Artsmark is Arts Council England’s flagship programme to enable schools and other organisations to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision. It is delivered by Trinity College London and 10 regional Bridge organisations drive participation.
Any school, college or youth justice organisation in England can apply for Artsmark.
Artsmark is nationally recognised as demonstrating excellence in arts and cultural provision.
Holding Artsmark status demonstrates that your school or setting values the arts and culture.
It raises the public profile of a school or setting in the eyes of prospective students, their families and across the wider community.
Artsmark contributes to the cultural aspect of Ofsted’s requirement that a school promotes students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Applications for the 2014/15 academic year have now closed. Arts Council England is currently updating Artsmark and schools and organisations that wish to participate in Artsmark are encouraged either to get involved in piloting, which will run from April 2015 to July 2015, or apply when Artsmark is formally launched in September 2015The Arts Council has released the following statement:
“Children and young people across England often experience arts and culture for the first time through school.
"The Arts Council’s Artsmark supports schools in doing this. It is a straightforward way for schools to demonstrate their approach to a broad and balanced curriculum as required by the new Ofsted inspection framework, and supports them to deliver the new curriculum.
"Arts Council England is currently updating Artsmark so that it can be as effective as possible in this support, and in helping us to achieve our ambition of ensuring all children and young people have access to high quality arts and culture, as part of our strategy Achieving great art and culture for everyone.
"Our refreshed Artsmark will be an irresistible way for schools and other educational settings to demonstrate and celebrate the impact of their arts and culture activity and to work even harder to help us improve this provision for children and young people.
"Our refreshed Artsmark will ‘go live’ from Autumn 2015, with extensive piloting from April 2015.
"Due to these developments, Arts Council and Trinity College London have agreed steps to ensure a smooth transition to the new Artsmark. Schools and other settings that have already started their application have until 30 January 2015 to complete them.
"Schools and organisations that have not yet started their applications and wish to participate in Artsmark will be encouraged either to get involved in piloting, which will run from April 2015 to July 2015, or apply when Artsmark is formally launched in September 2015. Arts Council, Trinity College London and Bridge organisations will keep schools and others updated on developments.
"Schools who received their Artsmark status in Spring / Summer 2012 will have their award extended for a year so that they can reapply from September 2015.
"We are excited by this major development and are confident that the new Artsmark designed by and for schools and teachers, will ensure a rich and high quality arts and cultural offer within schools, meaning that many more young people can experience the best arts and cultural experiences.”
Arts Council England, 27 October 2014
Please contact the Arts Council to find out more. http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/who-we-are/contact-us/
Put film at the heart of young people's education with Into Film — a new and innovative film-learning programme that enables children and young people aged 5-19, regardless of background or ability, the opportunity to see, think, make and imagine.
Whether in school, out of school, in cinemas or online, we ignite and cultivate their interest, providing teachers and youth leaders with the tools and training to support participation at all levels.
Into Film is a trading name of Film Nation UK, registered charity number: 1154030
Starting your own film club is easy and joining is free*
Club leaders receive free access to:
Resources — innovative curriculum linked resources that are suitable for a number of settings
Support — one-to-one support and guidance from a coordinator, making your club simple to run
CPD training — Opportunities to learn how to use film to as an effective learning tool, helping to raise engagement and attainment across all levels of ability
Filmmaking — resources and Into Film facilitated workshops, building team work and confidence
Industry interactions — including in-school visits from film industry professionals, screenings, and Q&As, boosting aspirations and enriching the school community
DVD Catalogue — access over 4000 thousand films suitable for for 5-19 year olds, making sure that there's something to suit all ages and interests
Competitions — regular opportunities to win fantastic prizes, ensuring interest amongst your young club members
Resources and useful links
Teaching global citizenship through art and design
The Media Archive for Central England (MACE) is the screen archive for the Midlands in the UK.
How do artists use the sketchbook?
Resource pack about working with galleries
resource pack for using films in school
Engaging Children And Young People In Culture – Publication
Early Arts downloadable practical toolkits
A guide to traditional shop fronts
Inside Out Art Group www.insideoutart.co.uk
The Cultural resources for Schools website http://www.nfer.ac.uk/CulturalEducationResources/