One million children across England have benefitted from access to arts and culture through Artsmark

Since re-launching in October 2015, Artsmark has now reached one million pupils through over 2,500 schools across England.

Artsmark is the Arts Council’s flagship award for schools. Re-launched in 2015 with a simplified structure, Artsmark champions arts and culture in a growing network of schools across England. The award supports teachers to plan, develop and evaluate high quality arts and cultural education within a broad and balanced curriculum. 

Arts and culture have been shown to build confidence, resilience and drive that helps children grow into happy, articulate and succesful young people. Through the award, schools can also provide evidence for how they meet the spiritual, moral, social and cultural requirements for Ofsted.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England said: “This is fantastic news to start the new year with. Through the creative use of arts and culture, Artsmark is bringing learning to life for one million pupils all over England, right across the curriculum. We look forward to supporting even more schools in 2017, and watching the benefits of art and culture positively impact on children’s development.”

Appledore School in Devon has recently been awarded Artsmark Gold. Their Arts Coordinator, Kate Harvey, commented: “Our Artsmark journey has surpassed our expectations. Staff morale is high, we feel colleagues are on board more than ever before. The Arts ‘buzz’ has been infectious. Children, parents and members of the community are excited by all things arts.”

To join the growing network of schools championing arts and culture, register here.

published date: 
Wednesday, 25 January 2017


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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 so important 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 childhoods.

Artsmark does fantastic work in school across the country, bringing high quality arts and culture into the classroom.

Matt Hancock
Minister of State for Digital and Culture
Department for Culture, Media and Sport