Coronavirus update

Last updated: 15 January 2021

Throughout the pandemic we’ve been hugely inspired to see Artsmark settings using arts and creativity to support pupil wellbeing and learning so successfully. We encourage settings to maintain this momentum and explore how you can use the Artsmark framework to support as you respond and deliver your plans for recovery.

As always, 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! Our updated FAQs detail more information about how we will continue to support you, however, please find key highlights below.


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.


Programme extensions

In January 2021, we granted an additional 9-month extension on Statement of Impact deadlines for all settings who have submitted their Statement of Commitment. Please see our FAQs for more details.


Stay up to date with the latest guidance

We understand that schools continue to face challenges, keep up to date with the latest government guidance about how you can continue to deliver arts and cultural education here.


We’re here to support you

At Artsmark we have a wide range of support available which we’ve outlined below.

  • As always, your first point of contact is your local Bridge Organisation, who are on hand to offer practical support.
  • Our Completing your Statement of Impact resource now offers additional guidance on how to complete this document recognising the impact Covid-19 may have had on your journey.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for an update to our Statement of Commitment resource in February.
  • Since September we’ve been sharing lots of inspiration from Artsmark settings about how they’ve continued to deliver Artsmark during the pandemic in our Artsmark in action series. Packed full of top tips, these might help you reframe how you can document your journey in your Statement of Impact.
  • Check out our Artsmark Support Video for more details about how we’ve adapted our support for teachers.


Digital resources

We understand that teachers continue to face huge challenges in light of the pandemic, so we’ve pulled together some helpful resources below.

  • NSEAD (National Society for Education in Art and Design) have a variety of resources for home learning you can find here
  • Music Mark have collated some fantastic home learning resources to support you in continuing your music education. 
  • One Dance UK have also collated a series of online resources, videos and task ideas that can be used to support home learning in dance for all ages.
  • National Theatre’s Learn at home initiative includes lots of useful resources for teachers, parents and carers whilst home learning.
  • Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) have a selection of resources to support teachers and inspire pupils – check it out!
  • Leeds Museums and Galleries recently produced a fantastic, free resource jam-packed with creative activities for teachers, parents and carers to use during home learning.
  • Culture Bridge North East have produced a brilliant compendium of creative learning resources for home, blended and in-classroom learning.
  • A New Direction have created a Reset Recovery Curriculum resource, designed to support teachers to use the creative arts to address the impact of the pandemic on your students’ lives and learning.
  • Lastly, look after yourself with our Wellbeing Toolkit with links to support teacher’s mental health and some stress-busting creative activities.



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