the heart of your school.

We’ve updated our FAQs with more detail about re-opening of registrations. Please do read these and get in contact with us if your query isn’t answered or you need further support.

As settings look to welcome pupils back, we’d like to reiterate our support for schools. We know this will be another challenge, and we will do all we can to make sure Artsmark supports you in this journey and helps you keep pupils’ wellbeing central as we navigate this next step.

For those not back in school yet, we’ve listed several fantastic free, online resources for teachers, parents and carers to stay creative at home. For more ideas be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook where we share our favourites!


Resources to stay creative in lockdown

  • Arts Council England are supporting BBC Learning to deliver daily lessons for Year 1 through to Year 10. Lessons have been created with teachers and educational experts and include English, Maths and Science alongside Wellbeing, Music and Art and Design. With 150 new lessons each week it’s a great resource for both parents and teachers alike. Visit BBC Bitesize to discover more.


  • Tate Kids is jam-packed with creative ideas and educational resources – all free to download and explore. There’s even an online gallery you can submit your work to for any budding Picasso’s out there!


  • UK based charity, Mindfulness in Schools, are hosting daily drop in mindfulness sessions for children and adults to help us take a daily pause and look after our mental health.


  • One of our Artsmark Partners, Crafts Council, have created Craft for Home School, a series of hands-on making activities for Early Years up to Key Stage 5. The activities require minimal resources to keep children and young people making at home whatever their circumstances. They also have fantastic resources for teachers to support their efforts to teach Art and Design at a distance.


  • Lastly, authors, Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts, have created Coronavirus: a book for children, a free, downloadable picture book to help adults explain coronavirus and the actions being taken to help slow the spread. A great resource for younger children who are struggling to understand what’s happening.



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