Awarding

Schools are awarded Silver, Gold or Platinum Artsmark, based on their achievements.

Each school must submit a Statement of Commitment and a Case Study which will be assessed by the Artsmark Levelling Panel using the Artsmark Self-Assessment criteria.

From January 2019, you can submit your Case Study at any time that suits you. 

You will be awarded no later than the end of the next academic term after submitting your Case Study.

You do not need to rush to submit your Case Study, you have two years after submitting your Statement of Commitment before your Case Study is due. If you are nearing your two year deadline you should speak to your regional Bridge organisation for support with writing your Case Study and submit your final document to artsmark@artscouncil.org.uk.

Artsmark assessors evaluate school submissions. They read both the Statement of Commitment and Case Study to award an Artsmark level based on:

  • the distance travelled with regards to arts and cultural provision between both documents
  • evidence of the impact Artsmark has had
  • the objectives and goals that have been achieved, not ones that are yet to be completed

Schools will be informed of the outcome of their submissions by the end of the following academic term. An Artsmark Award is valid for two years, to maintain Artsmark status you should re-register before it expires and start working towards your next award.

See which schools in your area are on their Artsmark journey.

Take a look at who our Artsmark assessors are:

Dame Reena Keeble DBE, EdD 
Reena is a retired primary Head Teacher with 22 years’ experience. She has a proven track record in leading an outstanding school and offering school to school support, coaching future leaders, curriculum design and pedagogy. Until her retirement Reena was a National Leader of Education (NLE) and her school was designated as a National Support School. Reena has also acted as an Executive Head Teacher and was awarded a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management in 2007. In 2011, she was appointed as a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) for her services to education. For five years Reena chaired the Primary Headteachers’ Reference Group at the Department for Education and she has worked on developing policy at both local and national levels.

Dr. David Parker
As a freelance consultant, David specialises in research and evaluation in the arts and education sectors. With a longstanding interest in education programmes that are designed to unlock the creative potential of young people, David has contributed to a range of studies that seek to explore new methods of measuring and valuing creative development in schools. From 2012-2014, David was the Director of Research for the sector skills council Creative and Cultural Skills. In the earlier years of his career, David was the Head of Research at the British Film Institute. David is presently a member of the Cultural Learning Alliance and an associate of the Royal Society of Arts.

Sam Cairns
Sam Cairns has worked in the culture sector for 15 years - starting in museum education and expanding into libraries, archives and then the arts. She worked for the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, and in education roles at Imperial War Museums and the Wellcome Trust. Sam has managed the Cultural Learning Alliance with Lizzie Crump since 2011. She led the development of the Cultural Learning Alliance’s Key Research Findings: case for cultural learning, the consultation report on Arts GCSEs published in 2014 and the 2016 response to the Teaching School Council’s review of Effective Primary Teaching Practice. She is a primary school governor and chair of her local community forum.

Kevin Jones
Kevin Jones is a retired Head Teacher, with 26 years’ experience leading a Choir school awarded national Best Prep School and Best Prep School Head, prior to which he was Head of English & Drama and Deputy Head at the Yehudi Menuhin School, an international school for gifted musicians. He was the founding Chair of the Children’s University Trust. Kevin is a ‘Leading Thinker’ for the National Education Trust. He is on the steering groups of the Cultural Learning Alliance and of the My Cambridge cultural education partnership, the advisory boards for the Artsmark Award and the Institute of Imagination, is a trustee of Mind with Heart, and is an adviser to Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination.

Claire Toogood
Claire joined the Arts Council in 2010 as the regional lead for learning and skills in the South East. She currently works out of the Brighton Office as Relationship Manager, Children, Young People & Learning, and has enjoyed former roles as the national lead for the Artsmark programme and the Sorrel Foundation’s cultural education programme Saturday Art & Design Clubs. Claire’s responsibilities at Arts Council include working with the South East Bridge organisation, Artswork and supporting area investment in Arts Council’s Goal 5 work. Originally trained as a visual artist, Claire has worked in the cultural sector for 17 years in a variety of museum and gallery education roles, supporting and leading programmes at Tate, The Building Exploratory and Slough Museum. Claire is a Parent Governor at The Greville Primary School in Surrey.

Juliette Westwood
Juliette is a serving Executive Head Teacher of two primary schools, with 25 years’ experience in the education sector. She has a proven track record in leading an outstanding school and is a National Leader of Education (NLE). Her school is a designated National Support School (NSS), and offers school-to-school support, working in partnership with school leaders and teaching staff to improve outcomes for pupils. Juliette has worked with schools as an Artsmark Critical Friend to support them in gaining the award since May 2015.

Kate Fellows
Stories. Our world is built on them: from overheard conversations on the bus, to family histories and bedtime books. Kate’s mission in life is to explore people’s stories. She has worked in museums for over 15 years for a range of organisations from the National Trust, to Harewood House and IWM North, and is currently the Lifelong Learning Manager for Leeds Museums and Galleries. She was the 2010-11 Learning Fellow on the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme.

Samantha Martin
Samantha joined the Arts Council in 2016 as Relationship Manager, Children, Young People & Learning and works out of the Cambridge office, as part of the South East team. Sam works with a range of cultural organisations that contribute to the delivery of the Cultural Education Challenge as part of Arts Council’s Goal 5 work; including Royal Opera House Bridge, Music Education Hubs and National Portfolio Organisations. A trained musician and passionate advocate for cultural learning, Sam studied Music and Spanish at the University of Birmingham and was part of the Extend Leadership programme run by Engage in 2015-16. She has worked in the cultural sector for 9 years, including as Head of Concerts and Education with professional period instrument orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music and sitting on the board of the Cambridgeshire Music Education Hub. Sam regularly performs with ensembles in Cambridge and London.

Tim Rogers MA MBA
Tim is presently Head of Lancashire Music Service, the Lead Partner for Lancashire Music Education Hub. He was formally a professional musician serving with Her Majesty’s Forces, as principle euphonium player with the Royal Artillery Band, Woolwich. Tim was a pioneer of whole class instrumental music tuition, which has helped thousands of young people access tuition within school. He holds a Masters’ Degrees in Psychology of Music Education and worked for the Associated Board of Royal School of Music delivering teacher training courses across the country. Tim also holds a Masters Degree in Business and has supported colleagues in both the public and private sector to successfully develop their business models. He sits on the Arts Council England, Hub Quality Assurance Board, Cultural Education Board and has provided advise on music education at both a regional and national level. 

 

 

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