Artsmark in Liverpool

Currently 41% 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. We are currently offering Artsmark match funding to encourage more LLP schools to join Liverpool’s growing Artsmark family.

Artsmark match funding offer 2018

Register between now and the end of the Summer Term 2018 (Friday 20 July 2018) and we will MATCH YOUR £500 REGISTRATION FEE WITH £500 TO WORK WITH AN ARTS OR CULTURAL PARTNER.

We will also organise bespoke development days with cultural partners which will take place during the Summer Term – you will attend one of these to kick-start your Artsmark plan.

Please get in touch with Nicola Alexander at the Liverpool Learning Partnership if you would like to take up our match funding offer and start your Artsmark journey. She will explain how you register for Artsmark and take your details. During the development day we will discuss the type of cultural partner you might like to work with and when you’ve decided you can claim your £500 to work with them.

There’s also a huge amount of free, ongoing support to help teachers with Artsmark, through the Liverpool Cultural Education Partnership and Curious Minds. For schools already on the Artsmark journey, please get in contact with Alice Demba if you need support.

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.

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 steps you need to take to become an Artsmark school:

  1. Register and pay the Artsmark fee of either £500 or £800 (for a more bespoke package). You can do that here:
  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. The next Development Day in Liverpool is at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) on 15 November 2017, and you can book onto it here if you have registered already for Artsmark:
  3. Complete a self-assessment – you only need to do this in draft before the Development Day, or have had a quick look at it to think about what level you are currently at. You will be given more support to complete it at the Development Day. You can find it here:
  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. 

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? 

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.

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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