Artsmark in Liverpool

Currently 44% of Liverpool schools (out of 171 schools) are registered as Artsmark - this compares with 17% in the North West and 15% in England. Higher Education Institutions and nurseries are not currently eligible for Artsmark. 

Artsmark is the perfect, teacher-friendly framework and planning tool to build art and culture into your whole school development plan - see below for more details about the Artsmark process. The Liverpool Learning Partnership’s ambition is to support as many Liverpool schools as possible to achieve Artsmark.

Artsmark support

If you're on the Artsmark journey then there is support available from Curious Minds, Arts Council England's Bridge organisation for the North West. Curious Minds is dedicated to improving the lives of children and young people through great art and culture. This toolkit created by Curious Minds is designed to help you complete your Statement of Commitment.

Artsmark has changed...

Since October 2015, the Arts Council has been offering schools a new experience of Artsmark. The process has been redesigned, by schools for schools, to make it relevant and straightforward. It will link to your School Development Plan and support the needs and priorities of your school. For example a focus on a specific art form you want to develop, or a focus on how art and culture can support cross-curricular learning, mental health and wellbeing or pupils with SEND.

You can hear teachers talk about how Artsmark has benefited them in this Curious Minds podcast:

A broad and balanced curriculum 

Artsmark is a planning tool to take your school on a journey to develop a broad and balanced curriculum, as well as excellent extra-curricular activities. The Artsmark process will help you to weave art and culture into the areas of your curriculum where you believe it could have the most impact on your school’s priorities. It provides a framework for you to reflect, plan, develop, deliver and evaluate, complementing your self-evaluation and gathering evidence into a clear, concise case study.

Protecting arts subjects 

Artsmark is also a way to ensure that talented and motivated students do not lose the opportunity to study and excel in the arts. Whilst some schools are struggling to teach all art forms, the arts and cultural sector can help you deliver high quality arts education in all arts subject areas. The Artsmark process can help you plan how to support some of your students to remain on track with their arts learning, strive for exceptional educational outcomes, and progress to the right further education, training or work experience opportunities.

A straightforward process

These are the seven steps you need to take to become an Artsmark school (or you can watch a short Curious Minds film here

  1. Register online here: and check out the Self-Assessment Framework:  
  2. Book onto a Development Day. (Once you've registered for Artsmark, the Arts Council will share your contact details with Curious Minds, the Bridge organisation in the North West that helps connect schools to art and culture. When they receive your details, someone from Curious Minds will get in touch to explain how to book onto a Development Day, with dates that they are happening in Liverpool and across the North West). 
  3. Submit your Statement of Commitment: Artsmark Statement of Commitment template Aug 2018
  4. Start your journey! You have up to two years to develop art and culture within your schools, aligned to your school development priorities, on a scale and at a pace to suit you. 
  5. Submit your Case Study: Artsmark Case Study template Aug 2018
  6. Receive your award and celebrate!
  7. Re-register in two years' time

All documents needed to take you through the Artsmark process are available here:

LLP support

Cultural Education Coordinator Alice Demba is available to discuss progress with you throughout your journey and help you find art or cultural partners. We will also support you to share practice and evidence of impact, develop CPD that supports high quality teaching and learning and respond to the needs of vulnerable learners.

How does Artsmark support Ofsted criteria? 

Currently Ofsted is consulting on a new framework to be used from September 2019. Here are some of the proposed changes:

  • Judgements on 'behaviour and attitudes' and 'personal development' will be made separately, because behaviour and attitudes are 'best evaluated and judged separately from the provision made to promote learners’ wider personal development, character and resilience'.
  • The quality of teaching, learning and assessment judgment will be replaced with an overall quality of education judgment which is less focused on outcomes, to 'de-intensify the inspection focus on performance data and place more emphasis on the substance of education and what matters most to learners and practitioners'.
  • A new emphasis on good character and resilience among pupils and a broad, well-balanced knowledge-rich curriculum

Interaction with high quality art and culture can support behaviour, attitudes, personal development, quality of teaching and learning, character and resilience. Using the Artsmark framework can help you to weave arts and cultural experiences into your curriculum and plan long-term, sustainable partnerships with highly skilled local arts and cultural educators. This in turn can help your school to meet Ofsted criteria.

For example, using art and culture as a stimulus, context and focus can:

  • Provide a highly stimulating environment and exceptional organisation of the curriculum that provides rich, varied and imaginative experiences.
  • Help inform learners understand the options available to them and be informed about local and national skills needs.
  • Promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and, within this, fundamental British values.
  • Provide a creative framework to help pupils understand how to stay safe in their personal and social lives.
  • Promote equality of opportunity and diversity.
  • Provide exceptional opportunities to learn outside the classroom as an essential element of a broad and balanced curriculum.

Find out more here:

Artsmark Case Studies

Are you on an Artsmark journey? Does your school or arts organisation have a story or case study you’d like to share with others, to show how your Artsmark journey is supporting educational outcomes? If so, please contact