How Artsmark works

Artsmark has been redesigned, by schools for schools, to make it relevant and straightforward.

How long will the process take? 

The whole Artsmark process can take four years.

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 one academic term to process and level both your documents. When you are awarded you can keep your Artsmark level for two years. You can re-register and work towards your next award at any point after being awarded an Artsmark level.There are termly submission deadlines for Case Studies to go forward for levelling. Check the dates with your local delivery partner. 

There are a handful of simple steps that explain the new Artsmark award.
Engaging with the award could not be simpler:

  1. Schools are able to register to the Artsmark award online. Schools will be invoiced for the relevant fee amount to join Artsmark upon submission of their registration.
  2. Schools must undertake a Self-Assessment exercise using the Artsmark Self-Assessment tool. This will give a school a general sense of its 'start point' in terms of arts capacity and quality of provision.
  3. Two members of staff including a member of the school's SLT attend a Development Day which is run by their local Bridge organisation. At this event they begin high level planning for the arts in their school by drafting an Artsmark Statement of Commitment (SoC).
  4. Back at school the Statement of Commitment is finalised and signed off by the headteacher and chair of governors. The Statement of Commitment will be the key arts planning document and will tie arts provision to overarching aims in the School's strategy – as evidenced in School Improvement or Development plans. By submitting your Statement of Commitment you agree to Artsmark Award Terms and Conditions
  5. More detailed planning of arts provision can begin with reference to the Quality Principles and Planning Guidance. This document helps to ensure that all arts projects, all cross-curricular, extra-curricular work and subject specific offers (Music, Art, Dance and Drama for example) are of the highest quality.
  6. Artsmark Schools will be able to access additional support and networking opportunities throughout their Artsmark journey between the submission of their Statement of Commitment and completion of their Case Study. 
  7. Finally, schools will write up their learning using a template designed to capture their Artsmark Case Study. This will be informed by consideration of the Quality principles and the use of compelling evidence – increased participation, increased attainment, improved well-being, whatever the original drivers were, as stated in the SoC/School Improvement Plan. Arts Council England will reflect on the Case Study evaluative report against the original Statement of Commitment to assess distance travelled and will award a 'level' of Artsmark award which the school can hold for two years before reapplying.

Schools may wish to download the Artsmark award guidance and templates.


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
Minister of State for Digital and Culture
Department for Culture, Media and Sport