Artsmark has changed. Forward-looking, with a focus on development, the new award aligns your arts and culture provision with whole school improvement.

Artsmark celebrates the arts in your school, gives you a framework to show evidence of a broad and balanced curriculum (including social, moral, spiritual and cultural education), and builds a creative and confident community.

How we can help

We support schools to prepare for and apply for Artsmark. Register your interest in a Discover Artsmark session for an introduction to the new Artsmark Award, and start your journey.

Schools that register to be an Artsmark school send two members of staff to a development day where they can reflect on current provision, identify areas for development and share ideas and experiences with peers from other settings. They then devise a statement of commitment, deliver their action plan and submit a case study to show the impact their actions have had.

The three Artsmark levels are described in the self-assessment tool here.

Other sample documents along with a step-by- step guide to the whole process can be found here.

Download the Artsmark Process diagram

Essex Music Hub also has a dedicated Artsmark officer to help with questions and give you all the information you need to get started – email: Peter.lovell@essex.gov.uk