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How Arts Award can work for you

Arts Award develops creative learners and supports student achievement. It is suitable for all learners and can be delivered as a universal offer or as a targeted intervention or extension programme. 

Offering Arts Award can also help schools to demonstrate certain elements of the Ofsted framework and Teaching Standards and provides links to the curriculum, including Key Stage 3 English and History. Offering Arts Award demonstrates a schools’ commitment to a broad and balanced curriculum, as well as contributing to fulfilling SMSC requirements.

Find out more about Arts Award's value and position in today's education landscape.

Watch our film to hear what schools have to say about Bronze Arts Award.


 

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Personalised learning

The award framework links well with Key Stages 1-5, offering opportunities for progression through DiscoverExploreBronzeSilver and Gold, or for students to start at the level most suited to them.

Find out more about how to support students to create arts logs and portfolios that reflect their individual achievements and progress on our portfolios page. Options include using Artsbox, a digital portfolio space and app where children and young people can record and share their arts experiences, work towards an Arts Award and collect rewards for cultural visits. It’s fun, free, interactive and safe. 

Flexible framework

Schools achieve great results with a range of approaches, from whole year group delivery to extra-curricular projects and partnership working. 

Find out more about the benefits of running Arts Award in our schools leaflet.

See our further education page for ways Arts Award can support students' continuing education.

Running Arts Award with large groups

Arts Award works well when run with large groups, for example a whole year group or class. Visit our large groups page for more information and guidance.

 

What schools say

‘Arts Award is a great opportunity for the pupils to develop independence, self-manage and take responsibility for their own learning. This award enables the pupils to focus on areas of the arts that they find interesting, and excel. A hugely rewarding and enriching experience for all the pupils and teachers involved.’
Kim Robertson, Deputy Headteacher, Cranborne Middle School

'Arts Award has had a huge, measurable impact at the college. As well as raising the profile and levels of achievement in arts subjects, it has provided a creative haven where learners can build confidence and relationships and take risks within a supportive environment.'
Mandi Collins, Vice Principal, Thomas Estley Community College

‘Arts Award is an enriching opportunity for students who are looking to acquire a broad and balanced curriculum that extends beyond the Ebacc. This says nothing about the other impacts that Arts Award provides including resilience, self-confidence, creativity and risk taking.’
Mark Morrall, Executive Principal, Chingford Academies Trust


What next?

Follow these links for more guidance: 

Please note: the resources on this page are planning tools only and should not be used as a substitute for the adviser toolkit. In order to deliver Arts Award, you must have completed adviser training at the appropriate level.