Artsmark

 

A Little Learning is a member of the Artsmark Partnership programme, an Arts Council England endorsed network of arts and cultural organisations that can support education settings on their Artsmark journey to embed arts and culture across the curriculum.

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools and education settings, awarded by Arts Council England, recognising their commitment to high quality arts and cultural education. It is a great process that can support schools.

 

  • Audit current provision and create a strategic action plan to embed creativity across the whole curriculum and address school improvement targets
  • Access professional support, advice and resources to strengthen your arts provision and your staff’s expertise 
  • Develop knowledge and confidence of middle leaders and SLT
  • Deliver a broad and balanced curriculum and build young people’s 21st Century skills
  • Look at the health and wellbeing of pupils through arts and culture
  • Strengthen pupil voice and develop young people’s leadership skills 
  • Engage with pupils, parents and your local community
  • Develop new partnerships with cultural organisations, providing young people with exciting opportunities through the Artsmark partnership programme.
 

Schools on their Artsmark journey get guided by the Quality Principles ; these support schools to look at their creative curriculum in a holistic way and achieve their ambitions for high quality arts and cultural provision. 

 

The seven Quality Principles:

  • Striving for excellence and innovation
  • Being authentic
  • Being exciting, inspiring and engaging
  • Ensuring a positive and inclusive experience
  • Actively involving children and young people
  • Enabling personal progression
  • Developing belonging and ownership

 

How can we help?

We at A Little Learning as an Artsmark partner are excited to be supporting many schools and education settings on their Artsmark journey, inspiring children and young people to have access to arts and culture, see and review art, create and participate in high quality artistic experiences that shape them as individuals, citizens and artists.

We offer education settings who are working towards an Artsmark Award the following :

  • Consultancy and Staff CPD
  • Arts Award & the North East London Arts Award [& Artsmark] network
  • Projects and Programmes for Schools  | KS1/2/3/4/5 | SEND  
  • Cluster projects across partner schools
 
Consultancy 
We help you address and strategically resolve any creative curriculum bugbears. 
Are you a subject lead, senior leader or arts coordinator that need some guidance? Do you need support to join the dots and ensure you have a cohesive and strategic creative offer across the curriculum involving a range of disciplines and addressing the needs of all learners including more able learners and those that struggle to engage with school?
Are you wondering how well you could be doing, wanting to find out what other schools might be delivering and/or want inspiration?
We work with arts leads, music leads, creative leads, assistant/deputy head with creative learning and curriculum design responsibilities. We enable schools to practice a strategic approach to the audit, changes and delivery of their creative curriculum. We work with you to put together an internal team with clear roles , review your action plan and provide guidance on accessing opportunities to support key staff to take an active role that will have an impact beyond this work.
 
CPD
Looking for CPD programmes to enable teachers to run projects in school? Learn new skills, techniques and best practice in order to feel confident and equipped to deliver back at your school. All CPD programmes include resources.
 
Arts Award
As part of your Artsmark journey, you may be interested to learn more Arts Award. We support schools to incorporate and strategically embed Arts Award. We provide information and  clarity on the difference between Arts Award and Artsmark and how one complements the other. We often incorporate Arts Award in our projects and residencies with schools.
We support schools to use Arts Award as a framework for learning to address student voice, peer learning, project based learning, student agency, cross curricular creativity from literacy to family engagement.
We are an Arts Award Centre and Arts Award Supporter delivering projects at all 5 levels of the Award, from Discover to Gold, writing resources and delivering CPD.
 
Need to know more about what exactly Arts Award is? 
Here are some pointers.
  • It’s a set of unique qualifications that support young people to grow as artists and arts leaders in any art form.
  • Open to anyone aged up to 25, Arts Award embraces all interests and backgrounds
  • Available at five levels, four accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework and one introductory level
  • Arts Award offers a flexible framework that can work with any arts, cultural or media activity
  • Why might Arts Award be of interest?
  • Supports them to expand their knowledge and understanding of the Arts and Culture and its relevance to their lives
  • Develops 21st Century vital skills, creativity and leadership
  • Inspires and nurtures their creative practice
  • Encourages them to develop as arts leaders and look at career and progression options
  • Is personalised and portfolio/evidence based
  • It can be done in a range of artforms
 
The Arts Award (and Artsmark) Network
Schools on their Artsmark journeys can network and collaborate with other schools and organisations and access free CPD by joining local Area Networks. A Little Learning is commissioned by the London Bridge A new Direction, to run the North East London Arts Award Network in 8 London boroughs.
The aim of this network is to facilitate opportunities for a shared strategic approach to enable schools, organisations, Arts Award centres and supporters to work together and help schools and young people to take full advantage of the local cultural offer. We cover all artforms from music, dance and drama to visual art, poetry, storytelling, design, creative coding and media. We link up eight East London boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, City of London, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Redbridge,Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. All of the events (physical and online/webinars) are free and would be very useful to any schools running or wishing to run Arts Award, any schools running or wishing to run Artsmark  or any schools (primary, secondary and special) wishing to develop their curriculum in terms of oracy, creativity, project based learning, student voice, use of digital.
Join the network herehttps://forms.gle/yd3MD4aYA6pVhaNV6
 
Projects and Programmes for Schools  | KS1/2/3/4/5 | SEND  
We offer exciting, engaging and strategic projects in a range of art forms which your school might not normally be able to offer, such as music, dance, animation, photography, film, art & design. We plan the project with the school, taking into account the school’s Artsmark aims and school improvement targets and priorities.
We can deliver short term, long term and year long projects.
What you can expect when working with us:
  • We support a broad and balanced curriculum with our school based projects
  • We have a particular focus on multi discipline creative learning, using technology and student leadership
  • We embed  CPD for teachers and other school staff in our delivery
Networks are very important to us. Where possible we will encourage further links with other schools and/or organisations.
Our programmes and activity are wholly inclusive, and we can work with a wide range of needs. Our projects give young people new creative experiences, whilst breaking down stereotypes and barriers and change attitudes so that learning disabled people feel confident to access a wide range of arts and culture and follow their interests and talents.
We are passionate about progression and we can signpost to further opportunities to develop pupils’ and teachers’ interests, skills and talents.
 
Cluster working 
We have a special interest in cluster working. We can bring schools together or work with a number of schools already in a federation, MAT or partnership. 
Are you looking to share costs, resources and learning?
Are you in search of ways to develop your networks?
Are you a secondary school that is looking to develop transition?
Cluster working can definitely support all this and more.
 
What next?
To find out more about the Artsmark process:
You can download your official Artsmark Booklet here.
To chat to us about how we can support you during your Artsmark journey
 
Get in touch
To receive more information about our Artsmark partnership offer get in touch with our programmes producer Francesca: fran@alittlelearning.org