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 update

Artsmark processes, resources and timescales may have slightly altered. Read more about the changes to Artsmark due to COVID-19.

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.

About Artsmark

Artsmark is a framework for teachers and school leaders to embed arts and cultural education across the whole curriculum. It is a national community of education settings who champion arts and culture. Artsmark provides:

  • Professional support, advice and resources to strengthen your school's arts provision
  • Training, guidance and introductions to other settings and leading cultural organisations within Essex, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and North Kent
  • Evidence for Ofsted's spiritual, moral, social, cultural requirements
  • Access to practical teaching resources and our Artsmark Partners
The Artsmark Award

The Artsmark Award is the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings accredited by Arts Council England. Artsmark is awarded at three levels: Silver, Gold and Platinum.

Check if your school is eligible

Artsmark is open to all primary, secondary and special needs schools, pupil referral units, youth offending teams and sixth form colleges.

Artsmark is an Arts Council England programme, which means only settings in England (including BFPO schools) are eligible to register.

How Artsmark works

Artsmark is flexible to the needs of individual settings and can fit around your planning cycles. Most settings take up to two years to complete their Artsmark journey.

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 for the Artsmark Award 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 (.docx, 75 KB). 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 (.docx, 78 KB)
  6. Receive your Artsmark Award
  7. Re-register for your next Artsmark Award
Artsmark cost

The Artsmark fee is £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.

Find a local Artsmark partner

Download the full list of Artsmark Partners (.xlsx spreadsheet, 139 KB) last updated in April 2021.