1m children have benefitted from Artsmark since 2015 relaunch

31 January 2017

The figure is drawn from pupil census data from over 2,500 schools who have registered for Artsmark since October 2015

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Since re-launching in October 2015, Artsmark has now reached one million pupils through over 2,500 schools across England. 180,000 of these pupils came from 327 schools across London, where A New Direction is proud to be working with them to support them through their Artsmark journey.

Steve Moffitt, Chief Executive of A New Direction said:

'At a time where arts and culture are becoming increasingly marginalised in the curriculum, Artsmark provides a fantastic framework for schools to explore and articulate the value of creativity, arts and culture to their whole school community. This is a fantastic milestone, and we look forward to supporting more and more London schools through the process.

Artsmark is the Arts Council’s flagship award for schools. Re-launched in 2015 with a simplified structure, Artsmark champions arts and culture in a growing network of schools across England. The award supports teachers to plan, develop and evaluate high-quality arts and cultural education within a broad and balanced curriculum.

The Bridge School in Islington has recently been awarded Artsmark Platinum. Art/Senior Teacher, Ryan McClelland, commented:

From my perspective as the senior teacher responsible for the bid, the audit of the provision, training sessions, along with group and individual support from A New Direction were invaluable. They helped us identify areas of strength and aspects of our arts offer we could improve on and plan to develop accordingly. As a school that will be converting to an academy in 2017, the support and encouragement to be more outward looking and share best practice I feel has been very important in improving arts staff morale and confidence.

Click here to find out more about Artsmark, including the support offered by A New Direction.

Schools can click here to register for Artsmark and begin their journey.