Woodlands Academy perform choreography from ‘Keeping Dance Alive’ initiative’ © Rachel Cherry 2013
Woodlands Academy perform choreography from ‘Keeping Dance Alive’ initiative’ © Rachel Cherry 2013


COVID 19 – During this unprecedented time, Artsmark processes, resources and timescales may have slightly altered. You will find these changes here.

Some of these changes include temporary closures of new registrations and re-registrations to Artsmark. A nine-month extension to the Artsmark journey is in place for all settings that submitted a Statement of Commitment. For awarded settings, whose Artsmark award is due to expire before December 2020, we are extending your current award to 1 January 2021.

What is Artsmark?

A framework for teachers and school leaders to embed arts and cultural education across the whole curriculum. The only creative quality standard for schools and education settings, accredited by Arts Council England.

Artsmark supports settings to develop and celebrate their commitment to arts and cultural education.

Why Artsmark?
  • A clear and flexible framework for the whole curriculum which can address school improvement priorities.
  • Provides professional support, advice and resources to strengthen your arts provision.
  • Training, guidance and introductions to other settings and leading cultural organisations within Essex, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and North Kent.
  • Supports settings to evidence Ofsted spiritual, moral, social, cultural requirements.
  • Join a national community of education settings who champion arts and culture.
  • Access to practical teaching resources and our Artsmark Partners.
  • You’ll receive one of three award levels: Silver, Gold or Platinum.
Who can utilise Artsmark?

All primary, secondary and special needs schools, pupil referral units, youth offending teams and sixth form colleges.

How Artsmark works

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

  1. Register 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 a Development Day (including a member of SLT).
  3. Write and submit a Statement of Commitment.  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.
  6. Receive your Artsmark Award.
  7. Re-register for your next Artsmark journey.

Most settings take up to two years to complete their Artsmark journey, with a cost to achieve the Artsmark award status of £500 (£250 for small settings with under 100 pupils).

Start your Artsmark journey

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

Get in contact with us today by emailing Bridge@roh.org.uk and sign up to our Newsletter.

Find out more about Artsmark on the Artsmark website.

Resources pack

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