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194 education settings in the south west receive Artsmark Awards

  • Date: 1 June 2012
  • Area: South West
Cockwood Primary School

Artsmark Gold was awarded to Cockwood Primary School. Credit: Kevin Clifford

194 schools and other educations settings in the south west region are amongst the 1580 across England which have been successful in achieving an Artsmark award.

Sculpture workshops, Shakespeare productions, African dancing and Olympic banner making are amongst the activities which have helped the schools to secure the awards.

Artsmark is the national programme that enables schools, further education colleges and youth justice settings to celebrate, strengthen and evaluate the arts activities they provide. The award supports and encourages formal education institutions to deliver rich and high quality provision.

By achieving Artsmark, a school or education setting shows its commitment to providing a high quality arts and cultural offer for children and young people.

This is the first application round since the programme was re-launched to include further education colleges and youth justice settings, with the award now also having a greater focus on the quality of arts provision as well as the quantity.

This renewed emphasis on quality arts provision has been developed to support Arts Council England in achieving its 10 year goal of ensuring that every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts.

The latest round of applications reflected the wider range of settings that can apply, with 70 per cent of Founder FE colleges taking advantage of their new eligibility for the programme by applying for Artsmark status.