Essential Artsmark updates

Last updated: 23 June 2021

Following a challenging and disruptive time for schools, we have been reflecting on how we can improve our support and your Artsmark experience.

The extensions on Statement of Impact deadlines that we provided in May 2020 and January 2021 still stand – we hope these have given you the breathing space you’ve needed in light of the challenges of teaching and implementing your plans for Artsmark during the pandemic.

Despite the challenges, we’ve been so inspired to see Artsmark settings using arts and creativity to support pupil wellbeing and learning so successfully, and we encourage you to maintain this momentum and use the Artsmark framework to support as you respond and deliver your plans for recovery.

We understand you will still be facing a great deal of pressure and increased workloads in the next academic year, so we are busy behind the scenes making some improvements to our processes to enhance our support for schools.

The structure of the programme remains unchanged but there are a few updates to be aware of including moving to online submissions from September and temporary closure of registrations.

Here's what to look out for over the summer and Autumn term. We hope you find these updates useful.


Summer holidays


Temporary registration closure

In order to prepare for the new online submission process, our registration form will be closed from 1 August to 5 September 2021. We hope this won’t cause too much disruption and that you take advantage of having a well-earned rest!

This means you will not be able to register or re-register for Artsmark during this time. If you’d like to register before the start of the new academic year, please do so here by 31 July.

If you have any queries, contact for further assistance. 


Submissions remain open as usual over the summer, so you can still submit your Statement of Commitment or Statement of Impact to us by email during this time, however, please note the new online submission process will start from 6 September 2021.


Autumn term


Online submissions

All Artsmark settings submitting a Statement of Commitment or Statement of Impact from 6 September onwards will be required to submit online and email submissions will no longer be accepted. Instead, you’ll receive a unique web link to your personalised Statement of Commitment or Statement of Impact form where you’ll be able to enter and submit your answers.

We hope this makes the process simpler and more secure for you. Download our Submission Guidance for more information, but the key steps to follow are below:

Unique web links won’t be sent to settings until September so if you’d planned to submit before then, you can still follow the current process and send us your document by email.

Don’t forget, our Completing your Statement of Commitment and Completing your Statement of Impact resources now offer additional guidance recognising the impact Covid-19 may have had on your Artsmark journey.


Automated registration form

From 6 September, our registration form will automatically fill in your setting’s details for you when you enter your DfE number, making form filling much quicker! If your setting is  eligible for Artsmark but you do not have a DfE number, you can register by emailing us directly:


We're here to support you

As always, your first point of contact is your local Bridge Organisation, who are on hand to support you through these changes and can help you prepare your Statement of Commitment and Statement of Impact submissions.

  • Since September we’ve been sharing lots of inspiration from Artsmark settings about how they’ve continued to deliver Artsmark during the pandemic in our Artsmark in action series. Packed full of top tips, these might help you reframe how you can document your journey in your Statement of Impact.
  • Check out our Artsmark Support Video for more details about how we’ve adapted our support for teachers.
  • Email the Artsmark team if you have any questions:

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 vital 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 childhood.

Artsmark Award does brilliant work in schools and education to ensure young people access a broad and balanced curriculum that includes high-quality arts and culture.

Michael Ellis MP
Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism
Department of Culture, Media and Sport