Designed by schools for schools, the refreshed Artsmark will help you to embed arts and culture in your whole school improvement plan.

Artsmark updates for registered settings:

We understand that current circumstances surrounding COVID-19 mean that our Artsmark settings are facing uncertainty and challenges. We want to assure all Artsmark settings that they have our full support during this time, and that support sessions are available remotely.

Please click here for essential updates from the Artsmark Team at Arts Council England, including information about the new online submission process from 6 September 2021.

Already registered? Book your place on an online Artsmark support session here or view our newly developed Artsmark Toolkit here created to help support your Artsmark journey.

Take a look below at how to submit your Artsmark documents online:

About Artsmark

Awarded by Arts Council England, Artsmark helps schools to deliver a high-quality arts and cultural education and provides an excellent way to demonstrate this, no matter what your starting point. Artsmark is open to all primary, secondary, independent and special schools in England, sixth form colleges, pupil referral units and Youth Offending Services.

We believe that every child should have an opportunity to create, experience and participate in extraordinary work. At the heart of Artsmark, seven quality principles give structure and substance to a curriculum which can unlock the potential of children and young people and help them to develop their skills and talents.

The Benefits of Artsmark for Schools and other Education Settings

  • Artsmark schools gain access to practical teaching resources as well as networks of the country’s leading cultural organisations, helping them develop and strengthen their arts provision.
  • Artsmark helps you recognise and celebrate your school’s strengths and get practical support for future ambitions for arts provision.
  • Artsmark provide strong evidence for how your school is meeting its spiritual, moral, social and cultural Ofsted requirements.
  • Artsmark enables non-specialist teachers to be confident in teaching the arts and increase staff wellbeing.

The Benefits of Artsmark for Pupils

  • Culture and creativity increases pupils’ confidence, critical and creative thinking, communication and literacy skills, improving attainment in core subjects like Maths and English.
  • The arts introduce the joys of creating and performing and experiencing art to young people who may not otherwise be exposed to it.
  • Artsmark helps encourage pupil voice and leadership skills.
  • Arts and cultural subjects provide an engaging and accessible way into the curriculum for hard to reach or disadvantaged pupils.

Artsmark in action

Take a look at our films below to find out how Artsmark can support your school development plans and why you should register. We are grateful to the following schools and partners for their excellent and informative contributions:
Springwell Academy, Leeds
Beckfoot Upper Heaton School
Beck Primary School
Kala Sangam Arts Centre
Into Film

All about Artsmark

This short film provides a comprehensive overview of the Artsmark process, including how Artsmark has supported schools to bring about long lasting and meaningful change across their settings.

Let’s prepare

Take a look at ways in which your setting can prepare effectively for the Artsmark journey by completing an arts and cultural audit and identifying areas for development that can lead to long-lasting change and impact across your whole school setting.

Artsmark paperwork

In this short film, find out more about the paperwork your setting will need to complete and submit during the Artsmark journey, including the Statement of Impact and Statement of Commitment documents with some very useful tips from our partner schools!

The Artsmark Partnership Programme

Take a look at how long-lasting partnerships with skilled arts and cultural professionals can play a vital role in helping settings to embed arts and culture across the curriculum.

Ready to get started?

Registering for Artsmark has a common sense application process that is light on paperwork and flexible to how each school is run.

To begin, please visit and complete a registration form.

Once registered, the next step is to attend an Artsmark Development Training where IVE will explain in greater detail the process, answer any questions you may have and support you in establishing the goals and methods of your Artsmark journey.

IVE offers a range of free support for schools on their Artsmark journey, from face to face workshops to phone support and resources. Contact us for more information or visit our events page.

For all enquiries, requests and support please email 

Artsmark Partners

Artsmark Partners are Arts & Cultural Organisations, Museums, Libraries and other organisations that support Artsmark.

They provide special offers, support and opportunities to work with schools to help deliver on their Artsmark goals.

See list of Artsmark Partners.

Artsmark resources

    • Artsmark toolkit

We have developed a new Artsmark toolkit resource for registered Artsmark education settings to provide extra guidance and support for every stage of the Artsmark journey. You can view the Issuu version of the Toolkit below and download a copy to keep for future reference:

    • Artsmark booklet

You can download the Artsmark booklet here.

    • Artsmark podcast

Listen to Artsmark’s sponsored TES podcast on how the arts can support pupil wellbeing and school recovery with Dr Steven Berryman and Zoe Moula: Covid and schools: How the arts can help pupil mental health.

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