For Teachers

Artswork’s offer to schools

We work to bridge together schools and arts and cultural organisations, to enhance the cultural offering for children and young people (particularly those in areas of least engagement).

Discover great arts & culture! has been developed to allow teachers and professionals working with children and young people to quickly and easily connect with great art and culture in the South East

More information can be found here


The updated Artsmark award has now been launched by Arts Council England.  Designed by schools, for schools, Artsmark offers the support needed to build and develop quality arts and cultural experiences as part of a broad and balanced curriculum – along with a way to display your commitment to this.

Further information on Artsmark, including how to register, can be found here

Arts Award

Open to school pupils of any age, Arts Award offers unique qualifications to support young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. The programme develops creativity, leadership and communication skills and nurtures the kind of independence that prepares your pupils for further education and the workplace.  Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England.

Further information on Arts Award can be found here

Useful Resources and Toolkits for you to download

Our resource library contains a range of downloadable content, including case studies and toolkits, to provide you with inspiration and advice when planning your school’s next arts project

Find our Resources section here

Our Specialist Team of School Liaison Managers work to support schools through engagement, advocacy and expert advice:

Trevor Harris – covering Berkshire, Oxford, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes

Lorraine Cheshire – covering Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton

Leanne Macdonald – covering Kent (excluding the unitary authority of Medway and the North Kent districts of Dartford, Gravesham and Swale.)

Jane Dickson – covering Surrey, East and West Sussex, Brighton and Hove


Partnerships and Networks

We want to make sure that schools and organisations are talking to and supporting each other in arts and cultural projects. We support networks and partnerships that enable your school to benefit from greater strategic cultural opportunities. Facilitating partnerships means that more people can achieve more collectively than they can individually.

Find out more about our Partnership Investment Programme here

In partnership with Arts Council England, we are working to create sustainable Cultural Education Partnerships across the South East.

More information here


South East Schools Arts Paper

We publish the South East Schools Arts Paper and distribute it free to all schools in the region. The paper contains useful information, inspiring case studies and much more.

You can also read all issues of the newspaper online. 

Issue One                         Issue Two                       Issue Three

Other ways we can help your school

  •  We can give talks at career days at your school, to show school-leavers what options are available to them in the creative and cultural sector and provide details on how they can apply for work-based learning programmes, including Creative Apprenticeships
  • We provide training courses on a variety of themes surrounding working with children and young people – including child protection policy, project management and mentoring – to help teachers to continue their personal and professional development.

We Work To…

  •  Build an understanding of schools and cultural engagement
  • Connect routes for children and young people to engage in arts and culture
  • Support schools in delivering and evidencing a high quality cultural offer
  • Encourage education providers to work together, co-commissioning quality cultural activity
  • Increase take up of Artsmark and Arts Award achievement
  • Widen cultural sector partnership-working within teacher training and continuing professional development
  • Facilitate arts, cultural and educational cross-sector understanding
  • Strengthen connectivity between cultural organisations and schools
  • Share best practice and celebrate success

Useful Links:

National Society for Education in Art  and Design

National Drama

National Association for the Teaching of English

The Media Education Association

Music Mark

Incorporated Society of Musicians

National Dance Teachers Association

Cultural Learning Alliance

Culture Case

Examples of resources and toolkits for download: