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 that 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:

For more information, read our poster “10 Reasons Why Arts and Culture Make A Difference to Young People’s Lives.”


One of the key benefits of Artsmark is the way it addresses the issue of a narrow curriculum. Artsmark allows you to understand curriculum, less as blocks of time spent on subjects, and more as a system to implement the learning goals of the school with arts & culture embedded across the whole curriculum.

Specific other benefits include:


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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The first step on the Artsmark journey is attending one of our Artsmark Briefings. At these sessions, we’ll take you through how the Artsmark process works, how long it takes and we’ll answer any questions you might have.

If you’re interested in attending our next briefing, please fill in the contact form below and we’ll be in touch to arrange a suitable date and time.

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