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Now in its fifteenth year, the Artsmark award has helped the Arts Council and schools to ensure all children and young people have access to high quality arts and culture and reach the Arts Council goal of Great art and culture for everyone

Following changes to the educational landscape and as evidence of the impact of high quality cultural education grows, the Arts Council is working with school leaders and specialist art teachers to update and refresh Artsmark. 

From September 2015, Artsmark will encourage and support schools to celebrate the strengths in their arts and culture provision, and to celebrate the impact of their arts and culture activities on their students, school and community.

The new award is designed by schools, for schools and will support deeper connections with schools’ own strategies, align with school curriculum and planning cycles.   Through the new Artsmark, all participating schools will develop a Statement of Commitment to arts and culture that connects to the broader curriculum and help provide evidence for Ofsted.

Bridge organisations will help to test the new Artsmark in a hundred schools across England this summer and an evaluation of the findings will influence the final design of the award.

If you would like to be kept up to date on Artsmark developments, please email and we will add you to our mailing list.

Schools who received their Artsmark status in Spring / Summer 2012 will have their award extended for a year so that they can reapply from September 2015.

We are excited by this major development and are confident that the new Artsmark designed by and for schools and teachers, will ensure a rich and high quality arts and cultural offer within schools, meaning that many more young people can experience the best arts and cultural experiences.