Artsmark Arts Award Support Fund

“Delivering the Arts Award has forced me to think beyond the curriculum and exam system and reconnect with what I do. I want more creativity choice and challenge in my lessons, and I’ve enjoyed learning about who inspires the students I teach.” – teacher at Bosworth Academy, Leicester

“Arts Award has created a buzz around the school for the creative arts and the need for it in the school setting” – teacher at New College Leicester

Artsmark Schools: Arts Award Support fund

The Arts Award Support Fund provides small grants to schools currently registered as Artsmark Schools, to support them to pilot, embed or develop Arts Award activity during their journey through the Artsmark process.

It is expected that the young people you work with through this grant will successfully complete their Arts Award. This means completing a successful moderation for Explore, Bronze, Silver or Gold levels and submitting names to Trinity for Discover certification.

Schools and Arts Award

The Arts Award is a structured, nationally recognised opportunity for young people to develop their creativity, leadership and communication skills.

  • Arts Award is a portfolio based national qualification at 4 levels: Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold (Discover is an introductory level)
  • Arts Award can map to a range of activities and subjects within school and formal educational settings.
  • It is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England
  • Young people work as artists to…
    - Develop their own creative practice
    - Engage with the world of arts
    - Share skills through leadership projects
  • Schools have reported the award has had a positive impact on students’ literacy, engagement and attendance
  • Arts Award raises students’ aspirations and provides motivation for young people. The award helps students build skills they need for success in school, further education and employment.
  • The four qualifications are recognised on the QCF. Accreditation starts at entry Level 3 and goes up to Level 3, which has UCAS points attached. They also have funded learning aims and can form part of the 16-19 study programme. There is also an introductory level.
  • Training staff as an advisor supports their professional development.
  • Offering Arts Award can contribute to achieving Artsmark status, a sign of commitment to high quality arts and cultural education. It can also enable you to facilitate a more student led curriculum.
  • Arts Award can provide a great way to bring arts and cultural experiences to the children and young people you work with, supporting ACE’s Cultural Education Challenge.

Who is eligible?

We welcome applications from schools who currently hold Artsmark status. You must have submitted your statement of commitment to be eligible to apply for the fund but can be at any point along your Artsmark journey.

Please note that if you have received an Artsmark Arts Award support fund grant or a Start-up and Progression package previously, you will not be eligible to apply for this funding.

How much can you apply for?

Schools can apply for a grant between £250 - £750. Value for money will be considered when assessing applications. We will also consider the level of planned delivery, amount of young people involved, requirements of the young people involved and the individual plan of each school to move forward with Arts Award.

What can I use the grant for?

We expect you to spend the grant on one or more of the following:

  • Arts Award Adviser training for staff at any level
  • Discover certificate costs and moderation costs at Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold levels
  • Fees for workshops with a specialist or professional
  • Additional adviser/staff time not already covered in school

You will be expected to set your own deadline for completion of your supported activity and will be asked to provide an end-point evaluation. All activity must be completed by 15th March 2020.

You will also be expected to include moderation or certification costs in your predicted budget, even if you plan to use separate funds for this later. Without this, it’s not clear how you will enable young people to achieve their Arts Award.

More information on certification and moderation costs can be found here:

How do I apply?

To apply for this fund please download and complete the application form below. Return it to us at: by 15th July 2019.

If you have any questions about this offer or wish to speak to Sophie or Ingrid from the Arts Award team for any further information, you can reach us on 0116 2616 834.

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