The Artsmark award provides evidence of how a school is meeting its social, moral, cultural and spiritual requirements for Ofsted
The Artsmark award has been redesigned by schools, for schools to make it more relevant and straight forward and to reflect the changing educational landscape. Artsmark therefore ties in seamlessly with the new Ofsted framework, providing robust evidence of how a school is meeting its Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural requirements.
The Henley Review
Darren Henley, in his introduction to the review of cultural education in England 2012, said ‘all children can and should benefit from receiving a wide-ranging, adventurous and creative cultural education’.
Henley’s recommendations include:
- encouraging Ofsted to comment on each school’s cultural education provision as a specific part of their inspections
- better partnership links between cultural organisations and education
- most children and young people should be encouraged to take part in Arts Award
- the scope of Artsmark should be widened to include all areas of cultural education
The government response to his review welcomed news of the high percentage of teaching schools that hold Artsmark status.