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Artsmark Gold

Artsmark identifies a school or other setting offering a well planned, quality arts education and that supports the cultural development of all students

Artsmark supports Arts Council England’s goal of ensuring that every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts and culture.

Developing closer ties between education, arts practitioners and arts organisations benefits young people, teaching staff and professional artists. Good working relationships can address the needs and priorities of individuals and groups when built into the curriculum and sustained over a period of time.

The benefits of Artsmark

Artsmark demonstrates that your arts provision is all inclusive for every child and young person. In particular, Artsmark: 

  • provides a comprehensive audit tool, setting benchmarks for evaluating arts provision and enabling you to identity areas for development
  • supports successful and sustainable relationships between education settings and arts and cultural organisations
  • embeds and enriches arts and cultural experiences across your school or setting as a whole
  • allows you to show you are proud of your school or setting’s achievements and are ambitious for the future
  • will help to promote your school or organisation to prospective students, their families and across the wider community
  • is a way of celebrating and recognising your school or setting's success in the arts and culture
  • provides valuable specialist advice about developing and building your arts and cultural provision through the Artsmark network
  • contributes to the cultural aspect of Ofsted’s requirement that a school promotes students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

What the government says about the impact of cultural education

Darren Henley, in his introduction to the review of cultural education in England 2012, said ‘all children can and should benefit from receiving a wide-ranging, adventurous and creative cultural education’. 

Henley’s recommendations include:

  • encouraging Ofsted to comment on each school’s cultural education provision as a specific part of their inspections
  • better partnership links between cultural organisations and education
  • most children and young people should be encouraged to take part in Arts Award
  • the scope of Artsmark should be widened to include all areas of cultural education

The government response to his review welcomed news of the high percentage of teaching schools that hold Artsmark status.