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Artsmark  – are we eligible? 

It’s fairly easy to see if you are eligible to undertake the Artsmark process.  Please read on to see what the criteria are.

 

Allocated Curriculum Time

At Key Stages 1, 2 and 3, 12% of curriculum provision over the academic year is dedicated to the arts for all students in each key stage.No less than 2% of time should be spent on THREE of the four key art forms, and no less than 1.5% in ONE art form: Art, Craft and Design, Dance, Drama or Music. In addition to the minimum benchmarks for the four key art forms, the total 12% can also include other art forms such as film or digital media, creative writing including poetry, circus and carnival skills.  A list of acceptable art forms or activities is available through the Artsmark network.  A wide range of examples of arts within the curriculum count – eg. specific Drama activities in English, specific Dance in PE, a collapsed timetable for arts week, arts time in cross-curricular work and time spent on rehearsals for performances that involve all students in a year group and contribute to the curriculum.

Qualifications

• Four formally accredited arts qualifications (from across three or more accepted art forms) are available at Key Stage 4, with a minimum participation rate of 35% of the total number of students at KS4.  At least 20% of the total number of students taking part must be boys and at least 20% of the total number of students taking part must be girls. (Flexibility is given to small schools; see the Artsmark webpage on flexibility for more details.)

• Three formally accredited arts qualifications (from across two or more accepted art forms) are available at Key Stage 5, with a minimum participation rate of 30% of the total number of students at KS5. At least 20% of the total number of students taking part must be boys and at least 20% of the total number of students taking part must be girls. (Flexibility is given to small schools; see the Artsmark webpage on flexibility for more details.)

• At Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5, if any of the four key art forms are not offered as an accredited subject for a year group, all students must still be able to access them through curriculum, enrichment, or out-of-hours opportunities, working with professional artists, or another route.

Extra-curricular arts

A list of what counts as extra-curricular is available to Artsmark network members. Each activity must be available at least six times a year (sessions must be at least half an hour in length).

Year/ Key stage Minimum no. of activities Minimum no. of accepted art forms Minimum % participation of all pupils Minimum % participation of all boys width=130>Minimum % participation of all girls
Year 1 You may tell us about extra-curricular arts activity for Year 1 pupils if you offer it. However, due to the difference in provision within this year group across the country, there are no criteria specifically for Year 1 provision.
Year 2 1 1 15% 8% 8%
Key Stage 2 3 (available to each year group) 2 20% 12% 12%
Key Stage 3 6 (available to each year group) 2 20% 12% 12%
Key Stage 4/5 6 (available to each year group) 2 15% 8% 8%

Flexibility can be given to small schools; see the Artsmark webpage on flexibility for more details. In the case of single sex settings, only boys or girls participation figures are required.

Working with artists and arts organisations

• At least one opportunity is provided for all students in every year group to work with or visit an arts organisation or artist.
• Two different art form activities are available within each key stage (not each year).

Guidance in defining professional artists and arts organisations: practitioners, venues and companies in any accepted art form, including those additional to the school staff, that make at least part of their living (or have in the past) through their arts practice. As a guide, full-time staff should not be included, but part-time staff can where they are also a practising artist. External input is encouraged. Please note artists in residence, music education hubs and Bridge organisations do count where involved in direct delivery of provision.

An opportunity could be a one-off workshop or visit or part of a longer term programme, but descriptions should focus on learning outcomes.