Case Studies

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For arts initiatives to thrive in school, senior staff must take the lead - from selling the vision to freeing up funding. If schools want to deliver strong arts and culture provision then senior leaders and governors have a crucial role to play.

Photo © Mehul Patel / James Brindley Academy

Tes speak to our Artsmark schools about how and why developing a strong arts offer is so important

North Durham Academy

Laura Dreyer, Head of Faculty Sport, Art & Performance for North Durham Academy talks to us about how they are using the Arts to address Ofsted's requirements and to tackle mental health concerns.

Ian Wallman Photography

A case study about the partnership between Oxford University Gardens Libraries and Museums (GLAM) and the Iffley Academy with a focus on how creative engagement with buildings and place, can affect outcomes for teachers.

Working with local arts organisations helps schools to inspire their pupils with memorable cultural experiences

One primary school explains how it used the arts to engage pupils in LGBT issues and get them talking about diversity

One director of STEAM explains how the introduction of a STEAM-based curriculum has built creative and connected learning experiences

Schools are cutting back on the arts to focus on EBacc subjects, but the benefits for employability are significant

Take an artful approach to engaging students (sponsored)

Putting creativity at the heart of a school is challenging - here one trust explains how it successfully embedded the arts

This Artsmark Celebration Week, Dame Reena Keeble tells us why arts and culture are essential parts of a child’s education

Two schools explain why Artsmark is not an end in itself, but a long-term commitment, a spur to further action and just the start of their arts journey

Emma Marshall, Deputy Principal of Havelock Academy, explains why they are in it for the long run!

One primary teacher and former cultural education consultant shares her tips on raising funds for school arts activities

A deputy head explains how incorporating drama techniques into a drive to boost reading has inspired teachers and contributed to raised attainment

By placing creativity and cultural experience at the heart of learning, one head explains how his failing school achieved outstanding outcomes in just a few years

One of Portsmouth’s youngest school governors, aged just 21, talks about why he became a school governor and the important role arts and culture play in children’s education

Promoting the arts in school benefits the whole curriculum – pupils grow in confidence and perform better across the board, writes the principal of an Artsmark Platinum Award school

If schools put arts at the heart of their curriculum, they don't need to be near towns and cities to offer amazing cultural enrichment, writes the head of an Artsmark Silver Award school

Putting our students with SEND at the forefront of collaborative arts projects has had a huge impact on their learning


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