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Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England (ACE), providing a clear framework for teachers and education professionals to plan, develop and evaluate their arts and cultural provision.

With over 3000 registered schools, Artsmark is seeing measurable impact on the quantity and quality of arts and cultural provision in schools and the way schools are using this strategically by embedding it within their development plans.

Artsmark and Music Education Hubs

Schools are asked to consider their arts and cultural provision through the lens of eight criteria, one of which looks at how they are developing valuable partnerships with arts and cultural providers.

To achieve a Gold or Platinum Artsmark Award, schools are expected to be engaging with their Music Education Hub. In 2016, a small group of hubs tested how they could support their schools on their Artsmark journey and the benefits their report evidenced were:

  • Discover further opportunities for engagement with schools through awareness of Artsmark priorities
  • More positive and productive conversations with schools
  • Develop broader and deeper relationships with schools
  • Increase demand for hub programmes through more culturally engaged schools
  • Development opportunities for staff from hubs

Artsmark Partnership Programme

Artsmark Partnership Programme is an Arts Council England endorsed network of organisations who support Artsmark registered schools on their journey to embed arts and culture across the curriculum.

Schools can search for Artsmark Partners, and other arts and cultural organisations, near them via – the quick easy way for schools to connect with arts and culture across the South East.

Bridge Organisations

Artsmark can help unlock the potential of children and young people, develop character, talent and confidence and increase their knowledge and understanding. Schools are supported on their Artsmark journey by regional Bridge organisations.

Artswork, the South East Bridge, provide advice, resources and support sessions for schools in Kent just starting, and currently on, their Artsmark journey.


Schools in North Kent are supported by Royal Opera House Bridge – more information on their offer can be found on their website:

Royal Opera House Bridge

Find out more

How Artsmark works and how you can sign your school up today

Artsmark Award document downloads