Artsmark is the Arts Council’s creative quality standard. Achieving an Artsmark demonstrates that a school delivers an exemplary arts & cultural education.
What does that mean in practice? Well, this video gives a good explanation.
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.
But we understand, not every school leader sees it that way. Fortunately, Artsmark can help with that too. But to help you advocate for the importance of arts and cultural experiences, 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.
Artsmark helps schools to bring the arts back into their curriculum and improve on that they already offer. It does this by helping schools reframe their curriculum, as a system to implement the learning goals of the school with arts & culture embedded across the whole curriculum.
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 child’s school isn’t an Artsmark school, what is your child 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.
A common question asked about Artsmark is “How does Artsmark affect Ofsted results?” That’s tricky because many of the positive benefits won’t be just from the quality of artwork produced by pupils. They will be in behaviour, wellbeing and enthusiasm, which then improves everything else. But, what we can do is provide a series of positive quotes from Ofsted reports at Artsmark schools.
If you’re interested in your child’s school becoming an Artsmark school then the best thing to do is to bring Artsmark to the attention of your child’s 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.