Artsmark_Logo_Lockup_Blue_RGBDesigned by schools for schools, Artsmark is the Arts Council’s creative quality standard. Achieving an Artsmark demonstrates that a school delivers an exemplary arts & cultural education.

More than though, it also works as a framework to embed arts and culture in your whole school improvement plan with support from us, the Arts Council and various Artsmark Partners to help you enrich, develop and strengthen your school’s arts and culture provision.


We live in a time where schools are increasingly pressured to focus their curriculum tightly on literacy and numeracy to the exclusion of nearly everything else. Teacher’s workload, budgets and the expectations of Ofsted have all contributed to a decline in the time spent on, and the quality of, arts & cultural education.

Yet the value of the arts and the benefits to pupils is well understood with plenty of evidence to support how necessary it is for every young person to get to experience the arts at school.

Arts & culture helps:

And, of course, they’re fun! And having fun at school helps to build a life-long passion for learning.

If you need more evidence we’ve made this poster which shows “10 Reasons Why Arts and Culture Make A Difference to Young People’s Lives.”

The statements in this document have been drawn together from a variety of sources including academic research, sector specific publications and government reports.


One of the key benefits of Artsmark is the way it supports the development of a broad and balanced curriculum. You choose the focus of your Artsmark journey based on your school’s needs and priorities.

Specific other benefits include:

And for schools that are already providing great arts & cultural experiences, it provides some tools to help them do it even better. Key to Artsmark is a method for reviewing, planning and improving on what schools already do. Also, Artsmark comes in 3 levels, Silver, Gold and Platinum, so there is motivation to improve further even once you’ve achieved an Artsmark.

An Artsmark Platinum signifies that a school is providing the best possible arts & cultural provision that a young person can hope to experience.

And considering how beneficial the arts are for young people, you have to ask, if your school isn’t an Artsmark school, what are the pupil’s missing out on?


For 5 years IVE has been working with schools across Yorkshire & Humber to achieve their Artsmark award. In that time, we’ve gathered plenty of stories of what different schools saw as the positive impact of the Artsmark.

Gaudi Inspired Art at Bridgeview WhitehouseBridgeview Whitehouse uses Artsmark to put the arts at the centre of everything they do and as a result have seen improvements in engagement behaviour and even staff job satisfaction.

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Andy Warhol Inspired Art at The Grange Primary SchoolGrange Primary credits Artsmark for helping them to boost attainment, particularly in literacy.

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Artsmark St George's Primary School Pupils Practicing danceSt  George’s Primary School in Hull have used Artsmark to address significant socio-economic challenges and build a community that enjoys coming to school.

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A common question asked about Artsmark is “How does Artsmark affect Ofsted results?” Our answer to that is it can help you meet your social, cultural and moral requirements.  To prove this we’ve gathered a series of positive quotes from Ofsted reports at Artsmark schools.

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If you’re interested in your school becoming an Artsmark school then the best thing to do is to bring Artsmark to the attention of the head teacher.

We’ve made a special page, just for heads, which explains to them the many tangible benefits of Artsmark and how it can help them, their pupils, their staff and their whole community. You can find it here.

Or, download and share with them this Artsmark booklet.

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