The Artsmark award provides evidence of how a school is meeting its social, moral, cultural and spiritual requirements for Ofsted

The Artsmark award has been redesigned by schools, for schools to make it more relevant and straight forward and to reflect the changing educational landscape. Artsmark therefore ties in seamlessly with the new Ofsted framework, providing robust evidence of how a school is meeting its Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural requirements.


The Henley Review

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.

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 vital 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 childhood.

Artsmark Award does brilliant work in schools and education to ensure young people access a broad and balanced curriculum that includes high-quality arts and culture.

Michael Ellis MP
Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism
Department of Culture, Media and Sport