Artsmark is enabling schools to embrace the arts as a means of helping pupils to express themselves and interact more closely with their peers.
When Mandy Barrett joined Gomersal Primary School in West Yorkshire four years ago, the specialist art teacher inherited a huge art room and a headteacher who wanted to make the most of it.
"It’s a very relaxed space," says Barrett, describing the room. "The work that children do in here isn’t marked, so there are no judgements and there is no criticism. It’s a place they can come to and just be themselves."