Frequently asked questions

Your questions answered

Artsmark is an award for schools who demonstrate their commitment to embedding arts and cultural provision at the heart of their school.

From registration to submitting your first formal document, your Statement of Commitment, usually takes two academic terms. From here you have up to two years to develop and evaluate your provision and submit a Case Study, your second formal document. Artsmark then take approximately 10 weeks to process and level both your documents. When you are awarded you can keep your Artsmark level for two years.

Art is a seen as a broad term that extends across art and culture. Examples may include dance, drama, visual arts, digital media, film, cultural heritage, music.

It is not necessary to cover all artforms within your school’s curriculum, but it is expected that your school strives for a broad offer of high quality arts and cultural experiences for your pupils.

The new Artsmark Award is forward looking, requiring schools to set a specific arts and culture related priority that aligns with their school development plans. The Artsmark Journey involves the whole school with the approval and support of the head teacher and chair of governors. The journey is simple and straightforward with less form filling. 

The Artsmark Award fee is £500 and small schools may pay a reduced fee of £250. Small schools are defined as schools with 100 pupils or less on roll. This is in line with the National Small School Association.

The Self-Assessment tool provides guidance on the criteria for each level.

The Self-Assessment tool will allow a school to audit their existing arts and cultural provision and establish how they can develop towards a level. Each school will have their own Artsmark journey to take and the programme is flexible to accommodate this.

Yes, if this is a realistic stretch for your school and you feel it can be achieved within two years, your school may aim for any level.

You will write a Case Study that demonstrates the impact the arts and cultural provision of your school has had on its students. Your Case Study will also clearly show your school's Artsmark journey by providing a sense of the distanced travelled from setting your original objectives in your Statement of Commitment. 

There will be no quantitative data element of the Case Study, but we do expect that you will continue to collate data to be able to demonstrate in your Case Study, the impact of provision on students.

Your current Artsmark Award remains valid until it expires, but you are welcome to register for the new Artsmark Award at any point, while still holding the previous award.

Schools who achieved Artsmark in R14 and R14 Extended are valid until July 2017. Schools who achieve Artsmark from September 2015 onwards will hold their award for two years from the moment they are awarded a Silver, Gold or Platinum level.

The responsibility of the Artsmark Award should be held by the whole school, with the support and approval of the head teacher and chair of governors.

You can contact the Artsmark team via with initial registration queries. Your local Bridge organisation will also be able to provide some initial advice. Artsmark schools will gain access to additional support delivered by their Bridge organisation throughout their Artsmark journey. You can find out who your local Bridge organisation is here

Registration is available on the website. 

Any school, pupil referral unit or special educational needs setting in England may register for Artsmark Award. You can find further information here.

You may register at any time.

Each school must send a member of their SLT and a member of teaching staff to the Development Day.

All documents should be emailed to The Statement of Commitment must be signed and dated by both the head teacher and chair of governors. The Artsmark team aims to respond within five working days to confirm receipt of your submission.

The levelling panel will meet once per term

No, but we would expect schools aiming for Platinum level to be offering Arts Award to their pupils.

No. Arts Award is a range of qualifications that support anyone up to 25 years to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world. Further information can be found on the Arts Award website.

Cultural education gives children and young people the opportunity to develop their creativity, both individually and collectively, and that's why our goal is for every child and young person to have the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts.

Darren Henley
Chief Executive
Arts Council England

It's so important that children have the opportunity to learn and enjoy arts and culture from an early age. It develops their creativity, inspires future careers and enriches their childhoods.

Artsmark does fantastic work in school across the country, bringing high quality arts and culture into the classroom.

Matt Hancock
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Culture, Media and Sport