Frequently asked questions

Your questions answered

Artsmark is an award for schools who demonstrate their commitment to embedding arts and cultural provision at the heart of their school.

From registration to submitting your first formal document, your Statement of Commitment, it usually takes two academic terms. From here you have up to two years to develop, deliver and evaluate your provision and submit a Case Study, your second formal document. It takes 10 weeks to process and level both your documents. Your Artsmark Award is valid for two years.

Art is a seen as a broad term that extends across art and culture. Examples may include dance, drama, visual arts, digital media, film, cultural heritage, music.

It is not necessary to cover all artforms within your school’s curriculum, but it is expected that your school strives for a broad offer of high quality arts and cultural experiences for your pupils.

Artsmark was refreshed in 2015. The updated programme is more forward thinking, requiring settings to set specific arts and cultural priorities that align with their school development plans. The Artsmark Journey involves the whole school with the approval and support of the headteacher and chair of governors. The process is much more flexible with less form-filling and there's lots of support available from our network of Bridge organisations

The application fee is £500 and small schools of under 100 pupils are eligible for a reduced fee of £250. This fee gives you access to a network of arts and cultural organisations and like-minded schools, as well as CPD training for two members of staff, ongoing support, advice and resources.

The Self-Assessment tool provides guidance on the criteria for each level.

The Self-Assessment framework will allow you to audit your existing arts and cultural provision and establish how you can develop towards a particular level. Each setting will have its own Artsmark journey to take and the programme is flexible to accommodate this.

Yes, if this is a realistic stretch for your school and you feel it can be achieved within two years, your school may aim for any level.

You will write a Case Study that demonstrates the impact the arts and cultural provision of your school has had on its students. Your Case Study will also clearly show your school's Artsmark journey by providing a sense of the distanced travelled from setting your original objectives in your Statement of Commitment. 

There will be no quantitative data element of the Case Study, but we do expect that you will continue to collate data to be able to demonstrate in your Case Study, the impact of provision on students.

Your Artsmark Award lasts for two years. As the process takes up to two years to complete, we recommend you re-register when you receive your level so you can start working towards your next award. For those who received an Artsmark Award before 2015 and have not re-registered, your award will have expired as the programme was refereshed in 2015.

Schools who achieved Artsmark in R14 and R14 Extended are valid until July 2017. Schools who achieve Artsmark from September 2015 onwards will hold their award for two years from the moment they are awarded a Silver, Gold or Platinum level.

The responsibility of the Artsmark Award should be held by the whole school, with the support and approval of the headteacher and chair of governors.

You can contact the Artsmark team via artsmark@artscouncil.org.uk with initial registration queries. Your regional Bridge organisation are also on hand to provide initial advice and when you register, these Bridge organisations will provide support throughout your whole Artsmark journey. You can find out who your regional Bridge organisation is here

Registration is available on the website. 

Any school, pupil referral unit or special educational needs setting in England may register for Artsmark Award. Youth offending teams may also apply. You can find further information here.

You may register at any time.

Each school must send a member of their SLT and a member of teaching staff to the Development Day.

All documents should be emailed to artsmark@artscouncil.org.uk. The Statement of Commitment must be signed and dated by both the headteacher and chair of governors. The Artsmark team aims to respond within five working days to confirm receipt of your submission.

The levelling panel will meet once a term.

No, but we would expect schools aiming for Platinum level to be offering Arts Award to their pupils.

No. Arts Award is a range of qualifications that support young people up to 25 years to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world. Artsmark awards the whole school for their arts provision. 

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