How Creative Schools Artsmark works



We meet with your school to help identify key improvement needs and development areas that a creative project can support, linked with your school’s Artsmark ambitions.

For schools taking their first steps on the Artsmark journey, the Creative Schools needs assessment process will be integrated into an Artsmark Development Day session in June 2017.  At your Artsmark Development Day, two members of staff (including a member of your SLT) will spend a day taking part in activities designed to help review current arts provision, identify areas for development and create an action plan to address them.

As the first step in this process, you will undertake a Self-Assessment exercise using the Artsmark Self-Assessment tool.

If you have already completed an Artsmark Development Day and submitted your Statement of Commitment,  the Creative Schools needs assessment will support you to fulfil your Artsmark priorities and achieve your objectives through high-quality projects that meet your school’s needs and can be used as evidence when writing your Case Study.


Starting with your school’s needs our network of 30+ East London cultural partners will propose current, bespoke or completely new projects that can help you deliver your priorities and support your Artsmark journey.


We will match you up with the projects that work for you and your school, supporting your SIP or SDP.  We will hold a match-making event in the Autumn term of 2017 where you can meet East London cultural partners in one place; saving your staff time.


Working in partnership with some of East London’s leading cultural organisations, your students take part in high-quality arts projects that meet your school’s needs and can be used as evidence when writing your Case Study.


Celebrate your school’s strengths and share practice at termly networking events with East London education and cultural leaders; access staff CPD opportunities at our annual Schools Symposium; and demonstrate your school’s commitment to delivering high-quality arts opportunities as you plan and deliver your Artsmark ambitions.


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Creative Schools is supported by A New Direction, with funding from Arts Council England through Bridge funds, and is part of the London Cultural Education Challenge, an ambitious £900,000 three year programme designed to bring about a step-change in Cultural Education and young people’s cultural engagement in London.

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