Coronavirus update

Last updated: 11 November 2020

We understand that Covid-19 has brought about extraordinary change for teachers and we appreciate that the next academic year brings new challenges of its own.

We want to reassure you that we’re here to support you in delivering excellent arts and cultural education across the curriculum – whatever comes your way!

 

Registrations are open!

We’ve seen how settings have used arts and creativity to support pupils’ wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic, which is why our registrations remain open. We hope that all settings can use Artsmark’s flexible framework to embed arts and creativity across the curriculum, allowing you to continue to put children and young people’s wellbeing at the heart of your school.

We’ve updated our FAQs with more detail about new registrations. Please do read these and get in contact with us if your query isn’t answered or you need further support.

 

Our extensions

At the beginning of the pandemic we offered a range of extensions to settings, we want to reassure you that whilst our registrations have re-opened, all our extensions are still valid. If you have questions about when your documentation is due, please contact artsmark@artscouncil.org.uk.

 

Stay up to date with the latest guidance

We’re so pleased that the Department for Education has recognised the importance of arts education and have confirmed it can continue in schools during new national restrictions. Make sure to check out the latest guidance about how to ensure your arts provision is safe for students, so you can continue learning! 

 

We’re here to support you

To keep you up to speed about how we can support you, we’ve created our Artsmark Support Video, which we will be releasing in September. This details information about how we’ve adapted our support for teachers including online Development days, 1-2-1 support sessions with our brilliant bridge organisations and a whole host of online resources. Get in touch with your local bridge organisation to find out more about the support on offer.

As settings look to welcome pupils back, we’d like to reiterate our support for schools. We know this will be another challenge, and we will do all we can to make sure Artsmark supports you in this journey and helps you to keep pupils’ wellbeing and creativity at the heart of your curriculum.

 

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